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Signal to Noise [Hardcover]

Dave McKean , Neil Gaiman , Sierra Hahn
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24 Dec 2013
Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean present their masterpiece, Signal to Noise! Somewhere in London, a film director is dying of cancer. His life's crowning achievement, his greatest film, would have told the story of a European village as the last hour of 999 AD approached - the midnight that the villagers were convinced would bring with it Armageddon. Now that story will never be told. But he's still working it out in his head, making a film that no one will ever see. No one but us.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (24 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616552689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616552688
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,142,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is the winner of 3 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award and 1 Mythopoeic. He's also a pretty nifty author of all kinds of cool stuff . . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of their best work! A must have! 29 Mar 2001
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Another collaboration with Gaiman and McKean, showing that they are in a league of their own when it comes to creating powerful tales, in a manner that noone else can reach. The story is focused on a film director that decides to write his last film. Focussing on the fears of turning to a new millenium and his fear of dying, he adapts it as only a writer can to how the people of the last millenium must have felt. The illustrations are some of McKeans best. For any McKean Lover,its a must have!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This graphic novel by Neil Gaiman doesn't have the poetic sensebility of his Sandman novels, it is more the bleak, graphic realism of Violent Cases, and Punch. It tells the story of the very end of a man's life, and the distractions of his last hours.
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Neil Gaiman is on the best comics'autho & this is on of his best work. The story is about a film director dying of Cancer somewhere in London. Through this, Gaiman is treating about the only essential reflection of mankind: the meaning of Death.
With the beutiful illustrations of Dave McKean, "Signal to noise" is a huge masterpiece. Everybody should read this before dying
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Signal, No Noise in This Early Gaiman/McKean Tale 3 May 2000
By Jeffrey A. Veyera - Published on
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Before Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean introduced American comic book fans to the joys of sophisticated suspense, they cemented their collaborative vision in "Signal to Noise", a decidedly literary use of the comic art form.
If you're looking for spandex-clad Barbie dolls flouncing about and sending off the occasional barrage of soap opera dialogue, look elsewhere. If you're into ancient gods and horror beyond compare, you won't find it here.
But if you're literary jones is only sated by the kind of extraordinary-ordinary situations real people experience in the real world from time to time, the kind of story which stays with you long after you've returned the book to its shelf, stick around awhile.
"Signal to Noise" is the story of a screenwriter racing against the clock to finish his final screenplay. It is also the story of simple peasants waiting for the world to end at the dawn of the second millenium. It is also the story of the immortality of art. It is all these things and more; which will surprise exactly none of Gaiman's fans, familiar as they are with his flair for layered storytelling.
The art is a revelation. I had previously been of the opinion that Dave McKean's distinctive art style evolved during his Sandman run, building on his "Arkham Asylum" work. I was clearly mistaken: "Signal to Noise" is classic McKean; that is, the artwork is unlike anything you've seen before yet does not draw focus away from the story itself.
I have studiously avoided commenting on the plot. When I first read "Signal to Noise," I was completely ignorant of the plot and thus found it to be simply astounding, rather like my experience upon reading Alan Moore's "V for Vendetta" for the first time. That the funny books so rightly derided by many could prove to be such an effective medium for true art is hard to believe. See for yourself what great writers and illustrators at the top of their game can accomplish. Pick up "Signal to Noise" now, and have your faith in comics reaffirmed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Neil's Best Works 13 April 1999
By Brian James Oak - Published on
This may be Neil's best non-Sandman book. It is not a happy book. It is serious and it is literature. A director in his final days on earth writes a screenplay about the end of the world--in 999 A.D. In truth, it is about our contemporary society and what life means within that realm. The title refers to the book (Signal to Noise) as the signal, and our contemporary society as the white noise that it points us toward and tries to help us understand. It doubles as it refers to the script that the director is writing in the same fashion. Remember that the script hasn't been made into a movie yet at which point it will be both signal and noise. Indeed, the artistic medium that the director works with is very symbolic of all the white noise in American society (or British for that matter). A previous reader who did not understand the title or the book gave it a negative review on the first edition of the book that was originally offered on Amazon. That's sad.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most haunting book I've read 2 Aug 1999
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This is a book that stays with me in the places we don't talk about in polite company. This is the book I'd kill to be able to bring into my classroom. The introduction has it right: this book is painfull. The tearing apart of life and our purpose in it bores into me every time I've read it...which adds up to alot of digging. I cannot emphasize enough how good this is. If you turn down the noise and listen, you'll see things in a different light.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark and unsettling, but beautifully done. 17 Oct 2000
By Geoffrey Brent - Published on
This is early work for both Gaiman and McKean, but it's as good as anything else I've seen them do. The text and art combine seamlessly to illustrate the theme - meaningful signal, contrasted with meaningless noise - in the story of a film director dying. Although it has no supernatural elements at all, in some ways this story comes across as an earlier and starker version of 'The Sound Of Her Wings'.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad and magnificent blend of art and modern story telling. 13 Sep 1998
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I had read and enjoyed the Sandman, but most of Gaiman's stuff left me wanting. Until this. It is a brilliant and melancholy look at the last moments of life left to a dying director taken from his fantasies and bits of conversations with good freinds. One man examines his own mortality and finds himself in his final film. I first borrowed this book from a freind and I haven't found a copy of it for myself, but when I do, I plan to treasure it always. Five stars don't fill the night that this book paints. Gaiman's writing is beautiful and harrowing. McKean's art suits the feel of the material perfectly. I highly recomend this book.
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