- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Fantagraphics (June 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606994409
- ISBN-13: 978-1606994405
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Celluloid Hardcover – June 27, 2011
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The visionary art director behind The Sandman’s covers creates a coital masterwork that elicits beauty and excitement in equal measure.... Celluloid is a treasure of technical finesse and sensual mystique that transcends its potential controversy. (Sean Edgar - Paste)
A decidedly adult erotica graphic novel with no dialogue, this is the famed Sandman cover artist going at page after page of a sexy hallucination, whipped up by a magic porno movie projector. Dreamscapes with boners. (Cyriaque Lamar - io9)
Dave McKean’s art never fails to amaze me... I’ll never look at a fig, a pear, or a red tomatillo the same way again. ...I think this would make a good paper anniversary gift. (Gene Ambaum - The Unshelved Book Club)
About the Author
Dave McKean is an illustrator of books and comics, and a maker of films. His graphic novel Cages was recently re-released by Dark Horse Comics. He lives in Kent, England, with a wife, many fish, some millipedes and two children.
Top Customer Reviews
"Celluloid" is a work of art that creatively explores rather than cheaply exploits human sexuality. Whether it will be viewed as such or not remains to be seen, but this is indeed a groundbreaking effort in a medium that is still perceived by many to be just for kids. To have erotica available within such a medium could be potentially very controversial, but it could also be an important stepping stone along the path to cementing the fact that graphic literature isn't just for children; that it can be artful, complex, and as adult-oriented as any other storytelling media.
The book, which is 232 pages, reads (or views rather, since there is no text) very quickly as a work of erotica should and I found that instead of examining each page and the details of the artwork for a long duration, I went through it quickly. I then read/viewed it again.Read more ›
As for the story... I'm not sure I understood it. I think it's going to take another couple of reads at least. Either I'm missing stuff, or it's just a series of images. (Or maybe both, and I'm just failing to make connections.) I can follow the flow of the story from panel to panel and page to page. I'm just not sure what it all means. (There's nothing wrong with artwork that challenges the reader. I'm just not sure how exactly I'm being challenged.)
So high points for the art, and for the potential of the storytelling, but lower marks for clarity or accessibility.
Erotica can be a fickle, alienating genre. In American culture, it's generally something to be shied away from, typically in favor of far more obscene acts of violence. Improperly crafted, it can turn away more people than it can attract and may end up being more embarrassing than stimulating. As such, it's a risky venture for a well-known, mainstream artist like Dave McKean to turn to. Many may immediately dismiss his latest as a work of puerile deviancy, but those sorts likely wouldn't even bother examining the book before casting such aspersions upon it. Although it is most certainly, and openly, erotic, Celluloid manages to be so much more than its label implies.
The book portrays a sexual odyssey in which a woman discovers an old film projector in her apartment. She is surprised to find it loaded with a pornographic movie, but as it plays, it begins to open a door into another world. Curious, she steps through and discovers a fantastic cityscape populated with phantom couples making love, along with another film projector that pulls her deeper into this new world.
What follows is a story of sexual growth and empowerment. She begins the story as a voyeur, but as she embraces the newly revealed and expanding worlds of physical pleasure, her self-confidence grows and she finds the strength to not be a subject of voyeurism herself. The landscapes and colors of the world change around her as she grows bolder in her participation, and McKean's artwork gains greater dimensionality as his central character grows more assertive.Read more ›
Very well done and I'm happy to have it in my library.
That being said, if you like Mckean's work. It worth getting. In the same vein as loving a band and buying all their albums... even the crappy ones...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Less masturbatory than I expected. Stunning artwork, but the abstraction is to a point where the explicit nature of the sex is lost. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Faith
I discovered Sandman a year ago and by extension Dave McKean. This was the first stand alone piece I've read (used loosely, you won't find any actual words here) by McKean and it... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Wizzle
There are very few living artists today who I would use the term 'Renaissance Man' to describe. Clive Barker, for example - imaginative writer, visionary artist, dabbler in theatre... Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by Rich Stoehr
This is a hard one to review. Artistically, CELLULOID is a lovely collection of McKean's work. I enjoy the wide range of styles used throughout the graphic novel, and although I am... Read morePublished on July 14, 2011 by Qemuel