A psychedelic trip through the hippie movement.
Crashpad is Gary Panter’s psychedelic ode to the underground comics that inspired him: creators such as Zap’s R. Crumb, Victor Moscoso, and Robert Williams, presented as a standard black-and-white (with color covers) underground comic book. Every new work by the legendary Panter is an event, and Crashpad is an exhilarating contribution to the tradition of underground comix.
This single-issue comic features all the material of the hardback Crashpad edition in an old-school comic book format.
“Panter’s painstakingly detailed acid-trip vision offers art comics heads an immersive rabbit-hole experience and sneaky satire on a navel-gazing subculture.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“In Panter’s drawings, a line is not the shortest path between two points, but a slow, wavering one, a termite’s crawl with endless detours and distractions… this line is the constant. It intensifies his viewers’ gaze, forcing them to reexamine forms they thought they knew.” — Art In America
“Gary Panter, a prolific cartoonist who emerged in the eighties as the leading proponent of punk comics, has long been interested in blending mystical fantasy and literature to create wryly irreverent comics.” — The New Yorker
32 page black and white with color covers comic
Fantagraphics Books, 2022