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Year of the Artist, Day 150: Chris Burnham, Part 2 – Elephantmen #16

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Chris Burnham, and the issue is Elephantmen #16, which was published by Image and is cover dated February 2009. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 26 February 2014

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“Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love’s triangles.” (Oscar Wilde, from The Picture of Dorian Gray)
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What I bought – 8 January 2014

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we cry we laugh we feel we love we live
in the coffin of our existence and
IT IS ALWAYS TOO LATE (Tommy Trantino, from Lock the Lock)
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What I bought – 4 December 2013

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“How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us? How is it we can survive them, at least for a while? We drive a car, we teach a class. How is it no one sees how deeply afraid we were, last night, this morning? Is it something we all hide from each other, by mutual consent? Or do we share the same secret without knowing it? Wear the same disguise.” (Don DeLillo, from White Noise)
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What I bought – 26 June 2013

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“Sotillo used to be very cordial to me at the Goulds’ and at the club. How that man’ll ever dare to look any of his friends here in the face I can’t imagine.”

“He’ll no doubt begin by shooting some of them to get over the first awkwardness,” said the doctor. “Nothing in this country serves better your military man who has changed sides than a few summary executions.” (Joseph Conrad, from Nostromo)
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What I bought – 20 March 2013

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An old Ukrainian proverb warns, “A tale that begins with a beet will end with the devil.”

That is a risk we will have to take. (Tom Robbins, from Jitterbug Perfume)
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What I bought – 13 February 2013

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Sipping drinks on the porch in the sunset, Farsheed Shomloo, an immigration lawyer, pointed to a book on the patio table and told Jim, “You should read this new book about Iran, it’s really interesting.” Jim replied:

“I don’t want to read it. I know the outcome already. In Iran, there is beautiful poetry and everything turns out a disaster. Here the poetry is not so beautiful, but people are free to discover the best in themselves; that’s why America has happy endings. Here it’s a negative system: there is no entrenched despotism, no will to dominate. We immigrants can remake the whole country if we want to. It’s ours for the taking, as if there is a perpetual clean slate where nobody is ever owed anything. I’ll tell you, the Iranian revolution was a disaster for Iran and a success for America, because it brought a lot of talented, ambitious Iranians here. Every time there is a disaster in the Third World, it’s a good thing for America, since the best of the middle class finds its way here.” (Robert Kaplan, from An Empire Wilderness)

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What I bought – 16 January 2013

If so, that impression was in his mind on that last day of 1807 when he was forty and played Surrey to Burr’s Wolsey, exclaiming to the ravening crowd that Burr had “no religious principles, and little, if any sense of reverence to a moral Governor of the Universe.” How could even an Adams purport to know such a thing? John Quincy Adams’s theologically trained father would have been aware that one makes a statement about the state of another person’s soul at great peril to one’s own. (Roger Kennedy, from Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson)

So retro it's mod! 'You can't force me to get a better haircut!' 'My, what big ... tusks you have!' I don't know about you, but there's nothing I like more than a spider woman reaching for my junk! Wolverine does ballet! Cross those claws, Shatterstar! Everyone likes a parody! Old-time Paul Pope?  Sign me up!
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What I bought – 14 November 2012

“You can’t be a pure nation anymore, like the French and Germans used to be. At the stage of technology we have reached, nations work only if they float in the larger world. And what you have in this part of the world are fossilized nations, dead societies that have yet to revive. There are a group of young reformers in our parliament, educated in the West. But Georgians only want heroes. These reformers have never killed, they don’t drink two liters of wine every evening, they don’t fight, they have no mustaches or daggers, so they can’t be heroes!” (Robert Kaplan, from Eastward to Tartary)

Something bad is a-coming! Is this a Spider-Man homage? Reed is going in for a surreptitious booty grab! Probably not smart to swim so close to the propeller like that Split screen!!! Run, Lola, runnnnnn!!!! Um, what? Stanley Kubrick saw this cover and said, 'Pffft.  It's been done.' Thor is heading off to the gun show! Brood, damn you! Really? It's glammatronic! MONSTERS!!!! Yay!  Over a year late! Old-school stuff! Pulpy! The final chapter!
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What I bought – 26 September 2012

People aren’t supposed to look back. I’m certainly not going to do it any more.

