Catalogue


Cages /
Dave McKean.
edition
1st softcover ed.
imprint
Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Books, 2010.
description
495 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
ISBN
1595823166, 9781595823168
format(s)
Book
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author
imprint
Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Books, 2010.
isbn
1595823166
9781595823168
general note
"This volume collects Cages numbers one through ten, originally published by Tundra and Kitchen Sink Press between 1990 and 1996, along with additional materials published by Kitchen Sink Press in the Cages hardcover edition, 1998."--P. facing t.p.
abstract
"Cages tells the story of three artists: Leo Sabarsky, a painter in need of inspiration; Angel, a nightclub musician who seems oblivious to the adulation of his fans; and Jonathan Rush, a writer whose novel Cages so enraged his readers that he now lives in captivity. How these characters break free of their mental cages forms the central conflict of this book, which evolves into a meditation on creativity and godhood."--Library Journal.
catalogue key
7323205
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2002-07-22:
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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summaries
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"Cages tells the story of three artists: Leo Sabarsky, a painter in need of inspiration; Angel, a nightclub musician who seems oblivious to the adulation of his fans; and Jonathan Rush, a writer whose novel Cages so enraged his readers that he now lives in captivity. How these characters break free of their mental cages forms the central conflict of this book, which evolves into a meditation on creativity and godhood."--Library Journal.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Best known for his collaborations with Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean defied expectations with his stunning debut as writer and artist with 'Cages'. The book chronicles the intersecting lives of a painter, a writer, and a musician living in the same apartment building.
Main Description
Best known for his collaborations with Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean defied expectations with his stunning debut as writer and artist with Cages, the winner of multiple awards for Best Graphic Album. Filled with complex characters, intriguing flights of fancy, and all the beautiful visuals you'd expect from the director of MirrorMask, Cages is McKean's magnum opus. It chronicles the intersecting lives of a painter, a writer, and a musician living in the same apartment building, and is a profound rumination on art, God, cats, and the cages we build for ourselves. Out of print for years, Cages is finally available in an affordable, new, softcover edition, remastered and newly redesigned, with a brand-new cover by McKean.
Main Description
Dave McKean's Cages returns in a beautiful remastered edition! Best known for his collaborations with Neil Gaiman, McKean defied expectations with his stunning debut as writer and artist in Cages, winner of the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album. Filled with complex characters, intriguing flights of fancy, and all the beautiful visuals you'd expect from the director of MirrorMask, Cages is McKean's magnum opus. It chronicles the intersecting lives of a painter, a writer, and a musician living in the same apartment building, and is a profound rumination on art, God, cats, and the cages we build for ourselves. Out of print for years, Cages is finally available again, painstakingly rescanned from the original art and redesigned from the ground up by McKean. This affordable softcover edition provides more readers than ever the opportunity to experience the graphic novel that Terry Gilliam calls "mesmerizing."
Main Description
"This volume collects Cages numbers one through ten, originally published by Tundra and Kitchen Sink Press between 1990 and 1996, along with additional materials published by Kitchen Sink Press in the Cages hardcover edition, 1998"--T.p. verso.

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