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Category >> Charles Burns

Daily links: 4/7/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven WeissmanRichard SalareviewsRay FenwickPopeyePaul KarasikPaul HornschemeierEsther Pearl WatsonDaniel ClowesCharles BurnsBasil WolvertonAnders Nilsen 7 Apr 2009 1:29 PM

• Review: The Chicago Tribune on Monologues for Calculating the Density of Black Holes by Anders Nilsen: "The loneliness comes off the page in waves, trailed by dark humor... Nilsen's work may have a minimalist look, but he's exploring the biggest issues around. And you can't stop turning the pages."

• Review: Brix Picks' Book of the Week is The Chuckling Whatsit by Richard Sala, which they say "is one of those books that I revisit regularly because it's just so fun to read."

• Review: Bookopolis gives Unlovable Vol. 1 by Esther Pearl Watson 4.5 stars: "This book is so much fun - it kept me laughing for hours. Not only is the dialogue hilarious but the drawings themselves are really hysterical."

• Review: The Walrus, running down all of this year's Doug Wright Awards nominees, looks at Hall of Best Knowledge by Ray Fenwick: "...Fenwick’s skill with design renders the handwritten words adaptable and full of stubborn character, turning them into a cocky little world of their own."

• List: Cartoon Flophouse names "My Holy Trinity of Humor Comics," including E.C. Segar's Popeye ("brilliant... I love the rhythms of Segar's strips, the repetition from strip to strip, and the way Popeye evolved into a lead character") and Basil Wolverton's Powerhouse Pepper ("in his 'Powerhouse Pepper' strips, Wolverton demonstrated some of the best character designs in comics. And the whole rhyme-scheme dialogue is insane. There's a really good Fantagraphics book that collects all the Powerhouse strips" -- and it's half off, we might add)

• List: The Examiner's "essential comic book geek's guide to women and dating and sharing the love" shares the following advice: "If you've got a girlfriend or potential love interest, show her why comics are wonderful. Show her... Ghost World by Daniel Clowes, Black Hole by Charles Burns..."

• Preview: Dave's Comics looks at the recent flurry of Paul Hornschemeier material

• Preview: Holy Heroes on our solicitation for The Wolverton Bible: "Now this is exciting... as someone who's a fan of the weird, the religious, and the weird religious, [this book] is more than welcome news."

• Reportage: Paul Karasik goes to Italy, hangs out with Paul Auster, writes a hilarious blog post about it

• Things to see: I think this might be an outtake (in rough form) from Steven Weissman's "Blue Jay"

Daily links: 2/13/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleyRobert CrumbPaul HornschemeierMichael KuppermanJim FloraJaime HernandezDash ShawCharles BurnsBob FingermanAline Kominsky-Crumb 13 Feb 2009 1:49 PM

• Things to see: Happy Friday the 13th from the Jim Flora Blog

• Review: Comics Waiting Room has the first word on Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman (coming later this Spring), calling it "perversely hysterical"

• Review: PLAYBACK:stl says Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman "brings more of the crazy"

• Interview: du9 talks Bottomless Belly Button and Bodyworld with Dash Shaw; Belgian site XeroXed reprints the interview (in French) with some additional information

• List: In the holiday spirit, the UCD Advocate's rundown of "Cartoon Sex" names Charles Burns's Black Hole "Creepiest," Robert & Aline Crumb's Self Loathing Comics "Kinkiest," and The Girl from HOPPERS by Jaime Hernandez "Most Realistic"

• Things to see: Two things from Tim Hensley

• Social networking: If you're on the Twitter, you can follow cartoonists Paul Hornschemeier and Mack White; meanwhile, we just got our 1,000th Twitter follower, who appears to be a fictional albatross named Fredrik Lotsie (and you could be our 1,014th)

Daily links: 1/27/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsMichael KuppermanJohnny RyanCharles BurnsAlexander Theroux 27 Jan 2009 12:57 AM

• List: Same Hat! Same Hat! names the "Best X of Everything 2008: Comics!" with Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman in the #5 position

• Review: Optical Sloth likes Johnny Ryan's Angry Youth Comix so much, he's willing to buy you $5 worth of stuff from our website if you don't like it too

• Things to see: For The Boston Globe, Alexander Theroux reviews a recent book about Edmund Wilson and Mary McCarthy

• Things to see: In Douglas Wolk's convention sketchbook, a page by Charles Burns

Daily links: 12/19/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoeTom KaczynskireviewsPeanutsMomeMichael KuppermanLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJohn PhamJoe KubertEllen ForneyDaniel ClowesChris WareCharles M SchulzCharles BurnsBill SchellyBill Mauldin 19 Dec 2008 4:06 PM

I Love Rob Liefeld reviews The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

Comic Book Resources' "Comics Should Be Good" places Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman and Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga at the #5 and #4 positions, respectively, on their "Top Ten Comics of 2008"

• They also mention Ellen Forney and Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly on a list of "Top Ten Moments of Comic-Related Happiness in 2008"

