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.


Charles Burns - cartoonist and illustrator

Michael Silverblatt

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