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Cal Schenkel/Gary Panter SOI
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 One month from today on September  21st, Cal Schenkel and Gary Panter will be "in conversation" at the Society of Illustrators. I will be the moderator for this event. Both will be available for signings after the talk.
The invitation/announcement above was designed by Helene Silverman and you are welcome to download it for the purpose of spreading the word across the internet. Special thanks to Anelle Miller and Kate Feirtag at the Society.
Cal Schenkel

Cal Shenkel is an internationally renowned artist, who came into prominence in the 1960s, when he left art school after his first year to go work for Frank Zappa.  With Zappa, and later for musicians like Tom Waits, Tim Buckley and Three Dog Nights, Schenkel’s covers not only became iconic symbols of the times but also were hugely influential on a generation of artists.  His design for Captain Beefheart’s “Trout Mask Replica” is listed as one of the 50 greatest album cover designs of the 20th century.

 
Shenkel’s art is noted for its "idiosyncratic blend of absurdist humor and an unusual confidence in the beauty of the ‘scrappy’ surface... [it is] highly articulate and often wildly narrative." Artists who cite him as an influence include Matt Groening (“The Simpsons”) and Gary Panter, who dubbed Schenkel the “king of the ragged edge.” Schenkel continues to work as a painter, print-maker, illustrator and designer




Gary Panter

Gary Panter is possibly the most influential graphic artist of his generation, and something of a national art treasure. A three-time Emmy winner for his production design on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and recipient of the 2000 Chrysler Award for Design Excellence, he was raised in Texas by Cowboys and Indians. Panter is the creator of the punk rock character Jimbo who appeared in Slash and later in RAW magazine. Panter's book Jimbo's Inferno won an American Book Award in 2007.
"It’s always been apparent that Gary Panter’s pen was always capable of just about anything." – LA Weekly
"He is a hero in the world of illustration, design, puppetry, cartooning and painting. An endlessly inventive creative spirit, his fingerprints have left mark on many art forms." – National Post
"Gary Panter is the William Blake of comics; a true poet who sees and feels what the rest of us can't, and he's done more to expand the power of drawing in the medium than probably anyone else alive. Every cartoonist of the generation following mine is imitating one or another small aspect of his work, but it all started with, and still rests, within him." – Chris Ware





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