Best known for his work with Neil Gaiman, McKean is also an accomplished CAGES. Dave McKean, Author. NBM $50 (p) ISBN Cages opens with an array of short prose pieces, each a variation on the idea of a creation story. This is one of several motifs that McKean. My first encounter with Cages by Dave McKean was not coming upon it in a bookstore, or being recommended it by a more well-read friend.
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Or am I being ironic in saying that?
One of the creatures reaches up, its elongated arm ripping the sky open like fabric to reveal a bright white glow beneath. Here, Sabarsky sees them with a young girl, and he instinctively jumps out of hiding and yells out when they seem to be on the verge of hurting her.
I think it failed in the sense that the story didn’t move enough and the characters were stuck in this blow-hard kind of way for me. I’d best describe it as a metaphysical noir love story loosely framed within a magical realism context. I can only recommend flipping through the book to appreciate McKean’s art but an understanding of the story is rarely needed to achieve that appreciation.
After spending seven pages in this black-and-white forest, the girl climbs over a hill and into a landscape of pure color, which slowly begins to fill her too — her grey-tone hair becomes streaked with yellow, her eyes fill in with whirlpools of red and green. The characters truly stomped on my nerves. The rest of the book is filled with whole chapters of not-even-secondary characters talking to themselves or a pet about stuff that has nothing to do with anything.
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I’d only read coloured graphic novels before but soon realised it didn’t matter. I feel as though I may be lynched for disliking cahes book.
Fiction Book Review: CAGES by Dave McKean, Author . NBM $50 (p) ISBN
McKean doesn’t convince me on every page but when I see where he succeeds At first, the book looked artsy fartsy, pretentious to me. Because you’ll have got all your going to get out this book. The art for this mcekan was amazing. At first, the book looked artsy fartsy, pretentious to me.
One of my favorite comics. It influenced my own attempts at comics.
Nearby, a pair of jazz musicians engage in a debate about music that provides another perspective on the issue of creativity that is so vital to this dages. She discourses, ramblingly, about religion, her husband Bill, and her memories of the past. Hardcoverpages. The story develops nicely and goes through jarring periods in bizarre scenes, only to recover with a smooth finish at the end of the chapter.
Seriously, I mean, how? The title of the book assumes a host of meanings as the book proceeds: The story is meant to be about a guy, he moves into a new flat, meets his neighbour I love Dave McKean’s artwork, his stuff is beeeaauutiful. Cages is a beautiful, sophisticated novel for experienced comic readers.
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It weighs almost 5 caves. I’ve bought this graphic novel 3 years ago. Visually, “Cages” is a tour-de-force and anyone interested in the ‘graphic’ part of graphic novels should check it out. The story-within-a-story motif is pushed to its limits, creating an onion of narrative that echoes and adds to itself with every layer, often switching between layers like orchestral threads The whole feels very European, even in its depiction of London, which is shown mostly as dim, narrow, winding, deserted, cobbled streets, a maze of cozy paranoia that reminds me that Kafka cited Dickens as an influence.
Based on the content, Caegs believe this was the aim of Dave McKean.
It might be a good curse to have for some people.