I’ve finished my war book now. The next one I write is going to be fun.

This one is a failure, and had to be, since it was written by a pillar of salt. (Kurt Vonnegut, from Slaughterhouse-5)

Why does Beryl looked freaked out? So why is Vanity there? He just wants to play with his ball! Those are awfully big feathers for such a small flying horse That's a really awkward running style Who doesn't like to take their giant insect out for a walk now and then? Mirrorshades, bitches! Symbolism! That's what I use my golem for - wolf-fightin'! Clap your hands, everybody; everybody clap your hands! Jim Lee generic hero shot #529! He's fancy! See, they're vampires ... from America!  It writes itself! But what does he call you? Fact: My sister's name is Barbra, but my parents spelled it the cool way, a.k.a. The Streisand Way
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What I bought – 15 August 2012

“Stories have no point if they don’t absorb our terror.” (Don DeLillo, from Mao II)

What are the odds of her falling down right in front of tiger graffiti???? This is a good cover because at first glance you might not notice how nasty it is! Man, that's busy It's back! ... and then, it's gone again No, that's not an Adam Hughes cover She fears ... the reader! Yeah, I have no idea what the crap is going on here Farewell, Pigs! Because that makes sense! Um, spoiler alert? Darwin really ought to pay attention to the giant floating wolf head behind him There really is a pretty decent in-story reason that we get to see that magnificent ass! I now own three copies of this! Gabriel Hardman is good, yo! Yay, another printing! I keep hoping these will be great! More sexytime comics! Well, this looks ... weird Will it get good again????
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What I bought – 25 July 2012

“It’s all right. Keep right on lying to me. That’s what I want you to do.” (Ernest Hemingway, from A Farewell To Arms)

That HAS to be a fire hazard! Time it takes her to braid her hair? Six hours! How nice! A bedtime story! Just when you think it can't get any more insane ... I should walk around with a toe tag on and freak people out Markham just enjoys ... hanging out Not a dream!  Not a hoax! Is Clor praying? You'll be smarter after you read this ... trust me! The end is nigh! This better be worth it! Vampires will be slayed! Nazis will be slayed! Hot welding action!

As you might be able to figure out, there’s a NSFW panel below. No gold star for figuring out which comic it comes from! I just thought it would be better to tell you now!
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What I bought – 20 June 2012

For them it might stave off what he could not help but see with clarity: that the world was silent and cold and bare and that in this lay its terrible beauty. (David Guterson, from Snow Falling on Cedars)

Poor little Sentinel! I like how she's going to fight all those bad guys with that little weapon More freaky than you are! Sure, let's go around again! You'd think that ghosts would be beyond modesty BLAMMO!!!! Yet another exhibit of why dolls are freaky This would be a lot cooler if it weren't so dark Man, Bisley is good at these! That is a REALLY shiny knife My retailer squirreled away a lot of the best ones, but I do dig this card! I really expect more from Francavilla Talk about phoning it in! He's a cool assassin because he smokes weed! My mind is full of stuff like that all the time! I love the scarf! Get it??? It's all mod and shit! It's olde-tyme Lemire! Admit it: you totally thought this dude was naked! Tardi FTW! Now, where's my Blueberry omnibus for a side-by-side comparison?!? Steampunk?  Really?
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What I bought – 30 May 2012

People often die in the night, devoured by their own nightmares. (Greg Bear, from “Petra”)

The end of many eras! I don't know why he looks depressed - I would love to watch movies in an empty theater! None more black Is it morally reprehensible to buy a comic with a cover by Darwyn Cooke? That awful logo almost ruins this cover I doubt if he was the only one Oh, the rage!
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What I bought – 18 April 2012

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” (Italo Calvino, from Invisible Cities)

So much looming! NAZIS!!!! Oh nos! Will he ever give up the ciggies? Not sold in Germany! Why, Rogue, why? Wockijika-wockijika-wockijika! Old-school! Freaky-deaky! Is he married? Ka-Boom! So much rage! Baron Zemo = Playa! That's some crazy shit, man! That can't be good Nothing is more interesting than Cleveland! Finally! Not enough tits anymore! Well, of course her ass is toward the reader!
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