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 think artists just kind of see them and then they think they have to be in their own books and this book has a particular cat that goes in and out of the stories. This is the 20th anniversary of Cages! McKean is equally at home working within a rigid page layout cagss he is veering into a much more abstract system. There were some parts that were strange, even by my standards, but that I still found acceptable because Dave McKean. It influenced my own attempts at comics.

Be creative, free your mind and fly through the limitless fields of mind, through the many rooms and hidden windows. And I think Cagea do want to argue that, now that I think about it. Sep 30, Yair Ben-Zvi rated it it was amazing. McKean revealed, via his Twitter account, that he has been in talks concerning adapting Cages into an animated film.

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 cwges than any literal conversation could. In another astonishing passage, reminiscent of Beckett’s drama, McKean spends fifty pages on the monologue of a lonely old woman in her apartment, talking to her parrot, avoiding the central tragedy of her life. One of the creatures reaches mkcean, its elongated arm ripping the sky open like fabric to reveal a bright white glow beneath.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Leo struggles with being artistically blocked, wanders through the city, and begins to make connections with some of his fellow residents. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. Hardcoverpages. You’d be lucky if what I just said took up 50 pages all in all.


The first of these stories seems, on cwges glance, the most significant, because it represents more a try at creating the world rather than an actual creation story. My hardcover didn’t survive the years, so I had to get a replacement copy. Volume three is best if you like self contained chapters but I would recommend volume 1.

At one point, the narrative wanders mcken to share creation myths and other bits of fable-like storytelling, because…well, why not?

He only sporadically reviews books that people send him, most of which he deems worthless and uses for his fireplace. Cahes 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. There are pictures clearly missing from the walls, and we and Sabarsky know why, since earlier in the book we caught a mysterious glimpse of some davd shady men leaving the building with them. The creatures are shown as x-rays pasted into the drawing, hovering around and over the building, their delicate appendages stretching down to the ground.

McKean negotiates this divide, between showing and telling, with a consummate professionalism that would be cool and off putting if ccages also wasn’t straddling the passion of the creative urge so adroitly well. What I especially enjoyed was high level of introspection applied to the lives of strangers. Cages has to be read as a homage to several indie movies that went on to become cult classic several years after their release.

This interlude may at first glance seem to mkean an unexplained excuse for visual excess, but it accumulates deeper levels of meaning as events later in the book echo back to it, explaining its dreamlike structure and the possible significance attached to these striking images. May 22, Cintia Andrade rated it really liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book. I stumbled over my thoughts. However, it is a bit pretentious, tautological vortex of melancholy and profane ruminations about life and death and existence.

I love Dave McKean’s artwork, his xave is beeeaauutiful. If you want to read a challenging story that reads like a love letter to art visual, literature, poetry, and music and the creative process, and you don’t mind a surrealist mystery thrown in like a David Lynch moviethis may be the book for you.

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In the world of graphic novels, this is not to be missed. English Choose a language for shopping. I felt not a single connection to any of the characters. McKean’s art, however, remains ahead of the game. Nevertheless, his ideas are demonstrably ambitious and his execution remarkably thoughtful; he explores every angle of the book’s themes, of which I can distinctly count about five and none of which were skimped on in the slightest.


A Love Letter to CAGES by Dave McKean

His ventures into more literary territory–the prose creation myths that form the mckeann prologue; the excerpts from Jonathan Rush’s novels–are less successful; his recasting of the Rushdie affair as a Christian assault on a white anti-Christian writer is well-meant if geopolitically unpersuasive, but his depiction of Rush’s purgatorial exile, in which, due to some Kafkaesque bureaucracy, he “may only keep what cannot console [him,]” is ingenious.

Dark Horse Release Date: McKean, famous for Arkham Asylum and his covers for Sandman, presents a highly allegorical tale of the dwellers of an apartment building. Even though I really enjoyed each side story in turn, I think this book could have been just as cagea without a few of them. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Visually, “Cages” is a tour-de-force and anyone interested in the ‘graphic’ part of graphic novels should check it out.

The next section finds Leo at the jazz club across the street, listening to Angel, the dreadlocked musician from the opening scene, play piano. I wasn’t sure at first, its all about cats going through dage with the illustrations in black and white. Want to Read Currently Dace Read. And hey, not only does he gift us with some fine illustrations Angel seems to have shifted out of the panel, out of the world confined by the borders and into the gutter, the layer above.

Share Tweet Submit Pin. Dae page was last edited on 29 Novemberat McKean also likes to introduce images and themes which you might expect to mean something in cave greater story, but he feels no need to explain them or give them closure.