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Big Baby (Charles Burns Library) Hardcover – March 15, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Charles Burns Library
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (March 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560973617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560973614
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,418,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“At once alluring and grotesque, Burns' imagery has been eagerly embraced by the counterculture, mainstream media, and a recalcitrant art world without ever compromising his strikingly singular aesthetic.” (Juxtapoz)

“The work of Charles Burns is a vision that's both horrifying and hilariously funny, and which he executes with cold, ruthless clarity... It's almost as if the artist... as if her weren't quite... human!” (R. Crumb) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Draine on March 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Graphic storyteller Charles Burns hits his artistic and narrative stride in the three immaculately rendered black and white comics stories reprinted in this beautifully bound, library-quality volume from Fantagraphics. Originally serialized in alternative weekly newpapers in the '80s, CURSE OF THE MOLE MEN, TEEN PLAGUE, and BLOOD CLUB portray the suburbs of "Leave It to Beaver", seen through the eyes of child who can't turn away the violence and seething sexuality behind the facade. Burns is possibly the finest draftsman to come out the 80s comics underground, and integrates a Bauhaus design sense with a flair for Fifties EC horror. Highly recommended for fans of EIGHTBALL, Psychotronic films, and anyone who grew up in Fifties or early Sixties suburbia.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Hustwick VINE VOICE on September 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been a devout reader of Burn's Black Hole comic since I first found it on the shelves a couple of years ago. That he is a mesmerizing artist goes without saying. Black Hole has a very meandering plot at times, and it gets somewhat overshadowed by it's technical virtuosity. Big Baby, while it has less scope, is much more concise and places the reader directly in the path of evil. The final story in this volume "Blood Club" is a really haunting tale that I believe is his best work. One minor note, the image above is from Blood Club but it is not the actual cover on the book...It has Big Baby playing with some toys.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J Feegin on March 9, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've never read a bad comic by Charles Burns; The art is incredible and his storytelling is subtle, smart, and engaging. I consider him one of the top five cartoonists working today (Dan Clowes, R. Crumb, Adrienne Tomine, and Chris Ware being the others) and "Big Baby" is another fine example of his talent. As always with contemporary comic books, it's a bit expensive for about a half hour of reading, but it inspires immediate rereading and is just to good to miss. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
BIG BABY is an over-sized collection of short stories by the incomparable Charles Burns. The four stories contained in this book all feature the character Big Baby, a kid who Burns says was somewhat inspired by his own childhood. The stories feature monsters, aliens, murder mysteries and ghosts and I enjoyed all of them more than anything else I've read and admired by Burns in the past (this is actually some of his earlier work, mostly originally printed in the 1980s). Burns' art simply must be seen and experienced, each page and panel is a masterpiece.
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