Charles Burns is the creator of the landmark horror graphic novel, Black Hole, currently in production as a major motion picture directed by David Fincher. Skin Deep is the last in a series of three volumes collecting his acclaimed oeuvre up to Black Hole. In addition to the stories, Skin Deep also includes several pages of illustrations reprinted from Burns' sketchbooks, as well as covers and other pieces from foreign editions of the author's work.
I love the streak of darkness that permeates Burns' work. I mean that both figuratively and literally, as his one-of-a-kind illustration style is at-a-glance recognizable because of his heavy use of black ink... That starkness emphasizes the cruel features on the faces of his characters deep wrinkles, harsh teeth, beady eyes and unflattering noses, to say nothing of the occasional freak. Like the look of his characters, Burns is one of a kind, and Skin Deep is a good introduction to the man's singular vision - a good way to get your toe wet before diving in. --Rod Lott