Gary Panter has been very visible lately thanks to a couple of recent awe-inspiring books. Much has been written about his abilities as a painter, cartoonist, TV art director, musician, light manipulator(?), etc. I’m sure this list is not exhaustive. I’m not going to add much to what’s been written about him. I just received the new Jimbo mini-comic from Picturebox. It’s short, but full of deadpan funny non-sequiturs and great drawing; another Gary Panter quality product. But it contains one image-concept that for me encapsulates the Panter sensibility: Jimbo cruising around on a Segway chariot ‚Ä¶ Segway chariot! It slices right through the Gordian Knot of late-capitalist post-apocalyptic imagination: modern/ancient, primitive/advanced, peaceful/war-like, banal/sublime, etc. In moments like this I’m tempted to view Gary Panter as an unsung postmodern conceptualist masquerading as a cartoonist‚Ä¶ and I mean that in the best possible way! In any case, it’s time to dig out Gary’s post-apocalyptic Jimbo Gesamtkunstwerk for a closer read.