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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606991671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606991671
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I love the streak of darkness that permeates Burns' work. I mean that both figuratively and literally, as his one-of-a-kind illustration style is at-a-glance recognizable because of his heavy use of black ink... That starkness emphasizes the cruel features on the faces of his characters—deep wrinkles, harsh teeth, beady eyes and unflattering noses, to say nothing of the occasional freak. Like the look of his characters, Burns is one of a kind, and Skin Deep is a good introduction to the man's singular vision - a good way to get your toe wet before diving in.” (Rod Lott - Bookgasm)

“A master of the unearthly atmosphere—David Lynch has nothing on him ... At once cautionary, creepy and curious, Burns is consistently one of comics’ deepest thinkers.” (John Seven - Worcester Magazine)

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.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By zajac@nortel.com on October 20, 1997
Format: Paperback
My wife doesn't like this book. That's all you need to know. Go for it. Well, I'll vouchsafe a bit more. A cartoonist I was talking to once put it very neatly. Speaking of his education by another cartoonist, he said "he taught me the art of knowing where to put the ink." Sounds silly, I know, but think about that next time you look at a B&W comic book. To me, Charles Burns might well be the first book I'd hand to someone, as Exhibit A of knowing where to put the ink. And I haven't even gotten around to discussing his subject matter, yet! You need to know that Burns' work is very emotional, more than a little surreal, peopled by montrous humanoids, a little too familiar for my tastes; most people would say ugly, the rest, beautiful. Themes of doglike love, the rampage of spirituality gone hopelessly awry, the pieces of passion exploded beyond recognition, and stitched together like a calico cat. It's all here. Good luck.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Silverman on November 22, 2009
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This comic book is entertaining just to read, but it also makes a good conversation piece for the coffee table. The artwork is not flashy and colorful like most of the modern graphic novels you could buy from more mainstream artists, but it has a very cool retro 50's sort of feel to it.

In my video I read to you five pages of the first story ( the book has three stories), to give you a feel for tone and look of book. The main character and hero of the first story is kind of a cross between Archie Andrews and Jimmy Olsen. A naive fellow who most folks call Dog-Boy, and he looks at the world around him without much depth of thought, the way perhaps adolescents might view the world. But he encounters sinister, creepy people who seem to have boiled over from some underground cauldron in a punk-rock hell and does the best he can to deal with what fate has handed him.

The second story is a very twisted and , well, sick..., exposure of a cult-like scam artist who ends up believing his own propaganda only to realize too late that he , himself , is being used by another shady self-styled cultist.

The third story defies any standard description. An author proceeds to write a tale and takes us into the storyline only to have reality suddenly come crashing back at the end.

The book is well worth buying. I actually have re-read the book several times since buying it, enjoying it immensely each time. It's not a read-and-toss book, it's one that you will keep coming back to because of it's strangeness and strange sense of humor.

- Mike S.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2002
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I confess to being a Burns freak, owning everything I can find of his - even if he only has one or two pages in a book, I will buy it. This doesn't disappoint if you are a fan of Burns, or just enjoy comix that are deeply twisted, some sort of hell from the inside of a demented mind. Burns has a distinctive way with the pen and the comix themselves are also enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Myron S. Johnson on June 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
Distinctly creepy with a great deal of reality placed in a blender with some bad speed.Think of the images left in your mind when you wake up from a bad dream right before you get the shades open!!First rate story telling and art.
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