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At the juncture of fiction and memory, of cheap thrills and horror, lies the dark world of Charles Burns. His stories, which first attracted notice in the pages of RAW during the early 1980s, take comic book clichés — wiseacre kids, sinister scientists, tough-as-nails detectives, teenage lust and EC-style horror — and rearrange them into disturbing yet funny patterns. Beneath this interplay of familiar iconography lurk the real traumas of childhood, traumas of loss and alienation.
Similarly, Burns' ice-cold artwork polishes a "conventional" comic look to the nth degree, underlying the artificiality of what we take for normal. At times, Burns's work suggests that our worst fears about mainstream comics are true: that they are stamped out by machines programmed by someone who is going slightly insane.
"The work of Charles Burns is a vision that’s both horrifying and hilariously funny, and which he executes with cold, ruthless clarity... It’s almost as if the artist... as if he weren’t quite..... human!" – R. Crumb
Charles Burns The home that Keith's been sitting is now a safehouse for infected kids. His courtship of Chris gone black, Keith's futility is palpable until he bumps into a seemingly well Eliza. And the tadpoles growing out of his ribs...? Product Details...
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Charles Burns Keith and Eliza get high at the dump she lives in with two drug dealers, and make the beast-with-two-backs (and one tail). Chris and Rob "visit" at her campsite; Rob has a deadly encounter with the mysterious monster boy. Product Details...
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Charles Burns Classic stories starring Dog Boy and Mister Blister, as well as several tales of doomed romance and creepy revulsion, plus a selection of sketchbook excerpts, covers and illustrations, in an affordable new softcover edition! Product Details...
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