(W/A) Charles Burns
Winner of the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards. Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. A strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways – from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) – but once you’ve got it, that’s it. What unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague or even to treat it. Instead, we witness the nature of high school alienation itself. Black Hole deftly explores a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it.