Naughty, naughty Charles Burns has left us hanging for over a year and a half with the first volume of X’ed OUT, the surreal reverse Tintin tale of a young man named Nitnit with severe memory problems and a hole in his wall that goes to a deformed world of talking worms. This first book came out late in 2010 and left us on a cliffhanger.

Well, although its been floating around for awhile, here’s a reminder that volume two, THE HIVE, will be out this October. Finally. Here’s the blurb:

Much has happened since we last saw Doug, the Tintin-like hero from X’ed Out. Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug struggles to recall the mysterious incident that left his life shattered, an incident that may have involved his disturbed and now-absent girlfriend, Sarah, and her menacing ex-boyfriend.

Doug warily seeks answers in a nightmarish alternate world that is a distorted mirror of our own, where he is a lowly employee that carts supplies around the Hive. The second part of Charles Burns’s riveting trilogy, this graphic narrative will delight and surpass the expectations of his fans.

As we noted at the time, at a slim 56 pages this is kind of somewhere between album-sized and an oversized comic. It’s almost as if Random House is now publishing a pamphlet comic…except it’s actually a gorgeous full-sized hardcover.

Definitely on our hot list for fall.


  1. Knowing that there are now a bunch of Burns’ books, that I haven’t taken time to read, gives me reason to live.

  2. Also, the german edition put out by Reprodukt will be out next week, beginning of June! (Sorry, it’s only in german, but you can take a look at the covers) http://blog.reprodukt. com/coming-soon-die-kolonie-von-charles-burns/

    And some pages here: http://blog.reprodukt. com/neue-leseproben-online/
    Close the gaps of course! ;)