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X'ed Out

by Charles Burns

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X'ed Out by Charles Burns
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2010
    56 pages
    Genre: Graphic Novels

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Doug is having a strange night. A weird buzzing noise on the other side of the wall has woken him up, and there, across the room, next to a huge hole torn out of the bricks, sits his beloved cat, Inky. Who died years ago. But who's nonetheless slinking out through the hole, beckoning Doug to follow.
 
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To say any more would spoil the freaky, Burnsian fun, especially because X'ed Out, unlike Black Hole, has not been previously serialized, and every unnervingly meticulous panel will be more tantalizing than the last ...
 
Drawing inspiration from such diverse influences as Hergé and William Burroughs, Charles Burns has given us a dazzling spectral fever-dream - and a comic-book masterpiece.

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"Starred Review. Burns has turned out a haunting first chapter in what promises to be a spellbinder ... The only disappointment about X'ed Out is its brevity - the first of several installments, it will leave you begging for the rest of the story." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Like an apocalyptic hallucination … the visionary artistry of Burns exists beyond the bounds of time and constraints of conventional narrative." – Kirkus Reviews

"Long awaited first chapter in what promises to be a trippy, wildly experimental and typically disquieting epic." – NPR

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Charles Burns

Charles Burns grew up in Seattle in the 1970s. His work rose to prominence in Art Spiegelman’s Raw magazine in the mid-1980s and took off from there. He has illustrated covers for Time, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine, among many other publications. Burns’s most recent book, Black Hole, received Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz awards in 2005. He lives in Philadelphia.

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