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Product Details

  • Series: X'Ed Out
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; First Edition edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307379132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307379139
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 4.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Fusing the unsettling kitsch of EC horror comics, the storytelling sensibility of Euro-classics like Tintin, and the astute observations about young adults that made Black Hole so engrossing, Burns has turned out a haunting first chapter in what promises to be a spellbinder. The opening pages flip among the various realities of Doug, a young man recovering from a head injury of some kind with only a box of pills and some strawberry Pop-Tarts to speed his recovery. Flashbacks and dreams switch among various scenes: Doug and his hypocrite father; a wild party gone awry when Doug's crush object's crazy (but unseen) boyfriend goes on a rampage; and, most mysteriously, another world--found behind a hole in a brick wall--where dead cats live, worms weep, and a giant hive rules a grim city of deformed creatures. Burns's control of the story is masterful--the recurring imagery make it unclear just which is the reality and which is the dream. His sharply delineated art captures a grotesque yet sympathetic view of kids thrust far beyond a world that they can control or even understand. The only disappointment about X'ed Out is its brevity--the first of several installments, it will leave you begging for the rest of the story.
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The latest work from Burns, who is known for his weirdly cryptic yet strangely comedic graphic novels, may be his most enigmatic effort yet. It opens with Doug, a young student with an unspecified head injury, recalling a dream—or is it?—in which he follows his dead cat, Inky, into a bizarre, devastated environment populated by lizard-faced men and other grotesque creatures. Doug’s waking life is nearly as disturbing: his mother is mostly absent, his father is zoned out, and the object of his affections, a girl from his photography class, has a violent but mysteriously unseen boyfriend. Burns’ neurotically precise, high-contrast artwork evokes a surface normalcy that makes the underlying creepiness all the more disconcerting. This too-brief volume—the first in a series—is tantalizing but frustrating, raising questions that readers can only hope will be answered in future installments: What is the nature of the injury that’s left Doug largely bedridden and dependent on pills? Where will the ominous relationship with his classmate lead? And what’s with all the Tintin references that permeate the tale? --Gordon Flagg

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Very good art.
Madwoes
This book is a great gift if you don't know what to give someone.
baby nightsoil
Sensitive stoner poets should enjoy this a lot.
Mitch Jones

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Jones on October 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sensitive stoner poets should enjoy this a lot. Complaints about length seem irrelevant given the amount of time Burns must have spent on this. I'd pay up to $30 for the amazing artwork here. Sure the story's a bit out there, but it has heart where it counts. Burns might throw a gruesome image of a human-faced worm at you, but he'll make sure the worm is crying so you feel weird about it. I don't doubt that we have a masterpiece in the making here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By paedagogue on April 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
and not in a trivial way. As an art historian, I can assure potential readers that this is the real thing, art that engages a long, weird, beautiful tradition of imaginative art. Ancient sacred images (Mesopotamian, Chinese, Precolumbian, African), medieval drolleries, Bosch, Bruegel, Leonardo, Duchamp, Magritte, Dali, the great masters of the early comic strip and the great Pop artists of our own mid-20th century--it's all there, filtered through the weird scrim of mid-20th-century horror comics and brought back to life in a narrative of youthful heartbreak, illness and partial amnesia. To those who complain about the price--oh PLEASE! You'd probably fork out $25 or more for one seriously crummy undersized reproduction of your favorite Surrealist picture, where here you are offered a whole book's-worth of beautiful ORIGINAL art that takes you on a journey into several strange worlds and a single human heart. I buy books about art all the time, and I do look at the cost-per-page ratio, but this book IS a work of art: the large page-size, the clean, stylish design in-page and page-to-page, the radiant color, the unhurried pacing of the poetically concise "script," all add up to a one-of-a-kind experience. It's a total bargain. I look forward to the sequel, but if it remains unfinished, I'll still feel I've made a fantastic purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Madwoes on November 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was my first real introduction to Burns's work and I was quite impressed. Very good art. "Art" in the truest sense of the word. There were two panels in particular that were so stunningly visceral (due to the character's expressions) that they stayed with me for a long time. The slowly evolving story lines range from the dreamlike to the stunningly familiar, and they don't clearly connect at first, but come together towards the end. This is a weird book and beautifully so. However, it definitely ends leaving you wanting more. It ended right as I was starting to become fully immersed. Looking forward to more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alex pla delmulle on January 20, 2013
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I always loved Charles Burns art and stories....they are in the world of Woodring, Kurtzman, Clowes...unexpected weird worlds, hidden doors sudenly opened.......
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JBeirens on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a fan of Burns' work, and was looking forward to this, I didn't realize how good it would be and how rich his illustration work would be with colors either. i am eagerly looking forward to the next installment of this wonderfully grotesque book.
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By baby nightsoil on January 28, 2013
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This is the first Charles Burns I encountered after reading Black Hole. It's similar to Black Hole with two MAJOR differences: 1) Black Hole was black and white, this is color 2) Black Hole was very long, X'ed is a very short part of a longer story.

This book is a great gift if you don't know what to give someone. It will make you look hip and they will appreciate it.
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By sage on January 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
it was only disappointing in how short it was. i finished in about 15 minutes. kind of in the style of a picture book for adults.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Illus on October 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was really moved by Black Hole, the only other work of Burns I've read. So I was excited to read this - and although I found it to be both beautifully illustrated and emotionally moving - it's themes/storylines felt very similar to Black Hole. Once again we're in the world of tortured white adolescence. As in Black Hole, Burns has a storyline where a frustrated teenager seeks escape and finds it in the form of an attractive girl who lives in squalor and creates disturbing artwork. Meeting an artist who isn't afraid to bare their true (sometimes disturbed) self is exciting and can be very -- I mean right? I can't help but think that this girl did just that for a young Burns. Ok, I'll stop getting all White Album on this. I'm looking forward to see if Burns moves past the frustrated teenage thing in future volumes.
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