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Cages Hardcover – 24 May 2002

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 2nd edition (24 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840234393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840234398
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,882,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is his magnum opus to date: an immense, pulsing graphic novel... -- Publisher's Weekly July 22 2002

About the Author

Dave McKean is best known for his regular collaboration with Neil Gaiman, during which he has created covers for every single issue and one-shot of Sandman, (now collected as Titan's The Sandman: Dustcovers), Violent Cases, Signal to Noise, Black Orchid and Mr. Punch. Also celebrated for his work with Grant Morrison on the classic Batman: Arkham Asylum, Cages represents McKean's first major solo work.


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Format: Hardcover
I came to cages with little knowledge of Dave McKean other than "The Guy Who Does The Sandman Comic Covers". Sure, Neil Gaiman is listed among the credits and Cages has a smattering of the strange, weird and magical, but, in case you're wondering, it is not a Gaiman-esque gothic, dream-based fantasy.
One character muses, "Like a spiral it [creation] repeats but it also comments on itself". Here, in a nutshell, Mckean summarises what Cages does and is about.
A Chinese box - boxes within boxes - of a novel, weaving between the residents of a contemporary apartment block, McKean provides an enchanting yet fragmented commentary on the nature of creativity (its pitfalls, effects, demands. . . - a theme perhaps given all the more poignancy and "depth" as the author is also an artist) through allegories, fairy tales, anecdotes, encounters and dreams - peppered throughout with dry humour.
Artistically, although much of the illustration is sketchy and two-tone - more like the pictures from a film story board than most graphic novels (and lacking the rich detail of, say McKean's work in "Arkham Asylum") each picture compliments the action perfectly, provides masterful scene changes and those moments when McKean lets his formidable artistic talent carry the narrative alone, provide some of the most original and breathtaking sequences of the piece.
You could argue that McKean fails to deliver what his prologue suggests. You could feel that the characters remain - however beautifully rendered - a little too skeletal and lacking.
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By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2002
Format: Hardcover
When I burst open the cellophane surrounding McKean's opus I was unsure what to expect. He generally supplies the images for other author's texts. Could he deliver on a story of his own doing?
Quite simply he could, and then some.
This is the greatest graphic novel ever written, equally useful as a lush coffee table book or bedtime reading.
McKean mixes drawing styles, photgraphic collage, paint and much much more to create a kaleidoscope of abstract and profound images.
If you only ever buy one graphic novel, buy cages.
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Since A-Level art I dreamed of becoming an Illustrator like Dave Mckean, his work always excited me, moved me and pushed the boundaries of what can be acheived in comic art. Now a few years on,as an Illustrator I believe Cages to be a masterpeice and a huge inspiration to anyone who reads it. Very clever and sometimes heart breaking, he portrays people in a sensitive and compelling light... beautiful beautiful beautiful... i cant describe it to do it justice... there's too much in this large hardback volume for a start! Something to treasure... so if you can find a copy get your greedy mitts on it fast!
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I've always loved Dave McKeans art work, especially on the Sandman covers, but it wasn't until recently that I found out about his writing. Cages is the first McKean graphic novel I bought, picked it up to read it tonight and could not put it down until it was done.

It is startling, hypnotic, distressing, thought provoking and beautiful. At certain points I had to stop, just to bask in the story and let melancolia wash over me and at other points I gasped out loud (drawing strange looks from my husband).

I would definately recommend this, a beautiful beautiful book, only wish I'd bought it in hardback now.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book a couple of years ago, and reread it a few weeks ago. I have never come across a story like this, in particular a story TOLD like this. With an incredibly impressive array of visual/narrative techniques, McKean presents an allegory (if that's what it is; the book can be ambiguous concerning certain developments) of creativity as well as despair, abandonment, frustration, and above all, the realization that things are actually pretty wonderful, if we can manage to alter our self-imposed perspectives.
This is one of the crowning achievements of the graphic medium, and a landmark in literature.
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