Charles Burns

Charles Burns

Charles Burns (born 1955) is an American cartoonist, illustrator and film director.

”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.”

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Edited by 2010-07-30 (Thialfi)
Speculative Fiction Novels (2)
2005  Black Hole
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1988  Hard-Boiled Defective Stories
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