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Cages (1990) - HC
"Special Edition, Signed and Numbered" (Special Edition, Signed and Numbered)
Kitchen Sink Press


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  Writer(s):
Dave McKean

Penciller(s):
Clare Haythornthwaite
Dave McKean

Inker(s):
Dave McKean

Colorist(s):
Dave McKean

Letterer(s):
Dave McKean

Cover Artist(s):
Dave McKean
 

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Awards:
  • 1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Publication Design: (designed by Dave McKean (Kitchen Sink))

Cover Date: 1998
Cover Price: US $ 99.95

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Hardcover; 496 pages

This is a version of the following issue:
Cages (1990) HC - Cages

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Synopsis:
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.

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Notes:
This edition is a limited edition of 1000 copies and comes in a special slipcase designed by Dave McKean and is signed and numbered. It also comes with a CD featuring readings and music by Dave McKean that is unavailable anywhere else.

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