Characters from Black Hole comic brought to life

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Readers of Charles Burns' creepy comic book series Black Hole will recognize these faithful recreations of the yearbook photos of the monstrous teenagers from the series.

The project was a collaboration between photographer Max Oppenheim and prosthetic artist Bill Turpin. has the full series of photos, but unfortunately its Flash interface makes using the website as fun as brushing up against a Teddybear Cholla Cactus.

UPDATE: Bless Spencer Cross' heart for finding the non-Flash blog entry.

(Via Fantagraphics)


  1. Odd how artists/designers websites are almost universally terrible.

    Auto-playing audio on a website: just no, don’t do it :(

  2. Hmmm… never read the comic, but those don’t have anything on syphilis as far as gross goes and that’s a real STD.

    But meh… they’re not as neat as the drawings I saw from the comic. So shiny.

  3. Don’t know what the story behind these characters is supposed to be, but some of the depicted deformities look really like actual, if relatively rare, diseases. So to call them “monstrous” seems a bit harsh, don’t you think? Would you tell someone covered with tumors they looked like a monster?

    1. Technically, the word monster has for definition ‘a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed’. So while it would be no doubt unsensitive to call someone a monster, a monstrous deformity is… well, monstrous.

  4. Just a heads up, but the link from 125magazine site tried to give me the Bloodhound exploit. Thanks!

  5. Teddybear cholla cactus is actually very fun to play with, if you’re careful. It really truly tries to jump on you.

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