Author: Charles Burns
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Comic books, strips, etc
And you thought your adolescence was scary. Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area's teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested any number of ways - from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) - but once you've got it, that's it. There's no turning back. As we inhabit the heads of several key characters - some kids who have it, some who don't, some who are about to get it - what unfolds isn't the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness of it, or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high-school alienation itself - the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape. And then the murders start. As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying (and, believe it or not, autobiographical), Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it - back when it wasn't exactly cool to be a hippie any more, but Bowie was still just a little too weird. To say nothing of sprouting horns and moulting your skin . . .
Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug struggles to recall an incident that may have involved his disturbed ex-girlfriend and her menacing ex-boyfriend, an effort that compels a search in a nightmarish alternate world.
A softcover edition of an early classic by the author of Black Hole features a mask-wielding, portly private eye who pits his short temper and tough-talking investigations against a series of adversaries in such episodes as "Robot Love," "Love in Vein," and "Bone Voyage." Reprint.
Charles Burns is the creator of the landmark horror graphic novel, Black Hole, currently in production as a major motion picture directed by David Fincher. Skin Deep is the last in a series of three volumes collecting his acclaimed oeuvre up to Black Hole. In addition to the stories, Skin Deep also includes several pages of illustrations reprinted from Burns' sketchbooks, as well as covers and other pieces from foreign editions of the author's work.
Presents an offbeat tour of the sleepy Midwestern town of Ice Haven and its unusual inhabitants, including Random Wilder, the narrator and would-be poet laureate of the town; his arch-rival Ida Wentz; the lovelorn Violet Van der Plazt and Vida Wentz; and Mr. and Mrs. Ames, a detective team. Reprint.
Uses graphic novel format to depict the events of Hurricane Katrina though six true stories of New Orleanians who survived the storm, including Denise, who experienced the chaos of the Superdome, and a doctor whose French Quarter home was unscathed.
Asterios Polyp, its arrogant, prickly protagonist, is an award-winning architect who's never built an actual building, and a pedant in the midst of a spiritual crisis. After the structure of his own life falls apart, he runs away to try to rebuild it into something new.
Getting yourself a girlfriend is easy, according to Richard. All you need is papier mache, string, soft material, a balloon, some old fashioned bellows, and a good pair of scissors. The difficult bit is keeping her secret. Set in an English suburb in the early 1990s, The Black Project is the story of Richard's all-consuming passion for creating "girls" from household objects. But as his hobby begins to flourish, his real life friendships and family relationships deteriorate. Richard is an unreliable narrator, and the reader responds to his loneliness and his dogged attempt to find a companion, while being horrified by his warped creations. The novel's focus is on the divide between childhood and adulthood; where sex, perversion, and the grotesque feature in their many forms. The much-awaited debut from the winner of the inaugural First Graphic Novel Competition,The Black Project is a darkly funny story of obsession, beautifully crafted in embroidery and lino-cut. The judges included Ian Rankin, Bryan Talbot, Hannah Berry, Steve Bell and Ed Hillyer (ILYA).