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.
The author of Ghost World 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; Mr. and Mrs. Ames, a detective team; and others. Mature.
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.
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.
Obsessed with the drawing of a woman that he has clipped from a magazine, nineteen-year-old David Boring finds his life beginning to unravel when he comes face to the face with the object of his fascination, in an intriguing graphic novel by one of that nation's premier underground cartoonists. 25,000 first printing.
Charles Burns is the Harvey Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator whose work became legendary in Art Spiegelman's RAW magazine. 'Skin deep' is the third of a hardcover series of four volumes reprinting his acclaimed oeuvre up to his current magnum opus, the ongoing 'Black hole' comic book series. 'Skin deep' includes Burns' popular character, Dog Boy (a red-blooded all-American boy with the transplanted heart of a dog), and the classic strip 'Dog Days', in which a hash-slinging vixen wags her tail at our fearful hero. The book also collects "Burn Again," which features a strange fella named Bliss Blister, claiming to bring the Word of God, but some fear he brings something evil and profane. In 'A Marriage Made in Hell', a young wife's flesh tingled with passion, but the sight of her made her husband's skin crawl. Was the love-knot she tied really a hangman's noose? These tales of doomed romance set a tone for the rest of 'Skin deep'. In addition to the work collected, 'Skin deep' features new covers and endpapers, as well as several pages of new illustrations reprinted from Burns' sketchbooks as well as covers and other illos from foreign editions of Burns' work that have never previously appeared in the U.S.
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).
Author: Jeff Lemire
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Pressure. As an underwater welder on an oilrig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used to the immense pressures of deep-sea work. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the pressures of impending fatherhood. As Jack dives deeper and deeper, he seems to pull further and further away from his young wife, and their unborn son. But then, something happens deep on the ocean floor. Jack has a strange and mind-bending encounter that will change the course of his life forever. ... Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending science fiction epic, The Underwater Welder is a 250-page graphic novel that explores fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and truth, and treasures we all bury deep down inside.
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.
First UK publication for this modern classic 'Moving, tender, beautifully drawn, painfully honest and probably the most important graphic novel since Jimmy Corrigan.' NEIL GAIMAN 'Blankets is a classic in every genre it touches.' STEPHEN CHBOSKY, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower 'One of the greatest love stories ever written and surely the best ever drawn.' JOSS WHEDON Wrapped in the snowfall of a blustery Midwestern winter, Blankets is the tale of two brothers growing up in rural isolation, and of the budding romance between two young lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith, Blankets is a profound and utterly beautiful work.