Charles Burns: Sugar Skull

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Some graphic novelists make works that unfold the way poems or novels do: more than a thrill ride, the work feels layered and permanent and rewards the reader who returns to examine it again and again. Sugar Skull (Pantheon) is the third in a trilogy of graphic novels by Charles Burns. These books give space to his protagonist Doug’s interior world, where the seemingly normal happenings of daily life take an unsettling Freudian turn.