Charles Burns and the Teen Plague
September 30, 2005 10:33 AM   Subscribe

Charles Burns' Goon Squad e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. [More Burns links inside.]
posted by safetyfork (13 comments total)
There is a bunch of work for sale on, but I just enjoy looking at it:
Image used on Iggy Pop's Brick by Brick album, Burroughs, Crumb, Elvis. More: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Some commercial work: Sub Pop 200 cover, Altoids "Goth Girl" [flash], and Coca-Cola's OK Soda [scroll for image] campaign. Oh, speaking of Flash on a Friday, here's a link you have to navigate to, it's a proof of concept where the work was done in Burns' style [click the second box/thumbnail in the right hand column]. And don't forget that DogBoy was serialized on MTV's Liquid Television for a while too.

Interviewed: in 1992, in 1999.

His most recent work, Black Hole is being collected; here are some reviews: 1, 2 if you're interested.

By now you ought to be able to spot his version of the New Yorker cover [scroll], he does a nice TinTin/Hergé, as well.

Previously on mefi, his then and now from the Mocca online exhibit.

posted by safetyfork at 10:35 AM on September 30, 2005

I love his control of lines in his black and white drawings. I'm not a fan of his actual cartoons, but his style is pretty damn impressive. And I had never seen his "then and now", which is pretty cool.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 11:06 AM on September 30, 2005

woot, safetyfork. This is an excellent collection of links. Like Slack, I'm not a huge fan of the comics, but all of this together is great. (I really like his Tintin. It reminds me of Tintin in the New World, which is a good novel about what it would be like if Tintin grew up and had a bit of an existential crisis.)
posted by OmieWise at 11:51 AM on September 30, 2005

The Burroughs is perfect.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 12:43 PM on September 30, 2005

Bravo, Burns is fantastic. I've been looking forward to the Black Hole collection for more than ten years now...
posted by samh23 at 1:32 PM on September 30, 2005

Black Hole is the best comic drawn or written since I don't know when. As important to the medium as Fellini is to film, sincerely.
posted by Peter H at 1:49 PM on September 30, 2005

Oh hell, I thought I finally got those damn "Naked Lunch"
bugs/creatures out of my head....shiver

Pass the bug powder, please.
posted by bat at 2:26 PM on September 30, 2005

I remember Dog Boy from Liquid TV. Awesome. Now I know... the rest of the story.
posted by Eideteker at 4:00 PM on September 30, 2005

Great post, safetyfork. I love Burns' style.
posted by LeeJay at 5:20 PM on September 30, 2005

I've always been repulsed and fascinated by the cover of my beloved Sub Pop 200. Now I know the rest of the story. Thanks!
posted by carsonb at 9:24 PM on September 30, 2005

His work inspired the set design in Mark Morris' Nutcracker, as seen here.
And he makes kid's books too!
posted by Aknaton at 10:46 PM on September 30, 2005

Nice link safetyfork. I really like Burns' art. I'm wondering what his next serial is going to be now that Black Hole is finished.
posted by handshake at 9:57 AM on October 1, 2005

Aknaton, thanks for the Hard Nut link! And, Facetasm is great. I heart the Panter as well as the Burns.

(I wanted to include Burns in that Panter/Pettibon/Chantry post but felt it would've been too much, so I thought I'd give him a separate one and just never got around to doing it until now).
posted by safetyfork at 8:01 AM on October 2, 2005

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