Mister Bones

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Published:  January 7, 2010
Mister Bones

Chris ‘Bones’ Burns is a comic artist whose flair for capturing the nostalgic look of the genre’s heyday combines with a kind of mean edge that sets him apart from the pack. Comic books, skate culture, film, science fiction, album artwork and music posters – over the years more creatives than Desktop can remember have quoted these as being major influences in their lives, and Chris Burns is no different.

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Copyright: Chris Burns

Please tell us a bit about yourself?
Well, my name is Chris Burns, but I mostly go by Bones. It’s my half-hearted attempt to sound cool. Like Coop, or Banksy or Shag or any of those other ‘one name’ guys. As far as education goes, I dropped out of high school in the ninth grade and have spent the remainder of my years since drifting by on sheer luck. Everything I know art wise I really learned through trial and error. I spent years just trying to copy other artists I admired until I seemed to just fall into my own style. Now as for my Photoshop skills, I bought a how to book once, and have been using it to prop up my monitor for the past eight years… So I’d say trial and error and CTRL Z have been the real backbone of my education to date.

Copyright: Chris Burns

Copyright: Chris Burns

Can you tell us about where you’re currently working/ what you’re up to?
Currently I am working for myself as a full time freelancer and comic book artist. Part time though, I am for hire as an in house artist in Melbourne Vic, represented by the Drawing Book.

Copyright: Chris Burns

Copyright: Chris Burns

How long have you been drawing and how did you get into illustration?
I have been drawing as long as I can remember. I think I started getting hired to draw when I was about 13. I got into the business professionally when I was 19, Chris Wahl saw my work on an online forum and suggested his agent check me out. The rest is drawing book history.

You have a strong comic style – what is it to you about comics that just makes them so amazing and such an influence on graphic design/ art?
I think there’s something inherently punk rock about comics. Not the X-men, Spiderman kind, though I have immense respect for them. It’s more the underground DIY antithesis of certain comics that really influences me. Design has an edge these days, depending on its corporate inclinations, that lends itself to that kind of bite. It’s a younger generation in the field now and I think it’s just something that’s become part of the cultural zeitgeist. And I tell yah, if I can find a way to make a buck of our cultures zeitgeist… have a strange predilection towards off beat surreal kids shows of my youth… that’s cool in a hip retro way, right?

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Copyright: Chris Burns

What can we expect from you next?
Well, I have a long list of projects ahead of me. Some in green light limbo, but at the present, viper comics just signed me to a four issue series called Hell House. Me and Alex Cox are working on a new book called Hell Town. And I’m working on my own series called I was a goddamn teenage rock and roll misfit from hell… bit of a ‘hell’ pattern here… Justin Mabry is designing monster masks and ray guns for the last book. I have a feeling it’s going to be my new pride and joy. Each issue will have a gimmick like a William castle movie, 3D glasses, barf bags, smell-o-rama. Now if only I could find a way to rig a comic book to electric shock a reader…

Copyright: Chris Burns

Copyright: Chris Burns

How can people get in touch with you/ hire your services?
Email me any time! If you would like to hire me for in house work, please feel free to contact my representation: Matt Jackson at the drawing book.

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