Bob Burden in 2006
1952 (age 63/64)
Buffalo, New York
|Flaming Carrot Comics|
|Awards||Inkpot Award, 1990|
Will Eisner Comics Industry Award, 1988
Burden's best-known creation is The Flaming Carrot, which appeared in 1979. He worked as writer and editor with lettering by Roxanne Starr. It has received some scholarly recognition: a cover story and interview in Atlanta's prestigious Art Papers; an original cover drawing in Sotheby's art auction; and reviews in The Village Voice literary supplement.
Besides Flaming Carrot Comics and Mysterymen, Burden wrote a Gumby story, a two-part Cholly & Flytrap story with Arthur Suydam, and Robot Comics, a series which was reprised as the "Robot Crime" story for the 20th anniversary of Heavy Metal.
Bob Burden has also produced some prose work, including a short story called "You've Got Your Troubles, I've Got Mine", and an anthology of short stories by various writers, including Stephen King, called Dark Love, from Penguin Books.
Though he has drawn a number of comics, Burden has said that he considers himself solely a writer: "I'm a writer, okay? The fact that I draw art is purely coincidental to that, but I'm not really what you'd call a competent illustrator."
Burden's works have won numerous awards including the Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Arts, the ACE Award, and perhaps the most prestigious award in comics, the Will Eisner Comics Industry Award for the Best Single Issue (Gumby's Summer Fun Special). Burden also has two 1998 Eisner Award Nominations, for Invincible Man and Flaming Carrot's Greatest Hits Volume Three.