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Gary Panter

Gary Panter is an illustrator, painter, and designer best known for his works Jimbo, Adventures in Paradise, and Jimbo’s Inferno, as well as his Emmy Award-winning set design work for the TV show Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

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Illustration by Gary Panter

Man Oh Man—It’s Manna Man

Spring 2008 | Fiction

Manna Man checks the internet. He glances over the Local sections of over three-hundred small-town weekly newspapers to which he subscribes. He takes notes. He categorizes and tries not to make assumptions. The mail carrier detests Manna Man. The mail carrier comes home on Thursdays and asks his wife if she’ll keep quiet should Ben Culler’s house burn down mysteriously one night soon.

Illustration by Gary Panter

The 13th Egg

Spring 2008 | Fiction

September 1946 Everett had no idea how long his parents had been standing outside his bedroom door. He hadn’t heard them knock or try the knob, hadn’t heard them call out. But by the time he opened the door his father was kneeling at the loc [...]

Illustration by Gary Panter

My Interview with the Avenger

Spring 2008 | Fiction

This is a story about heroes. Yes, it is also a profile of a famous man, a “celebrity,” I suppose, but it is first and foremost a story about heroes, what they mean, and the draperies of significance with which we decorate them. The hero in question came to us as unexpectedly as a micrometeorite, and little has been the same since his impact. Of course, nearly everyone remembers how and when the man now known as the Avenger first made his existence public. Most origin stories are cumbrous with mythic overlay. But the Avenger arrived in twinkly, almost pointillistic detail. There was nothing to add to the story to make it better; it defeated augmentation.