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The Collected Sandman Covers, 1989-1997 Paperback – 1 Aug 1998

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications (1 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082304632X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823046324
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19.7 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,722,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sept. 1998
Format: Paperback
"The Last Sandman Story" is the hook that got me interested in purchasing Dust Covers. I have the original issues of Gaiman's entire run on the Sandman, (so, very little of the art was completely new to me) but I was skeptical about dropping 20 bucks just to get that last little story. Believe me, it was well worth it. Not for the story, mind you, (which is good also), but for the overall design of the book. McKean has created something here that is an incredible sight to behold. As a professional graphic designer, I'm personally floored by his layout technique. I've always been impressed with McKean's covers and graphic novels, but this collection leaves me speechless with admiration. It's not just good art, it's good book design... and that's pretty rare. If Dust Covers could be considered a comic, it would be my favorite comic ever. Please believe me when I say that this book is well worth it.
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Format: Paperback
This book might be one of the better art books I've ever laid my hands on. It has it all! The first pages contains a, as usual, weird Sandman story, never released before. Dave and Neil also sets the standard for the rest of the books comments, ironic and sarcastic. Then from there on and out, the amazing covers, but that's not all, its also got comments on each cover by Dave and Neil, and the covers are printed without any logos or titles on them! Interior art is also included. The layout by Dave McKean is also beautiful, and at the end of the book, you can see some nice art from his studio in England. This book is a must for anyone who likes art in general, maybe especialy the mystic and dark genre. Dave McKean has reallly shown us that he is maybe one of this decades most talented and creative artists!
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By A Customer on 9 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
Dave McKean is the most gifted graphic artist I know. I conside him a true heir of Francis Bacon, Savinio and Magritte; yet he is completely original. His work is recognizable at first sight (I easily spotted a cover of a Front Line Assembly CD as McKean's work), and impossible to imitate. The reason is that he is in love with experimentation. You can copy ideas and poetics, but not craft and virtuosity (in this sense, he is more like Bacon than Magritte, whose technique was mediocre). You can disagree with the violence of some images, but still you'll be surprised and fascinated; the images will stay with you a long time.
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By A Customer on 30 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of Dave Mckean for a long time but I always felt that his art excelled the most in the covers that he made for Sandman, other Vertigo comics and some CD covers. So I was waiting for this kind of book for a long time. This book contains many of the best works of Dave Mckean, who I believe to be one of the best artists that appeared in our century. Dave Mckean reaches deep into your unconscious, he speaks in a wordless world of dreams that your soul must travel to find the forgotten truth inside you. His paintings seem like a web of photographs taken from a dream.
30th of August of 1999
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By A Customer on 4 Sept. 1998
Format: Paperback
Dave McKean has vision. His art trancends mediocrity, transporting you to a place where true creativity reigns supreme. The art is interspersed with colorful, sometimes humorous, anecdotes by McKean and Sandman writer Neil Gaiman. Every page of this book is a treat. Even if you have every Sandman issue ever published, you'll want to compare the original covers to the art in this book. Unencumbered by logos, etc. and printed with higher quality inks on better paper - Dust Covers is an unparalelled showcase for one of the most visionary artists of the 20th (and soon - the 21st) century.
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