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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.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; New edition (November 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401250661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401250669
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).

In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at more or less up to date.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Bridges on January 5, 2015
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In the early 90s I was in something of a comics slump. After 20 years of reading, everything just seemed repetitive. Punch. Bam. Pow! Mistaken identities, tortured plots, casual misogyny, improbable costumes. Yadda yadda yadda.

Where were the new game-changers? “The Dark Knight Returns.” “The Watchmen.” “Epic Illustrated.” “Maus.” “Batman: Arkham Asylum.” Moore’s run on “Swamp Thing.” “Moonshadow.” “Cerebus.” Comic books written with style and humor and depth, told through artwork that dared to go beyond the usual four-color superheroes with capes. Books that exploited the medium to do something that text and pictures by themselves couldn’t do. I wanted more of that.

What I got was the big companies doubling down on multiple variant hologram covers, endless Wolverine and Lobo guest appearances, overhyped superstar artists and inane publicity stunts in the inexorable slide toward the death of Superman and Spider-Man’s clone saga. Dark times.

Then Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” came along and proved there was a sustainable market for comics that challenged the reader to keep up, and each and every one started off with an amazing cover that dared you to read further.

While “The Sandman” comic rotated through several amazing artists, Dave McKean created every cover for the entire 75-issue run, plus the special and the later collections. And he broke every rule for comic book covers at the time. Comic book covers always showcased the hero, and they used lots of dialogue and sound effects, and they illustrated a compelling scene from the story. Basically the graphic version of “you won’t believe what happened next!
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