About the Author
Dave McKean has illustrated several award-winning comics, including the best-selling BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM (written by Grant Morrison), MR. PUNCH, Signal to Noise
and Violent Cases
(all written by Neil Gaiman), Slow Chocolate Autopsy
(written by Iain Sinclair) and his own Cages
. His collected short stories Pictures That [Tick]
won the Victoria & Albert Museum Book of the Year Award, and his short film N[eon]
won overall first prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival.
McKean has illustrated, photographed and designed over 150 CD covers and hundreds of comic and book covers, including the entire SANDMAN series. He has worked on print and film projects with John Cale, Stephen King, the Rolling Stones, Lars Von Trier and SF Said, and created ad campaigns for Kodak, Nike, BMW Mini and Smirnoff, among others.
McKean also runs the jazz label Feral with top sax player Iain Ballamy, and has contributed production designs to the second and third Harry Potter films. Most recently, he directed the Jim Henson Productions film MirrorMask
, which he co-wrote with Neil Gaiman. McKean lives in England's Kent countryside.