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ISBN13: 9780375714726
ISBN10: 0375714723
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h, November 25, 2012 (view all comments by h)
This will appeal to those with a dark side. In this black and white comic, Burns doesn't let up in his depiction of a sexually-transmitted disease that alienates even the most popular suburban teenagers from their families and "normal" friends in a 1970s Seattle suburb. Other communities form but with an unstable, sinister center. Oddly, no one is concerned about curing the disease. Burns focuses only on effects through a non-linear narrative divided across different character-narrators. I couldn't stop reading it, but know that it won't catch everyone by the lapels.
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I was a bit skeptical of this book at first, but a few pages in and I was hooked. Both the storyline and illustrations were stellar and had an impressive flow, which sucked me in and kept me reading. Though fictional, the characters lives strike a depressingly strong note. While their lives spiral downward, putting the book down becomes a trivial pursuit. Needless to say, Black Hole is an eerily apt title for such an enthralling read.
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Burns, Charles
Pantheon Books
Whittington-Evans, Nicole
Levy, Pierre Oscar
Peeters, Frederik
Squarzoni, Philippe
Graphic Novels - General
Graphic Novels
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graphic novel;comics;fiction;horror;comic;teenagers;sex;1970s;disease;sexuality;seattle;science fiction;adolescence;black and white;graphic;alienation;comic book;comic books;drugs;american;mutation;mystery;disturbing;murder;coming of age;usa;high school;l
graphic novel;comics;fiction;horror;comic;teenagers;sex;1970s;sexuality;seattle;disease;adolescence;science fiction;black and white;graphic;alienation;comic book;american;comic books;drugs;mutation;high school;disturbing;mystery;murder;teen angst;teen;ang
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January 8, 2008
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104 illustrations
9.5 x 6.5 x 0.75 in

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Product details 112 pages Pantheon Books - English 9780375714726 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Winner of the comics industry's trifecta -- the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards -- Black Hole is a riveting, nightmarish, sometimes ghoulishly funny allegory for the horror of adolescence and our collective terror of sexuality and our own bodies. But don't let this dry description fool you: Charles Burns's graphic novel is beautiful to look at, compelling to read, and purely unforgettable.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Set in suburban Seattle in the 1970s, this graphic novel is the tale of a mysterious plague that has descended on the area's teenagers. Burns has a distinctive style, particularly suited to the disturbing stories he tells. While I love all his books, Black Hole is his masterpiece.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The prodigiously talented Burns hit the comics scene in the '80s via Raw magazine, wielding razor-sharp, ironic-retro graphics. Over the years his work has developed a horrific subtext perpetually lurking beneath the mundane suburban surface. In the dense, unnerving Black Hole,Burns combines realism — never a concern for him before — and an almost convulsive surrealism. The setting is Seattle during the early '70s. A sexually transmitted disease, the 'bug,' is spreading among teenagers. Those who get it develop bizarre mutations — sometimes subtle, like a tiny mouth at the base of one boy's neck, and sometimes obvious and grotesque. The most visibly deformed victims end up living as homeless campers in the woods, venturing into the streets only when they have to, shunned by normal society. The story follows two teens, Keith and Chris, as they get the bug. Their dreams and hallucinations — made of deeply disturbing symbolism merging sexuality and sickness — are a key part of the tale. The AIDS metaphor is obvious, but the bug also amplifies already existing teen emotions and the wrenching changes of puberty. Burns's art is inhumanly precise, and he makes ordinary scenes as creepy as his nightmare visions of a world where intimacy means a life worse than death." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This accomplished graphic novel is a serious work of artistic and literary merit and is essential for any collection..."
"Review" by , "As always, Burns' gorgeous high-contrast art deepens the atmospheric darkness, and this time he really gets under the skin."
"Review" by , "What [Burns] does so blend the erotic and the frightening to create a black hole the reader will want to visit again and again."
"Review" by , "In Black Hole, Burns's careers in the comics subculture and the wider world of pop culture merge for the most deeply felt work of his career."
"Review" by , "In Black Hole, [Burns's] work takes on a new hyperrealism, which paradoxically only makes the story more frightening."
"Synopsis" by , From one of the most fiercely admired graphic artists at work today comes a gothic masterpiece of existential fear and loathing, more than a decade in the making and already being hailed as a classic. Set in suburban Seattle in the mid-1970s, it is a horror tale unlike any other.
"Synopsis" by , A strange plague has descended upon Seattles teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle. Black Hole explores a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it.
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Itand#8217;s a perfect beach day, or so thought the family, young couple, a few tourists, and a refugee who all end up in the same secluded, idyllic cove filled with rock pools and sandy shore, encircled by green, densely vegetated cliffs.

But this utopia hides a dark secret.

First there is the dead body of a woman found floating in the crystal-clear water.

Then there is the odd fact that all the children are aging rapidly. Soon everybody is growing olderand#151;every half hourand#151;and there doesnand#8217;t seem to be any way out of the cove. Levyand#8217;s dramatic storytelling works seamlessly with Peetersand#8217;s sinister art to create a profoundly disturbing and fantastical mystery.

Praise for Sandcastle:

and#147;Begins like a murder mystery, continues like an episode of The Twilight Zone, and finishes with a kind of existentialism that wouldnand#8217;t be out of place in a Von Trier film.and#8221; and#151;Publishers Weekly, starred review


and#147;Sandcastle is a fast 112-page read you won't be able to put down.and#8221;and#160; and#151;

and#147;Peeters and Land#233;vy convey some profound, if profoundly unsubtle, truths about the human condition. Weighty stuff, expertly told.and#8221; and#151;The Comics Bulletin

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What are the causes and consequences of climate change? When the scale is so big, can an individual make any difference? Documentary, diary, and masterwork graphic novel, this up-to-date look at our planet and how we live on it explains what global warming is all about. With the most complicated concepts made clear in a feat of investigative journalism by artist Philippe Squarzoni, Climate Changed weaves together scientific research, extensive interviews with experts, and a call for action. Weighing the potential of some solutions and the false promises of others, this groundbreaking work provides a realistic, balanced view of the magnitude of the crisis that An Inconvenient Truth only touched on.

Climate Changed is printed on FSC-certified paper from responsibly-managed, environmentally-sound sources.

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