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Dave McKean

Author of Arkham Asylum

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About the Author

Dave McKean was born on December 29, 1963 in Maidenhead, England. He is an illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, filmmaker and musician. McKean is best known for his regular collaboration with Neil Gaiman. MirrorMask, McKean's first feature film as director and visual designer, premiered at show more the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005. The screenplay was written by Neil Gaiman. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Dave McKean

Arkham Asylum (1989) — Illustrator — 2,875 copies
Mr. Punch (1994) — Illustrator — 1,667 copies
Black Orchid: The Deluxe Edition (1988) — Illustrator — 1,562 copies
Violent Cases (1991) — Illustrator — 1,039 copies
Signal to Noise (1989) — Illustrator — 990 copies
MirrorMask (children's edition) (2005) — Illustrator — 772 copies
Cages (1998) 519 copies
Mirrormask [2005 film] (2005) — Director — 209 copies
The Vertigo Tarot (1995) — Illustrator — 172 copies
John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 04: The Family Man (2012) — Illustrator — 148 copies
The Alchemy of MirrorMask (2005) 140 copies
John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 05: Dangerous Habits (2013) — Illustrator — 140 copies
Pictures That Tick (2001) 137 copies
Celluloid (1508) 79 copies
Phoenix (2013) — Illustrator — 71 copies
Black Orchid: Book One (1988) — Illustrator — 60 copies
The Weight of Words (2017) — Editor; Contributor; Illustrator — 53 copies
Black Orchid: Book Two (1989) — Illustrator — 47 copies
Mr. X: The Definitive Collection, Vol. 1 (2004) — Contributor — 42 copies
Black Orchid: Book Three (1989) — Illustrator — 42 copies
The Residents: Freak Show (1992) — Illustrator — 36 copies
Option Click (1998) 33 copies
Pictures That Tick Volume 2 (2014) 28 copies
Bento: Story Art Box (2001) 22 copies
Postcard From Vienna (2006) 20 copies
Hellblazer #027 (1989) — Illustrator — 18 copies
Postcard From Barcelona (2007) 15 copies
Cages Number Six of Ten (1991) 10 copies
Postcard from Brussels (2009) 9 copies
Cages Number Ten of Ten (1990) 8 copies
The Tip of My Tongue (1995) 5 copies
(eye) (2002) 4 copies
Signal to Noise Radio Adaptation (Signal To Noise) — Original author — 3 copies
Mister X #14 (v1) (1988) — Cover artist — 3 copies
Bitten & Bruised (2001) 3 copies
Postcard from Bilbao (2012) 3 copies
Cenas Marcantes 2 copies
Cages, Bd.1, Orte (1997) 2 copies
Luna (2017) 2 copies
Prompt (2022) 2 copies
Simpsons Comics #63 (2001) 1 copy
Wordsworth 1 copy
Blue Tree 1 copy
Caustic 1 copy
pholk 1 copy
Windows Number 1 (2000) 1 copy
Cages #03 1 copy
O Selvagem 1 copy
Cages #01 1 copy
Cages #02 1 copy
Cages #04 1 copy
Cages #05 1 copy
Cages #07 1 copy
Cages #09 1 copy

