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X'ed Out (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Hardcover – October 19, 2010
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Anytime Charles Burns touches ink to paper is something worth taking notice of, even if it's one of his many covers for 'The Believer'. But the first book of his new trilogy is an event I was waiting for impatiently, wondering what direction he might take after the decade-long construction of what I feel is the greatest work in the history of sequential art, 'Black Hole'. This opening act is Burns' full-color debut, and he utilizes his razor-sharp linework without relying as heavily on the Al Feldstein-Milt Caniff-type stylized spot-blacks he's known for, leaning toward the European influences in his art instead. The 'ligne claire' of Herge, Edgar P. Jacobs and Joost Swarte has always been an important, if less recognized, element in his art, going all the way back to the 80's and his days at 'Raw' and 'Heavy Metal', when he shared the pages with Swarte, Yves Chaland, Moebius, Vittorio Giardino and Francois Schuiten. His 'Charles Burns Library' featured endpapers and cover designs based on the famous Tintin albums, and his latest work once again pays homage to Herge, beginning with the red & white egg on the cover, which derives from an early adventure entitled 'The Shooting Star'. Then there is the persona that the protagonist, Doug, assumes as an aspiring performance artist/poet, donning a Tintin mask and reversing the name to call himself "Nitnit". But he's in a bad place, far from the wholesome, globetrotting adventures of the intrepid young Belgian reporter.Read more ›
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.
X'ed Out is the first book in what will ultimately be a three volume series. The format of the book is based on a European comic album (Tim Hensley's Wally Gropius, released earlier this year, is presented similarly) and is printed in beautiful full color (Burns' work is normally presented in a strikingly graphic black and white). On one side of this checkerboard of a story is Doug, an art school student in 1970's America who reads his William Burroughs inspired poetry at punk shows and snaps photos with his Polaroid SX-70 instant camera; on the other side is Doug's dream-world alter-ego Nitnit, a character homage to one of modern comics more important ancestors, Hergé's Tintin. For the story, Burns' drew on his own subconscious influences and conscious memories, collected over the span of his lifetime and arranged à la Burroughs' cut-up into the final product.
Tintin, though, is perhaps the most important influence found in the pages of X'ed Out.Read more ›
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Sigh. Another three star review. Sometimes I wish I weren't so "balanced."
- the artwork. Charles Burns is, in my opinion, an incredible artist. Read more
Beginning this book is like falling through a trap door -- the world is hyper-detailed, vivid, fantastical, and emotional. I was enthralled. Read morePublished 12 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
Before the story even begins, Charles Burns invites comparisons to Kubrick's 2001 and Kafka's Metamorphosis with a page of black and red panels followed by a picture of our... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sam Quixote
Doug, or Nit Nit as he’s artistically known, wakes up to find a hole in his wall, and a bizarre universe inside it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by P. M. Bradshaw
While I thoroughly enjoyed the artwork and the imagery that was used, the story and dialogue was quite dull. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by OWU497
I wouldn't mind having the five minute's it took to read back. I would get "the portable frank" by jim woodring and skip this one.Published on June 4, 2013 by Geoff
X'ed out is really one of the best works of modern art ever created. But don't come in if you're looking for a graphic novel of considerable length with a heavy emphasis on story. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Mlvanlancker