Comic legend to speak at the AGA – Metro US

Comic legend to speak at the AGA

The Art Gallery of Alberta is presenting an artist talk with renowned illustrator, painter, designer and comic-world legend Gary Panter tonight at 7 p.m.

New York-based Panter has won three Emmys for his work designing the sets and puppets for the 1980s classic TV show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Panter has completed record covers for the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and created the popular comic Jimbo, a post-nuclear punk-rock cartoon character.

In 1980, Panter published The Rozz-Tox Manifesto, a highly influential document that directed his generation to infiltrate the mainstream with underground ideas and culture.

Panter has been credited with successfully breaking down “the barrier that separates “trash’ from ‘art’ and transform(ing) underground comix into a viable art form.” In 2006-2007, Panter was a featured artist in the touring exhibition Masters of American Comics.

This week of animation-focused programming is presented alongside the recently opened exhibition The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, and will feature free film screenings, an animation workshop, an animation-themed All Day Sunday and Refinery, a late-night art party.

Free screenings of classic Warner Bros. films, such as The Golden Age of Looney Tunes and Road Runner versus Wile E. Coyote, will be shown at 7 p.m. in the AGA’s Ledcor Theatre on July 6, 7 and 9.