Dave McKean is one of my all time favorite artists/writers. His surreal graphic novel Cages stands up against not only any graphic novel, but any novel. He’s one of the most talented artists working now. He works in many different styles in each graphic novel. He’s also a master storyteller. You may have seen his work as the cover art for the Sandman Comic Books. These were mostly done in Photoshop. He’s since moved on to working in more organic media. Pictures that Tick is also great. Needless to say I’m excited about the new surreal graphic novel by McKean: “Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash“. Since the novel won’t be out until October, I’m going to let the press release do the talking. But for anyone who likes surrealism, storytelling and art, please check out Cages. I’ll pre-order the book and there should be a review here shortly after it arrives in the mail. Subscribe to the mailing list to wait for a review, but then you should pre-order it as well. 🙂
Press Release via Dark Horse:
DAVE MCKEAN CHANNELS WWI SURREALISM IN NEW ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL
Dark Horse proudly presents Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, a new original graphic novel by the legendary artist Dave McKean based on the life of surrealist painter Paul Nash.
Black Dog takes biographical moments from Paul Nash’s life and explorations of his work, writing, and imagination and mixes them with firsthand accounts of the First World War. Presented as a series of surreal dreams, the stories add up to a moving piece about how war and extreme situations change us and how we deal with the resulting pain—in Nash’s case, by turning landscapes into powerful and fantastical “psychoscapes.”
Best known for his collaborations with Neil Gaiman, McKean defied expectations with his stunning debut as writer and artist in Cages, winner of multiple awards for Best Graphic Album. McKean is also the winner of the Alph-Art, Pantera, Harvey, Spectrum, and BSFA awards.
In addition to the standard release, Black Dog will also receive a limited edition of 400 copies featuring an exclusive plate signed by Dave McKean.
Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash is in stores October 5, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop or through these fine retailers:
Praise for other works by Dave McKean:
“One of the most important works of comic art in the last decade.”—The Comics Journal
“It is compulsively readable, with a lyrical tone that moves the reader through the rougher, more elusive passages as it strives at the very edge of the form’s limitation.”—Comic Foundry Magazine
“The finest comic being created today. Get it and see what heights narrative graphic art can achieve.”—The Fine Print
About Dave McKean
David Tench McKean is an illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician. His work incorporates drawing, painting, photography, collage, found objects, digital art and sculpture.After a trip to New York in 1986 during which he failed to find work as a comics artist, McKean met writer Neil Gaiman and the pair collaborated on a short graphic novel of disturbing childhood memories, Violent Cases, published in 1987. This was followed in 1988 by a Black Orchid miniseries (again with Gaiman) and Hellblazer covers for DC Comics. Beginning in 1989 he produced the covers for Gaiman’s celebrated series The Sandman, all its collected editions and many of its spin-offs, and the Batman graphic novel,Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, with writer Grant Morrison (1989). McKean has gone on to collaborate further with Neil Gaiman in both print and film.