Songy Of Paradise
Fantagraphics is proud to present a major, all-new book by Gary Panter. Songy of Paradise is an inspired interpretation of John MiltonÆs retelling of the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan after being baptized by John the Baptist and fasting for forty days and nights in the Judaean Desert. PanterÆs version doesnÆt rely on MiltonÆs words, but faithfully follows the structure of MiltonÆs Paradise Regained, with one notable exception: Jesus has been replaced by a hillbilly, Songy, who is on a vision quest before being tempted by a chimeric Satan figure. Gary Panter is one of AmericaÆs preeminent artists, designers, and cartoonists, whose work defined the L.A. punk scene and the vibrant work of the television show Pee-WeeÆs Playhouse. Songy of Paradise presents PanterÆs singular vision in an ornate, hardcover format that does justice to PanterÆs densely packed pages, with a stunning two-color stamping on cloth covers. It will be an art object, a brilliant literary experiment, and the most eye-popping graphic novel of 2017.