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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Neither the girl nor the conceit of the changing view show up again, which makes it doubly puzzling what they could possibly mean here. McKean did hundreds of album covers.

So it was a pleasant surprise to find that his genius carries over on the storytelling level.

Sep 30, Yair Ben-Zvi rated it it was amazing. But there was no sense of stylized cartooning in there, just more pouches and more treads on the boots. Also a few in colour painted panels, an photomontages.

Books of the Week. His genius for facial expressions, which had been used throughout the scene to build depth and nuance, now adds to the devastating effect.

This book is overrated. So with a friend I suggested a brief sojourn at our local comics shop. But Mckean, instead of giving us the conversation, gives us pages of flowing pictures, cayes dance of line and shadow, that shows their mutual attraction more than any literal conversation could. Over time, the narrative evokes both the mundane work of attempting to find inspiration alongside surreal moments, including the appearance of a preternaturally intelligent cat and a group of sinister men who seem to have wandered in from a more Kafka-esque narrative.

Cages ccages a big comic that holds strong under it’s own page count. One of the creatures reaches up, its elongated arm ripping the sky open like fabric to reveal a bright white glow beneath. Cages Cages mckeah Dave McKean. Cages plays like experimental jazz, caged going so wild that it dissolves into pure abstraction then rising from the musical madness with solid structure. I think that I’m going to read it few more times But, in a mood of ever expanding horizons, I purchased this.


Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. This tome is about a man’s escape from “real mckeaj and the discovery of religion and different tellings of creation stories. The title of the book assumes a host of meanings as the book proceeds: Reading Cages is like reading Dubliners in an empty, darkened gothic cathedral on some sort of pleasant psychedelic drug. That’s why I’m extra happy that Cages stayed good all the way to the end.

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Most interestingly, the encounter with the strange and threatening men indicates new depths cahes darkness lurking behind the writer Rush, who is tied to the strange men by some sinister unseen threads.

The musician, backed up davw a jazz band, in near total darkness, begins speaking into a microphone, delivering a new kind of creation story. 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. Instead, he tries to get in through the fire escape. There is a whole chapter about music theory which is beyond me. I mean, how had I gone so long without bathing in this wondrous work?

My hardcover didn’t survive the mcjean, so I had to get a replacement copy.

The other brother played spontaneously and wildly, from the heart, but never searched any further to develop his ideas beyond this superficial point. In this scene, he merely begins to blur the grid a bit, to step outside it, and to play with it in interesting ways.

Captured Ghosts Grant Morrison: I think you need to care about someone. That’s not to say that nothing happens in Cages.

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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 with the dunderheaded Richard Dawkins–but this is all redeemed by the 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.


Cages takes a voyeuristic trip into the lives of people who nearly have no impact on the main character’s life. The ones with too much dialogue needed less and vice versa. How tiny we are? For most of the book, McKean restricts himself to wobbly, jagged two-tone pen-and-ink drawings, occasionally in the manner of Egon Schiele. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. One section in particular combines real figures in a photography style I don’t know the name of, but it brought a sense of reality into the story that I found particularly unnerving.

Sometimes you fly to a slightly bigger one, but you never quite have the courage to abandon captivity completely. And I’m aware of numerous traps that lurking behind every corner of creation. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

It was written back in still a decade after caves work was done. Left alone in his room with the aggravating landlady gone, a deeper expression of fear replaces the bemused annoyance that was there throughout his introductory scenes.

The book is not polemical—except for an ill-advised high-school lit-mag scene in which a despairing Jesus curses God for not existing—but there is a political undercurrent, an insistence on a multicultural cgaes London in which our main artist-protagonists, Leo and Angel, are Jewish and black.

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Based on the content, I believe this was the aim of Dave McKean. See all 30 reviews. One person found this helpful. The tone is perfectly balanced between the humor of the woman’s malapropisms and the sorrow of her kind-heartedness and despair.

This is a piece of art NOT something to follow. The first six chapters actually make up slightly less than half the book, since the final four chapters each tend mckezn be much longer.