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July Books 9) Black Hole, by Charles Burns

Attracted to this graphic novel by the glowing blurb from Time (which I have found trustworthy in the past); it's a combination of a) the coming-of-age story which I have enjoyed in the form of Fun Home, Blankets and Persepolis I and II, and b) the liminal fantasies of Neil Gaiman. The teenagers of mid-70s Seattle find strange things happening to their bodies: one grows an extra mouth on his chest, another takes to shedding her skin, a condition transmitted by sexual contact. Small groups of them form and dissolve in the woods, in deserted houses, trying to get out of town. In some ways it's a similar take on the terrors of adolescence to Buffy; Burns' stark monochrome rendering gives a bleak and gripping perspective. Not exactly a cheerful book but a memorable one. Slightly surprised I haven't seen more recommendations of it.

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martin_wisse
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, it seems to have sort of slipped through the nets, hasn't it. It may be because it doesn't quite fit in with the examples you give above, both in content and history, Burns being more of an old fashioned underground/alternative cartoonist...

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