Celluloid

Overview

Erotica for the mind and eye by a comics giant.
A woman arrives at an apartment, but her partner can?t get away from work. She is disappointed and settles in for a night alone, but finds a film projector with a reel of film loaded. The film is scratched and blurry, but she can make out a couple making love. When the film burns out, a door is revealed which leads to a misty town square... and a series of fantastical sexual encounters.
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Overview

Erotica for the mind and eye by a comics giant.
A woman arrives at an apartment, but her partner can’t get away from work. She is disappointed and settles in for a night alone, but finds a film projector with a reel of film loaded. The film is scratched and blurry, but she can make out a couple making love. When the film burns out, a door is revealed which leads to a misty town square... and a series of fantastical sexual encounters.
But the plot doesn’t really matter. Celluloid is a rare instance (especially among Anglo-Saxons) of a top-flight cartoonist working within erotic — even pornographic, to embrace the word — parameters, with the intent of creating a genuine work of art.
As the artist says: “There are so many comics about violence. I’m not entertained or amused by violence, and I’d rather not have it in my life. Sex, on the other hand, is something the vast majority of us enjoy, yet it rarely seems to be the subject of comics. Pornography is usually bland, repetitive and ugly, and, at most, ‘does the job’. I always wanted to make a book that is pornographic, but is also, I hope, beautiful, and mysterious, and engages the mind.”
Bringing to bear the astonishing range of illustrative and storytelling skills that have served him so well on his collaborations with Neil Gaiman and such solo projects as the (recently re-released) epic graphic novel Cages, Dave McKean forges into new territory with this unique work of erotica.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A work of erotica meant to be as stimulating mentally as it is visually by famed illustrator/director McKean (MirrorMask). The book's story, of a bored woman waiting for her partner to get home from a late night at work who discovers a film projector with a mysterious pornographic scene loaded onto it, serves as simple setup for a tale told without words. McKean's ability to master many artistic styles and use them to present an ever-changing surreal visual narrative is on full display. As the woman's night brings her from one mysterious encounter to another, McKean employs pencils, inks, charcoals, paint, photographic collages, photography with live models and more, mixing them together as the story builds in its visual complexity. The work has a dreamlike quality throughout, sometimes confusing, sometimes nightmarish, sometimes bizarre, as shapes and people meld and twist into one another. Nothing is ever really explained or resolved, putting the burden on reader to take their own meaning away from the night's events. (June)
Sean Edgar - Paste
“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.”
Eleanor Goodman - Bizarre
“…[McKean] has created a wordless tale that's more about arty tricks than getting your kicks…. It's a grown-up approach to sex, and… a rich escapist read…”
Gene Ambaum - The Unshelved Book Club
“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.”
Cyriaque Lamar - io9
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606994405
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 6/27/2011
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 813,281
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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.
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