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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What I especially enjoyed was high level of introspection applied to the lives of strangers. I hadn’t known much of McKean outside of his cover work for Neil Gaiman and Morrison’s Arkh I bought this on a pure whim today when I should have been doing other things.

Don’t me wrong, I like pretentious, I’m a pretentious lady, but it just goes ooonnn and ooonnn. I think of the scene in which Leo the painter meets Karen in a jazz club and they talk for hours, falling into romantic sympathy. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

One sequence, when the old lady catches sight of her own wrinkled face in a mirror and starts with shock, is an achingly wonderful moment. The opening chapters, prose on the creation of life, seemed to confirm this. It creates a world of its own, united in a tone, ultimately, of beguiled bemusement, of learning to enjoy the shadows even if you get out of the little cage and into mkean bigger one. When I say it that way, it sounds overly simplistic, but that’s exactly the opposite of Cages.

Showing of 30 reviews. We can stop caging things, and ourselves. Now, I see that they are doing a new printing of the full collection later this year I saw that on Amazon myself.

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Leo Sabarsky, the central character of Cagesmoves into a new apartment and finds that several of his neighbors are also involved in artistic disciplines, including Jonathan, a davs, and Angel, a musician and poet.

Mcken more, including free online content, on Ed Howard’s author page. 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. This book is overrated. I can only recommend flipping through the book to appreciate McKean’s art but an understanding of the story is rarely needed to achieve that appreciation.


I know of nothing else like it in British or American comics.

At one point I paused in reading in order to do some writing of my own. 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.

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. Be warned though when I said volume 1 is dark I mean it the rest of the series is much lighter though.

I mean, it starts with an artist befriending a jazz poet in a hip bar and THEN gets pretentious from there. But there was no sense of stylized cartooning in there, just more pouches and more treads on the boots. I’ve bought this graphic novel 3 years ago.

This book is nearly pages long. Something a bit different from the usual superhero book. The book is not mainly not polemical–except for an ill-advised high-school lit-mag scene in which a despairing Jesus appears, cursing God for not existing–but there is a political undercurrent, an insistence on a multicultural secular London in which our main artist-protagonists, Leo and Angel, are Jewish and black.

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It was good fun to read, the illustrations were excellent and even though it was long it was fast to read. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Twelve Essays on Watchmen Teenagers from the Future: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? 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.

Not only is the language realistic and compelling, but the facial expressions truly convey the pathos and conflicted emotional life of this character. I hadn’t known much of McKean outside of his cover work for Neil Gaiman and Morrison’s Arkham story and, from the outside, his aesthetic always struck me as too particularly and strangely esoteric, too late 80’s and early 90’s for some reason, reminiscent of Peter Chung of Aeon Flux on a bender.

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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.

The jazz club in which Angel plays and Leo draws is named Katakumbe, an allusion, I believe, to a Weimar-era cabaret shut down by the Nazis. All this is accomplished almost invisibly, with hints and suggestions, so that the metafictional element never becomes overpowering. The Best Books of Oct 21, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cages is largely breathtaking in its use of the form. All the characters live in the same building, but there are numerous levels of complexity in storytelling, types of art, etc.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The other brother played spontaneously and wildly, from the heart, but never searched any further to develop his ideas beyond this superficial point. Understanding Jack Kirby’s Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This is his magnum opus to date: Best known for his work with Neil Gaiman, McKean is also an accomplished cartoonist in his own right.

His linework strikes a difficult and haunting balance between fine weightlessness and heavy schizophrenic uncertainty, while his broader brush strokes serve cagee Wow. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Him and a few other guys sometimes get lost in that 90’s nostalgia. Maybe I was afraid of dxve, maybe I wasn’t ready for it yet. The art is amazing, and the people and their voices are unique and terrific to spend time with.