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Best known for his work with Neil Gaiman, McKean is also an accomplished CAGES. Dave McKean, Author. NBM $50 (p) ISBN Cages opens with an array of short prose pieces, each a variation on the idea of a creation story. This is one of several motifs that McKean. My first encounter with Cages by Dave McKean was not coming upon it in a bookstore, or being recommended it by a more well-read friend.

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It was written back in still a decade after the work was done. Most of it reads as drawn from life excuse all punning explicit or implicit here!

The story is meant to be about a guy, he moves into a new flat, meets his neighbours, develops mckeann love interest. It is weird to read this and Preacher Garth Ennis now. Cages is largely breathtaking in its use of the form.

Looking through his window, he believes his room has been emptied of all his belongings — until he looks again from a different angle, and sees that everything is still there. The two artists, Sabarsky and Rush, are of course the most direct stand-ins for McKean himself, for his own attempts as an artist to escape these cages. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. As an artist, McKean has a keen no pun intended eye for composition and a skilled hand for form; every page is beautifully crafted and stylistically evocative, seamlessly blending a number of techniques, materials, and moods to tell an intricate visual story.

Thanks to the publisher for giving me a review copy through Edelweiss. Dave McKean’s linework, humor, philosophizing, musical interest, and thoughts on religion are intriguing, heartbreaking specifically the non-text panels brilliant, sometimes rough I find the religious bits kind of clumsy but then-aren’t we all kinda clumsy on this topic! I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?


There were some parts that were strange, even dafe my standards, but that I still found acceptable because Dave McKean. McKean’s art, however, remains ahead of the game. I’ve just read it in past 4 days. Share Tweet Submit Pin. The notion of taking a page and having fun on it, and that was good enough for making comics.

But the art and ideas are great. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It isn’t one cave read in one sitting all issuesbut after getting th Ok, this book is a tome of genius. But we’ll search because the reward is someone who’ll nourish our soul and put aside our mask. Analyzing HellblazerPart 21 13 Mar I still think he’s a phenomenal artist, it’s just xages story is a little A very musical, lyrical piece of art that confronts some very big ideas!

I went into this this expecting the same and perhaps even a bit more. The Dreams of Paul Nash. Please try again later.

It creates a world of its own, united in a tone, ultimately, of beguiled bemusement, of learning to enjoy the shadows even if you only get out of the little cage and into the bigger one. Shadowjac The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, the first volume has some Batman stuff but no Batman in it and is dark but after that it’s cges original stories.

Cages takes a voyeuristic trip into the lives of people who nearly have no impact on the main character’s life.

A Love Letter to CAGES by Dave McKean

cagess In this book he employs a linear illustrative style that at first may seem simple, but quickly elevates itself into a true artform. The first of these stories seems, on first glance, the most significant, because it represents more a try at creating the world rather than an actual creation story.


The text describes four distinct versions vave a creation narrative, each significantly different in details, but all of them sharing the theme of God creating the world and then abandoning it in some way forgetting it, pulling away from it, dying, being chased off. And, more broadly, McKean frequently uses a nine- or sixteen-panel grid, which also imposes a cage-like design on the page.

A Love Letter to CAGES by Dave McKean

But McKean leavens his heavier material with quite a bit of humor and lighthearted interaction between his characters, which is one of many things that sets him apart from much of the modern doom-and-gloom generation of dage. And this is, too, very beautiful.

And who’s to say those are really separate categories, or, ahem, separate cages? The jazz club in which Angel plays and Leo draws is named Katakumbe, an allusion, I believe, to a Weimar-era cabaret shut down by the Nazis.

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Cages Second Edition Paperback. It would have been a less heavy book, and would have flowed more smoothly.

The Age of Innocence. As successive panels zoom out, the pipes of the scaffolds become the long, bony fingers of two bizarre skeletal creatures.