Gary Panter on ‘Omega: The Unknown’
Over at Marvel.com, Sean T. Collins interviews "punk comics" legend Gary Panter, who will be providing interior art for an upcoming issue of Jonathan Lethem’s Omega: The Unknown.
Panter’s ridiculously impressive resume includes work for everyone from Frank Zappa to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, designing the set for the children’s television series/weekly acid trip Pee Wee’s Playhouse, a prominent teaching position at New York’s School of Visual Arts and, among other things, a freakin’ Emmy Award.
See? I told you it was an impressive resume.
Marvel.com: What exactly will you be drawing for the series? I believe you’re providing the art that within the story is being drawn by Omega himself, right?
Gary Panter: Omega draws his own origin story in the form of a wordless comic. I draw it for him. At first I was going to draw it with really jagged lines like the punky stuff I did in the ’70s, but I decided to draw kind of like I draw these days, but even a little more retarded than usual. I figured that a [super hero] could probably draw [as well] as me, without trying very hard, but I didn’t want to draw it exactly like the other comics I’m drawing these days. I wanted it to be kind of like old Marvel comics, but spazzier.
Omega: The Unknown #7 will hit shelves on April 2.