Charles Burns
Oct. 20-Dec. 7
Baltimore's Propaganda Gallery

Daniel Clowes may have the top-dog comics-artist rep and the Hollywood deal, but let us not forget Charles Burns. Back in the early '80s, the Washington-born, Philadelphia-residing artist was at the forefront of the movement to bring back the hard-edged, hard-boiled style of the old pulp comics and give it an alienated modern twist-the sort of gambit contemporary comics writers and illustrators now take for granted. Burns' work is so distinctive and compelling that even the comics-illiterate have no doubt seen it on
album sleeves or national magazine's covers. Spur Design's Propaganda Gallery opens its new show of Burns' work this Saturday, Oct. 20th, with a reception from 6:00-8:30 p.m. during which the artist himself is on hand to soak in the kudos.

Gallery hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Propaganda Gallery, Spur Design, 3504 Ash St., Baltimore, (410) 235-7803, free.
Eric Reynolds
Fantagraphics Books