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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I didn’t hate it, per se. Cages touched me philosophically, artistically, emotionally, spiritually. McKean structures the story as a showcase for his array of artistic styles: Each page crackles with energy and passion, even if the drawings just show a few talking heads having a conversation.

The musician, backed up by a jazz band, in near total darkness, begins speaking into a microphone, delivering a new kind of creation story. Featherskill below the bird, her wrinkled face showing up through the bars of the cage.

It just didn’t feel like enough given the abundance of the art.

Over time, the narrative evokes both the mundane work of attempting to find inspiration alongside surreal moments, including the appearance of a czges intelligent cat and a group of sinister men who seem to have wandered in from a more Kafka-esque narrative.

This story with its quirky characters are a decade too late to be appreciated. In his apartment, Sabarsky stands before a large covered easel, and in the very last panel of the chapter he pulls away the tarp to reveal the blank canvas underneath — a great deal of white space on which to pour out his own thoughts and emotions. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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, davve blending a number of techniques, materials, and moods to tell an intricate visual story.


The idea of flawed creation, of the struggles and trials of creation, is a central one in Cages. It’s a story that relies heavily on visual aspects to make it complete. And I think I do want to argue that, now that I think about it.

Leo struggles with being artistically blocked, wanders through the city, and begins to make connections with some of his fellow residents. A very musical, lyrical piece of art that confronts some very big ideas! Want to Read saving….

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Read it, take your time, let yourself open to its strange beauty. Thankfully we’ve moved beyond this. What McKean has created is, I think, a universally appreciable hymn to the intricate mess that is humanity and the impossibly recursive ways that our serendipitously meta-capable minds are equipped for thinking about it.

McKean doesn’t convince me on every page but when I see where he succeeds At first, the book looked artsy fartsy, pretentious to me. 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.

Eu nunca havia lido uma obra com texto dele adoro a arte dele para os livros de outrosCages foi a primeira. Dave McKean Clare Haythornthwaite. Analyzing HellblazerPart 21 13 Mar I’ve bought this graphic novel 3 years ago.

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May 24, Gautsho rated it it was amazing Shelves: The opening chapters, prose on dzve creation of life, seemed to confirm this. I liked this quite a lot.

Morrison and McKean Unplugged 28 Feb It is a book of many things, mysterious objects and mysterious creatures. Interesting comments on God – cycles of creation cagez created us, we create gods ; all is connected.

He’s trying to invent new ways to tell a story, sometimes with great success, and sometimes with confusion, but always in a way that is thoughtful. He only sporadically reviews books that people send him, most of which he deems worthless and uses for his fireplace. To parallel this dry creative process, McKean keeps returning to blank white panels in between scenes.


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It dwve all wonderful, gorgeous stuff, but then he got into showing off some pages from his massive comic book Cagesthe one comic at the time that he had written as well as illustrated.

Through it all hovers the specter of her husband Bill, who she seems to be waiting for. Often, though, it’s the natural darkness of night and people that cover everything.

I think maybe a scene with Angel when he delivered his grand spoken world performance was nice and his dialect mkean real, but the other characters didn’t mean much to me. I found myself getting lost in Dave Mckean’s work, and being a davf thinker myself this was definitely food for thought.

I really could go on forever talking about the art in this book, and forever and a day talking about how perfectly the art amplifies the story and each individual character within. That’s why I’m extra happy that Cages stayed good all the way to the end.

I knew of Dave McKean because of his work on several Neil Gaiman projects, but had never experienced his masterpiece. 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. Amazon Ccages Cloud storage from Amazon.

Email required Address never made public. The book is ostensibly about God and creation, but I dve reading too literally into that idea would be a misguided attribution, and scientists and atheists and other godless types should not shy away as a result.

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