Steven Stwalley features Tom Kaczynski and praises Mome

Bram Meehan puts this year's two major Bill Mauldin releases, our collection Willie & Joe: The WWII Years and Todd DePastino's biography A Life Up Front, in a shared #10 position on his "Top Ten Comics of 2008" (via TCR)

The Oklahoman, which published Mauldin's early cartoons, looks at Willie & Joe: The WWII Years

The A.V. Club gives straight As (two As and an A-) to The Compete Peanuts 1969-1970 by Charles M. Schulz, Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes, and Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham

This 2005 interview with Charles Burns and Chris Ware was found and blogged by Paul Hornschemeier

Signed bookplate update: Burns, Malkasian, Millionaire
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairesigned bookplatesCharles BurnsCathy Malkasian 15 Dec 2008 4:45 PM

Big Baby signed bookplate by Charles Burns

Back in stock: signed bookplates for Big Baby, El Borbah and Skin Deep by Charles Burns; Percy Gloom by Cathy Malkasian; and Billy Hazelnuts by Tony Millionaire. How do you acquire these delightful hand-signed-by-the-artist little extras, you might ask? We give 'em away for FREE when you buy their respective books from us (while supplies last)!

Some conditions apply; click here for more details and the complete list of books available with this FREE premium!

Percy Gloom signed bookplate by Cathy Malkasian

Billy Hazelnuts signed bookplate by Tony Millionaire

Daily links: 11/20/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ray FenwickLinda MedleyLilli CarréEllen ForneyDash ShawCharles BurnsawardsAnders Nilsen 20 Nov 2008 1:17 PM

• Dash Shaw's animated trailer for Bottomless Belly Button is now available to watch on ComicBookTrailers.com (in addition to on our own site)

• Speaking of Bottomless Belly Button, Matthew Brady takes a good look at the book

• Congratulations and good luck to Linda Medley for being named a finalist (and the only American on the list) for the Prix de la Critique 2008 by the Association des Critiques et Journalistes de Bande Dessinée for Château l'Attente, the French edition of Castle Waiting

More stunning sketchbook pages from Anders Nilsen

Austin English has some very nice things to say about Lilli Carré's The Lagoon

Ellen Forney has some bad-ass Brazilian jiu-jitsu desktop wallpaper for you to download

Stickers and Donuts declares "Ray Fenwick is my boyfriend"

Brian Ralph asks: "Did Charles Burns make this mask?" Note: Pee-Wee Herman is involved

Interviewed: Kerschbaum, Burns
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under john kerschbaumCharles Burns 10 Nov 2008 12:48 PM

CBR's Van Jensen talks to Petey & Pussy creator John Kerschbaum about, yup, you guessed it: PETEY & PUSSY! 

Meanwhile, part one of Brian Heater's interview with Charles Burns from The Daily Crosshatch.

Tuesday Doodles
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jeremy EatonHo Che AndersonDash ShawCharles Burns 21 Oct 2008 9:25 AM

Shocktilyoudrop.com talks to Charles Burns about Black Hole, Fear of the Dark, and more. 

Thedailycrosshatch.com continues it's interview with Bottomless Belly Button creator Dash Shaw.

This Thursday night at MIT, comics critic (and Krazy & Ignatz contributing editor) Jeet Heer will moderate a talk about "Comics & Social Conflict" between King creator Ho Che Anderson and Diana Tamblyn

Finally, here's a bunch of beautiful recent illustrations by Jeremy Eaton, including one particularly near and dear to my heart. Jeremy also tells the story of a rather pathetic 24 hour comics session that I was privileged enough to participate in. 

Burns Exhibition in NYC
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsCharles Burns 28 Aug 2008 11:32 AM

Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of drawings by Charles Burns from September 5 through October 12, 2008. This will be Charles Burns' first New York solo exhibition and will include fifty seminal drawings executed in the last 25 years that showcases Burns' masterful pen and ink drawings for his award winning comic books and other publications.

Featured in the exhibition will be covers and drawings for the serialized version of Charles Burns' epic graphic novel "Black Hole," as well as the drawings for the covers and pages of "Skin Deep," "Big Baby," and "El Borbah," and a rare RAW era "Dog Boy" strip. The exhibition will also have drawings and covers for The New Yorker, Esquire and numerous other magazines that include drawings of cult figures William S. Burroughs and Robert Crumb. Also included will be the cover of "Permagel" the new large scale book of Burns' art.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 5:30 P.M. . For additional information please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Signed exhibition posters will be available. A preview of the exhibition can be seen at adambaumgoldgallery.com Charles Burns will be present at the opening on Friday September 5th from 6 to 8.

Adam Baumgold Gallery
74 East 79th St. #1-D
New York, NY 10075
(212)861-7338

See the show HERE


Sketchbook #73
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Charles Burnsart 7 Aug 2008 8:58 PM

Courtesy Charles Burns: