Skin Deep: Tales of Doomed Romance

Skin Deep: Tales of Doomed Romance

by Charles Burns
     
 

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Skin Deep is the third (following El Borbah and Big Baby) of a hardcover series of four volumes reprinting his acclaimed oeuvre up to his current project, 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, which was turned into a live action segment on

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Skin Deep is the third (following El Borbah and Big Baby) of a hardcover series of four volumes reprinting his acclaimed oeuvre up to his current project, 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, which was turned into a live action segment on MTV's Liquid Television series; new covers and endpapers; as well as several pages of new illustrations from his sketchbooks, as well as covers and other drawings from foreign editions of his work.

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“The work of Charles Burns is a vision that's both horrifying and hilariously funny, and which quite..... human! —R. Crumb”
Ray Olson
The roman noir has devolved from the fiction of James M. Cain through flicks like "Out of the Past" and a raft of (often excellent) French imitations to today's adult comics. But while non-U.S. comics creators produce fairly straight new noir stuff like the Sinner series by Argentine expatriates Munoz and Sampayo, U.S. artists use the genre satirically. Burns is probably the best of the noir satirists. In 1988, his "Hard-Boiled Defective Stories" jokingly demolished the noir mystery, and now it's the noir love story's turn. In this foot-tall paperback, three interlocking heartthrobbers tell the torrid--and ludicrous--amorous adventures of a young man who receives a dog's heart from a cut-rate transplant surgeon, a millionaire evangelist doing the bidding of space aliens, and a woman whose scarred war-veteran husband won't sleep with her. The plots and their developments are right out of the weirder pages of the "Weekly World News", while Burns' artwork exploits the high-contrast chiaroscuro of Hollywood's best noir efforts. The humor's at the expense of the improbabilities upon which not just noir but virtually all genre fiction depends, and mystery, sf, horror, and romance fans not beyond laughing at their passions may be quite tickled by Burns' japes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560973904
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Burns is the award-winning creator of the graphic novel, Black Hole, currently in production as a major motion picture directed by David Fincher. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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