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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Off The Shelf: Chuck Burns

Illustrator and Artist Chuck Burns
Artist and Illustrator Chuck Burns has spent 30 years in underground comics.

Charles Burns, a Philladelpia based artist and illustrator, starting out as a freelance illustrator for a Sub Pop fanzine and Another Room Magazine of Oakland. Burns gained a wider audience when his unusually detailed underground comics were published for the first time in early issues of RAW, the avant-garde comics magazine founded in 1980 by Fran├žoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman (Maus).

In 1982, Burns did a die-cut cover for RAW #4. Raw Books also published two books by Burns as RAW one-shots: Big Baby and the hilarious Hard-Boiled Defective Stories. In 1994, he was awarded a Pew Fellowships in the Arts and in 1999, he showed nearly 20 years of his art and illustrations at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Charles Burns - El Borbah
The critically acclaimed El Borbah, seen above, ran in Heavy Metal from 1983 to 1985.

Burns has worked on a wide range of projects from Iggy Pop albums (Brick by Brick), adapting his own series Dogboy for MTV's Liquid Television and having theatrical releases of his animation being featured in the amazing Fear(s) of The Dark (2007).

Burns, a humble, humorous and often self-effacing man, continues to enjoys a deep respect for his intricate art style and unusual story-craft among many artists and illustrators world-wide today.

Chuck Burns Interview Philadelphia 2009.mp3 (9.5 mb)



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