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Skin Deep Paperback – September 8, 2009

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606991671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606991671
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,525,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I've been a big admirer of Charles Burns' artwork for sometime, SKIN DEEP is my favorite work of his that I've read. SKIN DEEP contains three mostly unrelated stories. The first, DOG DAYS, tells a tale (tail?) about a man who takes on dog-like characteristics after receiving a transplant of a dog's heart. Just as weird as it sounds. The second story, BURN AGAIN, is a take on religious fanaticism and cult-like followings. Great stuff! The final story is A MARRIAGE MADE IN HELL, a twisted take on romance comics from the 40s and 50s. I'd stare at Burns' drawings of just about anything all day long, this is probably the most I've ever enjoyed his storytelling.
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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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By Rob on August 26, 2012
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Burns says, It's a cold, cruel world.
For things like dog-boy and Bliss Blister, it really is. It's like taking that extra bean you found on the floor of the nightclub, only to realize your librarian's hair is now symmetrical H R Giger tentacles and the world you live in is controlled by an angry, one-eyed GAWD who drives even Bill Burroughs crazy with His demands. "Burn Again" is the best story here, combining fanatic evangelism with aliens and a revenge plot. Burns draws his characters like he is on drugs, but it's really just an analgesic for your own mind, softening the content by making the characters pop out of the '40s & '50s. Not his best, but even C. Burn's worst is better than most.
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I checked out "Skin Deep" from the library because Charles Burns is one of my favourite graphic artists. His "Black Hole" and "X'ed Out" blew me away. I remember when I first read "A marriage made in Hell"; way back when it was first published in Raw magazine it left a vivid impression on me. "A Marriage Made in hell" appears here in a slightly revised version: the revision adds even more depth and dimension. Nothing here, like the lead character's marriage, is as it seems at first glance. Burns links the stories together making them resemble ongoing episodes of the Twilight Zone or a anthology horror movie. The characters react to their viewing of others' demons and become obsessed by them. One character, Bliss Blister, poses as a faith healer who can cure people by the touch of a scar on his chest shaped like the face of God. He grows disgusted with the deceit. But ultimately, he is overwhelmed by visions of God (an all seeing all mighty unexpectedly different from the shape of his scar) and promises hundreds of thousands of followers that only he can save them from the coming armageddon and subsequent hellfire that will engulf all sinners. Together the stories are dark and disturbing, revolving around images of scarring, burning, destruction and regeneration gone wrong. They're not just creepy horror tales: they stick to the reader, revealing many of the terrors behind social conventions, and those seeking escape through connections with others
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Format: Hardcover
If you have the Penguin Books 1992 version of SKIN DEEP, then you have 95% of the content of this edition. The Stories "Dog Days" and "Burn Again" were published as weekly strips between 1988 and 1991. The story "A Marriage Made in Hell" was published as a whole in RAW back in 1984.
If you were paying attention, you'll recognize "Dog Days" as the source material for the brilliant live action serial "Dog Boy" which ran on MTV's LIQUID TELEVISION.
For this souped up version of SKIN DEEP (volume 3 in The Charles Burns Library), there are new covers, new interior front and back pieces, and an epilogue with a little explanatory verse and some collected bits and pieces including: a Burns cover for BLAST magazine (1991, which also serialized Dog Boy), black and white reproductions of the 1992 edition covers and endpieces, a self portrait which also appeared on the cover of Comics Journal in 1992 and some fabulous Burns "wallpaper" which you are encouraged to photocopy to use as such.
Very satisfying for the Burn enthusiast.
This edition was delayed several times, probably due to the time consuming and painstaking efforts that go into his creations.
It's definitely worth the effort. Thanks Charles!
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