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X'ed Out Hardcover – Oct 19 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; First Edition edition (Oct. 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307379132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307379139
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.3 x 30.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A haunting first chapter in what promises to be a spellbinder…Burns’ control of the story is masterful…it will leave you begging for the rest of the story.” –Publishers Weekly

“Like an apocalyptic hallucination…the visionary artistry of Burns exists beyond the bounds of time and constraints of conventional narrative.” –Kirkus starred review
“Tantalizing…a gorgeous head trip.” –New York Magazine
“Gorgeously ghoulish… it will leave you hungry for more.” –Philadelphia Inquirer

“Nightmarish but oddly innocent… some of his most visually mesmerizing and handsomely presented work to date.” –Santa Cruz Metro

“A fantastic meta-reality where Burns’ spastic yet tightly reined imagination is allowed to feed on itself deliciously.” –AV Club

“Creepily intimate…Burns’ best-looking work to date.” –Newsday 

“Burns’s comics are fluid, smooth and as solidly built as a vintage TV set, but they shudder with the chill of the uncanny.” –New York Times Book Review
“I hope it's the first of many.” –Straight.com
“A surrealistic, often horrifying book… a Tintin homage for grown-ups.” –The Stranger

“Headily beautiful…a trippy experience.” –New York Press

“Bizarre, haunting, horrific, funny…Burns is skilled at paralyzing readers, and leading us into worlds we never knew existed.” –USA Today

“Burns fans will definitely get their dollar's worth of weirdness…Burns has outdone himself in sheer ambition.” –Los Angeles Times

“Long awaited first chapter in what promises to be a trippy, wildly experimental and typically disquieting epic.” –npr.org

“An essential addition.” –Indie Street Reads
“Uncompromisingly hallucinogenic storytelling…haunting.” –Omnivoracious.com
“Weird, wild stuff…brimming with punk rock energy and druggy art madness.” –artklept.com
“Its pleasures are many…a very beautiful book.” –The Guardian
“Decadent…His art is as unique as always, and rich in style—as distinctive as any artist…this one throbs with color. Even with the vibrancy, it’s still unsettling.” –Bookgasm 
“Cause for celebration…a visual feast as much as a literary one, and it dwells in the mind long after the final pages have turned.” –Culture Mob

“Vivid, glorious weirdness…a gorgeous book, both attractive and repulsive…highly recommended.” –bibliokept.org
“Taps into the archive of gothic and grotesque imagery…What’s dormant inside of Tintin—the abject fear that Hergé rarely acknowledges—X’ed Out brings to life.” –The Comics Journal  
“Burns dares you to give him control, stop guessing, and just let him take you where he wants to go with the story. But you have to have the courage to do so…highly recommended.” –Comics Waiting Room
“The plot is something you’ve come to expect from Burns—a premise loaded with darkness and mystery with potential for a great deal of humor…With a creator like Burns, you know whatever you get will be good.” –Broken Frontier.com

“Visceral, emotional, and nightmarish.” –Bookslut.com
“Intriguing…brilliantly ominous.” –The Skinny
“Epic…Burns has given us a dazzling spectral fever-dream—and a comic-book masterpiece.” –The Geek Curmudgeon

“Burns is gifted at rendering a peculiar mix of lust and innocence…The brilliance of this volume of X'ed Out is that Burns's mirroring of Herge's visual and thematic motifs never seems heavy-handed…a masterful volume” –Book Forum

“A gratifyingly dense work that rewards multiple readings.” –AV Club 
“Terrifically creepy…I loved every second of this book.” –Boing Boing
“X’ed Out is easily the best comic I’ve read this year, and we’re living in an age when ambitious, ground-breaking comics are hardly in short supply. Unreservedly recommended.” –FA online

“The art in X’ed Out is immaculate…the world he has crafted is so rich and full of life.” –Comicbuzz.com

“Surreal…Waiting for volume 2 is going to be tough.” –Vice Magazine

Waiting for volume 2 is going to be tough.” –Vice Magazine

“Quite possibly the beginning of Burns’ finest work.” –MTV Geek
“This is the only comic I’ve ever seen that stabs back at the light that encases it, that radiated something off the page and into my eyesight, that actually made my eyes do something they wouldn’t have otherwise…it’ll go down in history as a masterpiece.” Comics Alliance

“Challenging and unique…an engaging, engrossing start by one of the most talented comic artists working today.” –October Country blog

“You don’t need any special knowledge to appreciate X’ed Out…You just have to remember what it’s like to be a teenager, to feel alone and lost and stung by love.” –Courier-Journal.com

About the Author

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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Format: Hardcover
Charles burns latest work deserves attention.When I read this I got the same feeling in my gut as when I watch a David Lynch film.I am not sure how to explain it but it feels like there is always imminent danger coming,so you never feel at ease reading the story,yet you are continuously curious as to what will happen next and want more.Once in a while you feel safe during its reading and then something bizarre and (for the moment)inexplicable happens. And of course don't forget that underlying creepiness that is always present.He is a master at subtle and not so subtle wierdness.His art is interesting because of his shading and mutated and exagerated forms. People who like his style of shading might also like the artist Brute(Aidan Hughes).
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(NOTE: although this isn't really the type of story that gets 'spoiled' by 'spoilers', I do blather on about this amazing book in perhaps too much detail... but since any real answers won;t be found until the final book is released later this year, it's all speculation.)
Anytime Charles Burns touches ink to paper is something worth taking notice of, even if it's one of his many covers for 'The Believer'. But the first book of his new trilogy is an event I was waiting for impatiently, wondering what direction he might take after the decade-long construction of what I feel is the greatest work in the history of sequential art, 'Black Hole'. This opening act is Burns' full-color debut, and he utilizes his razor-sharp linework without relying as heavily on the Al Feldstein-Milt Caniff-type stylized spot-blacks he's known for, leaning toward the European influences in his art instead. The 'ligne claire' of Herge, Edgar P. Jacobs and Joost Swarte has always been an important, if less recognized, element in his art, going all the way back to the 80's and his days at 'Raw' and 'Heavy Metal', when he shared the pages with Swarte, Yves Chaland, Moebius, Vittorio Giardino and Francois Schuiten. His 'Charles Burns Library' featured endpapers and cover designs based on the famous Tintin albums, and his latest work once again pays homage to Herge, beginning with the red & white egg on the cover, which derives from an early adventure entitled 'The Shooting Star'. Then there is the persona that the protagonist, Doug, assumes as an aspiring performance artist/poet, donning a Tintin mask and reversing the name to call himself "Nitnit". But he's in a bad place, far from the wholesome, globetrotting adventures of the intrepid young Belgian reporter.
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56 pages, approximately the size of two standard comic books, for an msrp of $25, the cost of eight or nine comics. There just isn't enough content to justify that cost.

The book is good. Bizarre and unique. It's good, but not $0.50 a page good.
The production quality is high, and that helps make us some of the cost. High quality paper, large page size, almost as large as a DC absolute edition. The writing on the spine rubs off far too easily, though that's a minor complaint.
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I'm a big fan of Charles Burns. His artwork is so crisp and clean that I can't help but be jealous of this man's skill! X'ed out is fun (although not appropriate for younger audiences). The only downfall is the length. I finished the book in a single reading and I found myself hungry for more. Looking forward to "The Hive".
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