charles burns

black hole - studio edition

size : 36,5 x 49,5 cm
hardcover book, square binding
160 black & white pages
english text / u.s.a. import
fantagraphics - 2017



This Fantagraphics Studio Edition showcases Burns’s original art for the book, featuring exact reproductions of over 150 of his original pages, at their actual size. While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in full color to retain the integrity and fidelity of the actual original art, warts and all.
It includes several full chapters from the book as well as selected excerpts that showcase Burns’s impeccable sense of design, composition, and execution. Hypnotically beautiful and horrifying, Black Hole is a genuine American classic and this is the closest most of us will ever get to sitting in the author’s studio.

Charles Burns was born in 1955 in Washington D.C. where he attended Evergeen college. While he produced a few comic strips, he also gave a try to experimental photography. From 1981 to 1991, he drew many short stories and illustrations for Raw, magazine created by Art Spiegelman. After collaborating on different underground publications, he settled down in Italy where he stayed from 1984 to 1986. This stay gave him the opportunity to be known in Europe where his stories are translated and published by many editors.

His talent then recognized, Burns produced more and more illustrations for different magazines, comics anthologies and record covers including the one for Iggy Pop's "Brick by brick". In 1995, he embarked on the production of "Black Hole", an impressive graphic novel rewarded at the Angoulême festival in 2007. Using an extremely stylized graphism, mixing macabre visions and black humor, Burns re-interpret in his own way the great myths of the 50s american imperialism. In 2008, he is one of the 6 directors who took part of the animation feature film "Peurs du noir" before going back in 2010 to the comics scene with "Toxic", the first part of a new trilogy.

photo credit : renaud monfourny

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