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Charles Burns (Sept. 27, 1955); American cartoonist and illustrator.
...covers and drawings for the serialized version of Charles Burns' epic graphic novel Black Hole, that received the Harvey Award, 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....
Drawn in stark black and white with a distinctive line, Burns' comics range in ambiance from kitschy pop culture nostalgia to bleak horror. Themes of adolescence and sexual awakening mingle with recurrent imagery of mutation, plague, alienation and violence. Drawings from Black Hole examine a nightmarish world in graphic detail, tempering horror with exquisite beauty. Overlapping metaphors for AIDS and social breakdown with realistic storytelling about the "normal" disturbances of teenage life, Burns blurs, or even reverses the line between normal and aberrant.
Burns' drawings first became known in the legendary comics magazine Raw in the 1980s. His comic stories Big Baby and Dog Boy were serialized in alternative weekly papers throughout the US. His drawings also appeared on the covers and in the pages of Rolling Stone, The NY Times, The Believer and many other publications, as well as on the album covers of Iggy Pop and others. His drawings were the subject of a solo exhibition "Charles Burns" at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts Museum in 1999. His work was included in the exhibition "Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque" at the SITE Santa Fe Biennial in 2004 curated by Robert Storr. Burns contributed to the animated feature "Fear(s) of the Dark" which will be released in October by IFC.