Associated Works

Crime and Punishment (1866) — Illustrator, some editions — 44,347 copies
American Gods {original} (2001) — Illustrator, some editions — 33,668 copies
Neverwhere (1996) — Illustrator, some editions — 24,992 copies
The Graveyard Book (2008) — Illustrator, some editions — 22,244 copies
Coraline (2002) — Illustrator, some editions — 20,231 copies
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013) — Illustrator, some editions — 14,881 copies
The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (1991) — Cover artist — 11,865 copies
Invisible Cities (1972) — Illustrator, some editions — 9,415 copies
The Sandman: The Doll's House (1990) — Cover artist — 8,315 copies
The Sandman: Dream Country (1991) — Cover artist — 7,198 copies
American Gods: Author's Preferred Text (2001) — Illustrator, some editions — 6,918 copies
The Sandman: Season of Mists (1992) — Cover artist, some editions — 6,793 copies
The Sandman: A Game of You (1993) — Cover artist — 6,042 copies
The Sandman: Fables & Reflections (1993) — Cover artist — 5,766 copies
The Sandman: Brief Lives (1994) — Cover artist — 5,493 copies
The Sandman: The Kindly Ones (1996) — Cover artist — 5,233 copies
The Sandman: Worlds' End (1994) — Cover artist — 5,158 copies
The Sandman: The Wake (1997) — Cover artist — 4,845 copies
I Am Legend (1954) — Illustrator, some editions — 4,844 copies
Neverwhere: The Author's Preferred Text (1996) — Illustrator, some editions — 4,466 copies
The Sandman: Endless Nights (2003) — Cover artist — 4,419 copies
Roadside Picnic (1972) — Illustrator, some editions — 3,637 copies
Death: The High Cost of Living (1993) — Cover artist — 3,481 copies
The Wolves in the Walls (2003) — Illustrator, some editions — 2,711 copies
Death: The Time of Your Life (1997) — Cover artist — 2,229 copies
The Sandman: Book of Dreams (1996) — Cover designer, some editions — 2,047 copies
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (1997) — Illustrator — 2,026 copies
The Absolute Sandman Volume One (1988) — Cover artist — 1,995 copies
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True (2011) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,967 copies
The Sandman: Overture (2013) — Illustrator — 1,559 copies
The Sandman Companion (1999) — Cover art and design, some editions — 1,249 copies
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (2005) — Cover artist, some editions — 1,234 copies
The Absolute Sandman Volume Two (1990) — Cover artist, some editions — 1,204 copies
The Absolute Sandman Volume Three (1991) — Cover artist, some editions — 929 copies
Midnight Days (1989) — Illustrator — 812 copies
The Absolute Sandman Volume Four (1993) — Cover artist, some editions — 797 copies
Angels & Visitations (1993) — Cover artist, some editions — 780 copies
Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Illustrator — 770 copies
Sleeping in Flame (1988) — Cover artist, some editions — 732 copies
The Child Garden (1989) — Cover artist, some editions — 732 copies
Varjak Paw (2003) — Illustrator — 679 copies
Death: The Deluxe Edition (2012) — Illustrator; Cover artist — 645 copies
London Orbital (2002) — Illustrator, some editions — 619 copies
Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman (2008) — Illustrator — 466 copies
Crazy Hair (2009) — Illustrator — 461 copies
Blade of Tyshalle (2001) — Cover artist, some editions — 460 copies
Absolute Death (1989) — Illustrator — 367 copies
The Homecoming (Wonderfully Illustrated Short Pieces) (2006) — Illustrator — 280 copies
The Outlaw Varjak Paw (2007) — Illustrator — 247 copies
John Constantine, Hellblazer: Rare Cuts (2005) — Illustrator — 242 copies
The Dreaming: Beyond the Shores of Night (1990) — Cover artist, some editions — 236 copies
Hellbound Hearts (2009) — Contributor — 159 copies
The Sandman #01 (Sleep of the Just) (1989) — Cover artist — 144 copies
Slog's Dad (2010) — Illustrator — 122 copies
John Constantine, Hellblazer: The Family Man (2008) — Illustrator — 120 copies
Mouse Bird Snake Wolf (2013) — Illustrator — 114 copies
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere [1996 TV series] (1996) — Cover artist, some editions — 113 copies
New Worlds, New Civilizations (1999) — Illustrator — 90 copies
Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament (1987) — Illustrator — 89 copies
The Vertigo Encyclopedia (2008) — Cover artist — 86 copies
A Fall of Stardust (1999) — Illustrator — 81 copies
The Best of Subterranean (2017) — Cover artist, some editions — 75 copies
Ubik: The Screenplay (1974) — Cover artist, some editions — 70 copies
Breakthrough (1990) — Illustrator — 60 copies
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy (2008) — Cover artist, some editions — 58 copies
In Dreams (1992) — Cover artist, some editions — 52 copies
First Time (2008) — Illustrator, some editions — 51 copies
Bad Doings & Big Ideas: A Bill Willingham Deluxe Edition (2011) — Illustrator — 45 copies
Doctor Who The Scripts: The Tribe of Gum (1988) — Cover artist — 43 copies
Clive Barker's Hellraiser Masterpieces Vol. 1 (2012) — Contributor — 38 copies
A Death Gallery #1 (1994) — Illustrator — 37 copies
Tyger (2022) — Illustrator — 36 copies
Edge (2004) — Contributor — 32 copies
Death: The High Cost of Living #1 (1993) — Cover artist, some editions — 32 copies
An Honest Answer & Other Stories — Illustrator — 32 copies
Death: The High Cost of Living #3 (1993) — Cover artist — 30 copies
Death: The Time of Your Life #2 (1996) — Cover artist — 23 copies
Death: The Time of Your Life #1 (1996) — Cover artist — 22 copies
Death: The Time of Your Life #3 (1996) — Cover artist — 22 copies
Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Book 20 (1993) — Illustrator — 15 copies
The Endless Gallery (1995) — Cover artist — 12 copies
Where's Neil When You Need Him? (2006) — Cover artist — 12 copies
The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad — Cover artist — 10 copies
The Sandman Presents: Bast #2 (2003) — Cover artist — 9 copies
The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #1 (2002) — Cover artist — 9 copies
The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #2 (2002) — Cover artist — 9 copies
The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #3 (2002) — Cover artist — 9 copies
The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #4 (2002) — Cover artist — 9 copies
James Bond: The Living Daylights [graphic novel] (1987) — Cover artist, some editions — 8 copies
Black Orchid #05 (1993) — Cover artist — 7 copies
The Dreaming #13 (1997) — Cover artist — 7 copies
The Dreaming #55 (2000) — Cover artist — 6 copies
Black Orchid #06 (1990) — Cover artist — 6 copies
Black Orchid #20 (1995) — Cover artist — 2 copies

