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Encyclopedia > Charles Burns (cartoonist)

Charles Burns (born September 27, 1955 in Washington, D.C.) is an award-winning U.S. cartoonist and illustrator. He is renowned for his meticulous, high-contrast and creepy artwork and stories. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, painter Susan Moore, and their two young daughters. September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D... Cartoonist Jack Elrod at work. ... An illustrator is a graphic artist who specializes in enhancing written text by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


His father was an oceanographer for the government. They moved around a lot, including Boulder, Colorado, Maryland and Missouri before settling in Seattle when Burns was in grade five. Oceanography (from Ocean + Greek γράφειν = write), also called oceanology and marine science is the study of the earths oceans and their interlinked ecosystems and chemical and physical processes. ... The City of Boulder (, Mountain Time Zone) is a home rule municipality located in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,417 sq mi (32,160 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37°53N to 39°43N  - Longitude 75°4W to 79°33... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 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. ...


Comics works

Charles Burns' earliest prominent works include illustrations for the Sub Pop fanzine and contributions to Art Spiegelman's comic magazine RAW. Sub Pop logo Sub Pop is a record label in Seattle, Washington famous for first signing Nirvana, Soundgarden, and many other bands from the local scene. ... Art Spiegelman (born February 15, 1948) is an American comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus. ... Cover to RAW volume 1, number 1 (July 1980). ...


Most of his short stories, published in various supports over the decades, have been collected in the three volumes of the "Charles Burns' Library" (hardcovers from Fantagraphics Books): El Borbah (1999), Big Baby (2000), and Skin Deep (2001). (A fourth and last volume, Bad Vibes, has yet to be published, which would have the Library collecting the entirety of his pre-Black Hole comics work.) Fantagraphics Books is an American publisher of alternative comics, classic comic strip anthologies, magazines, graphic novels, and the adult-oriented Eros Comix imprint. ...


From 1993 to 2004, he serialized the 12 chapters of his Harvey Award-winning graphic novel Black Hole (12 issues from Fantagraphics Books). In October 2005, he released a slightly remastered collection of Black Hole (hardcover from Pantheon Books). The Harvey Awards are given for achievement in comic books. ... Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... Black Hole is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Charles Burns. ... Fantagraphics Books is an American publisher of alternative comics, classic comic strip anthologies, magazines, graphic novels, and the adult-oriented Eros Comix imprint. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pantheon Books was an American publishing company that was acquired by Random House in 1961. ...


Illustration works

Burns has done many high-profile illustrations, such as his work for the Iggy Pop album Brick by Brick. His artwork was also licensed by The Coca-Cola Company to illustrate some of the cans and advertising material for their failed OK Soda product. More recently, he has done ad work for Altoids and portrait illustrations for The Believer. His Dogboy stories were adapted by MTV in the early 1990s as a live-action serial for Liquid Television. Cover of the Iggy Pop album Brick by Brick. ... Cover of the Iggy Pop album Brick by Brick. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... Brick by Brick is a June 1990 album by the American singer Iggy Pop. ... The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups in the world. ... The minimalist OK Soda logo OK Soda was a soft drink created by The Coca-Cola Company in 1994 that aggressively courted the Generation X demographic with unusual advertising tactics, including endorsements and even outright negative publicity. ... Altoids Wintergreen Altoids are a popular brand of breath mints that have existed since the turn of the 19th century. ... Cover of The Believer, April 2005 The Believer is an intellectual yet playful magazine mainly about literature. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... Liquid Television was a 1990s animation showcase that appeared on MTV. The first season of Liquid Television originally aired on BBC Two. ...


External links

Selected newspaper, magazine articles:

  • "Graphic Novelist Charles Burns Talks About Compiling a Decade's Worth of His Work" (October 2005, The Book Standard) Interview about Black Hole, by Anna Weinberg.
  • "A Trip Through a Black Hole" (December 2005, Time Magazine) Illustrated review of Black Hole, by Andrew Arnold.

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Charles Burns (cartoonist) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (386 words)
Charles Burns (born September 27, 1955 in Washington, D.C.) is an award-winning U.S. cartoonist and illustrator.
Charles Burns' earliest prominent works include illustrations for the Sub Pop fanzine and contributions to Art Spiegelman's comic magazine RAW.
The Lambiek.net entry on Charles Burns - Illustrated mini-bio.
read yourself RAW - Profile: Charles Burns (632 words)
Charles Burns (1955-) portrays a disturbed world of dark horror and kinky science in his comic strips, the product, he admits, of over-exposure to American pop culture in his youth.
Burns was an early and regular contributor to Art Spiegelman's RAW magazine and his provocative work has also appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine.
Classic tales of doomed romance filtered through the twisted vision of Charles Burns, including Dog Boy, a red-blooded all American boy, who has the transplanted heart of a dog and is unable to control the urge to lick his girl friend's face or sniff her bottom.
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