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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This is a piece of art NOT something to follow. To ask other readers questions about Cagesplease sign up. A part I remember being in awe of was the scaffolding towards the beginning, such a wonderful example of McKean’s talent. Dave McKean lives in England.

Nearby, a pair of jazz musicians engage in a debate about music that provides another perspective on the issue of creativity that is so vital to this work. There is probably too much quirkiness in the secondary characters, too much English twee stuff that bears the now-kitschy impress of Gaiman, too much of a simplistic dismissal of religion that would eventually lead McKean to work davve the dunderheaded Richard Dawkins–but this is all redeemed by cagges book’s seemingly endless visual inventiveness and the intense interest of watching an artist actually seem to be experimenting, to be taking a journey across his material that surprises him as well as us.

A boy and a girl are in a boat on the endless dark water of the pre-universe vacuum. Cages non dovrebbe mancare nella biblioteca di ogni appassionato di fumetto. The tone is perfectly balanced between the humor of the woman’s malapropisms and the sorrow of her kind-heartedness and despair.

There is a whole chapter about music theory which is beyond me. Grant Morrison’s Arkham is great and McKean made it what it was and still is. It creates a world of its own, united in a tone, ultimately, of beguiled bemusement, of learning to enjoy the shadows even if you get out of the little cage and into the bigger one.

Because he wanted to. Analyzing HellblazerPart 12 9 Jan 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! It is weird to read this and Preacher Garth Ennis now. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Cages doesn’t have much in terms of plot: I had a few of the books, but only because the covers were so great. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. This is his magnum opus to date: Seriously, I mean, ho High on the wonder that was The Sandman, but near the end of my first phase of comic collecting, I started grabbing the first issues of Cages when they were being released, but stopped, and due to their odd physical shape and my constant moving, they became damaged and it appears I no longer have them.

Hardly anything is happening, but at the same time there’s so much substance if you care enough to open yourself to it. Most interestingly, the encounter with the strange and threatening men indicates new depths of darkness lurking behind the writer Rush, who is tied to the strange men by some sinister unseen threads. While there is a baseline of gestural drawing, mostly freehand brushwork, and nine-panel grids colored with a bluish tone, McKean employs photography, painting, collage, digital art to lift the story beyond the London apartment and into realms of myth and subjectivity.

But, in a mood of ever expanding horizons, I purchased this.

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But Mckean, instead of giving us the conversation, gives us pages of flowing pictures, a dance of line and shadow, that shows their mutual attraction more than any literal conversation could. Customers who bought this item also fages. I am doing so only because of that vision and style I mentioned befo I feel as though I may be lynched for disliking this book. So my recommendation is, pick this book up, flick through it, say “ooh the pretty” and then put it down and go read something else.

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Thanks to the publisher for giving me a review copy through Edelweiss. You are commenting using your Twitter account. And it’s not as pretty as Gaiman or, maybe, as profound as Moore or even as funny as the likes of Ennis; it’s singular, it’s its own, it’s a work that deserves recognition. Seriously, I mean, how? Many folks consider this a classic work and perhaps when it was originally published there was novelty to telling this type of human level story without resorting to sci-fi tropes etc.


Mckena, Angel goes from being a fully fleshed-out drawing to the barest of rough sketches, his black outline scratched into a blurred grey, standing out starkly against the bare white of the backgrounds.

Especially to artists illustrators and indy comic book lovers.

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View all my reviews Share this: I enjoyed many parts, scenes And who’s to say those are mxkean separate categories, or, ahem, separate cages? I think it’s just a style thing, but there are everywhere.

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. Most of the book prior to this point was based on the nine-panel grid and slight modifications of it, with only a few exceptions the skeleton creatures, with their tall, two-to-a-page panels, being one.

Right, see how that all sounds pretty concise and focused?

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May 22, Cintia Andrade rated it really liked it Shelves: I come back to it when I need inspiration for my own work. McKean’s drafting and design skills are hugely impressive, continually pushing the boundaries of how much can be done with a few expressive lines. At one point I paused in reading in order to do some writing of my own. Captured Ghosts Grant Morrison: And this is, too, very beautiful. Preview — Fages by Dave McKean.

Reading Cages is like reading Dubliners in an empty, darkened gothic cathedral on some sort of pleasant psychedelic drug.