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Black Orchid is visually stunning but too frequently difficult to follow. I've seen McKean's dreamy art style on the cover pages of Sandman so I'm glad to see that they collaborated on a whole series.
 
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ethorwitz | 27 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
Graphic novels are really not my thing. But this is the first one I've read that *felt* more like an illustrated novel than a comic book. Or at least, illustrated short story. It might be because this one has as much narrative structure as dialogue and very little action, so the artwork seemed more for building atmosphere and mimicking a sort of stop-motion movie drama, like extreme closeups, rather than depicting characters in action with voice bubbles over their heads.

The artwork is strange but compelling. The story is strange but compelling. And the ending is... unsatisfactorily unresolved.

Paperback, picked up on a whim at a Friends of the Library sale, because the author is Neil Gaiman.

I read this for the 24 Festive Tasks 2019 for Door 2 Japanese Culture Day (Nov. 3): Read a graphic novel or a book set in a school or academic setting.
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Doodlebug34 | 24 other reviews | Jan 1, 2024 |
Arkham Asylum is a classic for a reason. The story by Grant Morrison is two tales about the horrors of madness. In one, Batman must confront not only his deadliest foes (such as the Joker and Two-Face among others) but his own personal demons. Will he be driven mad too? The other story is about Amadeus Arkham, founder of the asylum that bears his name, and his descent into madness.

Arkham Asylum is a pure work of art, heavy on symbolism. Influence by Freud, The Brothers Quay, and Alice in Wonderland, Morrison and McKean took a variety of influences to create a fresh and mature look at Batman. Dave McKean's artwork is fantastic - and innovative. Creepy yet elegant, you can see how he was obvious influenced by The Brothers Quay as created a mixed media landscape for a comic. This (to my knowledge) had never been done before. It's a non-traditional comic to say the least.

Profound. Artistic. Disturbing. Moving.

This might be my favorite Batman comic.

Give us the arthouse movie adaptation, please.............
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David Lloyd Illustrator
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Works
100
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
231
ISBNs
252
Languages
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Favorited
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