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Cages Collection

Cages Collection

by Dave McKean

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Best known for his work with Neil Gaiman, McKean is also an accomplished cartoonist in his own right. This is his magnum opus to date: an immense, pulsing graphic novel that's also a treatise on art, creativity and the uses and misuses of technique. Originally serialized between 1990 and 1996 (and collected in 1998), it's been out of print for several years. The book's plot is fairly rudimentary: a painter, a writer and a musician who live in the same apartment building find their lives intersecting. But the book's gradual shift from literalism to fanciful allegories and stories-within-stories mostly serves as the springboard for a visual tour de force. For most of the book, McKean restricts himself to wobbly, jagged two-tone pen-and-ink drawings, occasionally in the manner of Egon Schiele. But he often signals shifts in storytelling mode by switching media or style (to ink-wash brushwork, airbrushed photography, white-on-black "woodcuts," bold near-abstractions or whatever seems appropriate); when the artwork erupts into full-color paintings and collages, the effect is explosive. Even when the story falters or drifts into endless philosophical chitchat, McKean's artwork saves the day. His characters, built out of crazily bent lines and splatters, have perfectly choreographed body language, and his daring visual experiments serve the ideological goals of his writing. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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By Dave McKean


Copyright © 1998 DAVE MCKEAN.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 1-56163-319-4


Yo! Mr. Cat.

And how are you this fine, fine night.

You really are de doziest great supine I never see, y'know.

Eh? Mister Cat?

Nothin' wrong wit' that now.

But surely is a perfect raven of a night, Mr Cat.

Don't it just feel like de start o' somethin'.

Jus' look at all dem lickle stars, man.

How many lickle star men and star cats is chattin' away up there d'yasteady now. We'll see what dis night brings us, huh?


Give up, Sabarsky.

Hello again.

Get away! Get away! You filthy creature!

Excerpted from CAGES by Dave McKean. Copyright © 1998 by DAVE MCKEAN. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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