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Black Hole


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Publisher Kitchen Sink Press Fantagraphics
Publication dates 1995 - 2005
Number of issues 12
Creative team
Writer(s) Charles Burns
Artist(s) Charles Burns

Black Hole is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Charles Burns. Kitchen Sink Press was a comic book publisher in from the late 1960s until the late 1990s when it went out of business. ... Fantagraphics Books is an American publisher of alternative comics, underground comics, classic comic strip anthologies, magazines, and graphic novels located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. ... Charles Burns (born September 27, 1955 in Washington, D.C.) is an award-winning U.S. cartoonist and illustrator. ... Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... Charles Burns (born September 27, 1955 in Washington, D.C.) is an award-winning U.S. cartoonist and illustrator. ...


It was originally published as a 12-issue comic book series between 1995 and 2005. The first four issues were released by Kitchen Sink Press; after Kitchen Sink went out of business, Fantagraphics republished the first four issues and the remaining eight. A compiled hardcover edition was released by Pantheon Books in 2005. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kitchen Sink Press was a comic book publisher in from the late 1960s until the late 1990s when it went out of business. ... Fantagraphics Books is an American publisher of alternative comics, underground comics, classic comic strip anthologies, magazines, and graphic novels located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. ... Pantheon Books was an American publishing company that was acquired by Random House in 1961. ...

Contents

Plot

Set in the suburbs of Seattle during the mid-1970s the book follows a group of mostly middle class teenagers who over the summer contract a mysterious sexually transmitted disease known as "the Bug" or "the teen plague", which causes them to develop bizarre physical mutations, turning them into social outcasts. Some take shelter in a suburban Tract home while the owners are away on vacation, while others with more visible deformities lurk in "The Pit", an encampment in the woods outside of town. The mutations are often considered a metaphor for AIDS, an illness that would ravage the next decade (the 70s were often considered the height of the sexual revolution). [citation needed] City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an illness caused by an infectious pathogen that has a significant probability of transmission between humans by means of sexual contact, including vaginal intercourse, oral sex, and anal sex. ... This article is about mutation in biology, for other meanings see: mutation (disambiguation). ... Tract housing is a style of housing development in which multiple identical, or nearly-identical, homes are built adjacent to one another. ... Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The look of the comic is meant to evoke the feel and atmosphere of classic 70s teen horror films like The Last House on the Left, Carrie and Halloween. [citation needed] The Last House on the Left is a 1972 horror film written and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Sean S. Cunningham. ... Carrie is a 1976 American horror film directed by Brian De Palma based on the novel by Stephen King, with a screenplay written by Lawrence D. Cohen. ... Halloween (sometimes referred to as John Carpenters Halloween) is a 1978 American independent horror film set in the fictional midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween. ...


Film

In November 2005, the message board of the Comics Journal reported that Black Hole will be adapted to film by the French director Alexandre Aja (Haute Tension). In March 2006, comics news site Newsarama reported that Neil Gaiman and Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary would be adapting the screenplay, and in May 2006 Gaiman confirmed this in a Time magazine interview. [1] [2] The Comics Journal is an American magazine of news and criticism pertaining to comic books and strips, renowned for its in-depth interviews, often scathing reviews, and an editorial ethos that views comics as a fine art deserving of broader cultural respect. ... Alexandre Aja (b. ... Haute Tension also referred to as Switchblade Romance in the UK and High Tension (or H.T.) in the USA, is a French slasher film originally released in France during 2003, later released during 2004 in the UK and 2005 in the USA and Canada. ... Newsarama. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... Pulp Fiction is an Academy Award-winning 1994 film written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary and directed by Tarantino. ... Roger Avary, photographed for Score Magazine at the Hotel Costes K, Paris. ... Time (whose trademark is capitalized TIME) is a weekly American newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.newsarama.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=62143
  2. ^ http://www.time.com/time/europe/magazine/article/0,13005,901060501-1186537,00.html

External links

  • Official page on Pantheon's site
  • Burns page on fantagraphics.com

Reviews

  • Review in TIME magazine
  • Review in Washington Post

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