theremina:

“John Constantine - the real John Constantine - by Dave McKean, from the UKCAC87 booklet. Neither the Hellblazer title or McKean & Gaiman’s Black Orchid would see print until the following year, meaning that this is an interesting glimpse of the artist’s approach before he was first published at DC.”
(via Colsmi)

…But done after Dave had started drawing Black Orchid, and after he’d already painted several of the Hellblazer covers, that wouldn’t be published until the following year, of course. 

theremina:

John Constantine - the real John Constantine - by Dave McKean, from the UKCAC87 booklet. Neither the Hellblazer title or McKean & Gaiman’s Black Orchid would see print until the following year, meaning that this is an interesting glimpse of the artist’s approach before he was first published at DC.”

(via Colsmi)

…But done after Dave had started drawing Black Orchid, and after he’d already painted several of the Hellblazer covers, that wouldn’t be published until the following year, of course. 

oliversava:

NYCC: Sandman: Overture 2 covers by Williams and McKean.

Two beautiful covers…

rm322:

Ocean At The End Of The Lane (Deluxe Signed Edition) - Neil Gaiman - Illustrated by Dave McKean

awaris:

Sandman with a haircut. Looking scary… and exciting!

It was 1916. That was what his hair looked like then. (Go back to Sandman 1 and see what he looked like when he was first captured…)

asker

levi-person asked: I mean no disrespect, but do you think the price for the Deluxe Edition is justified? You've said books are meant to be read, and I agree, but I would be hesitant to read it for fear I'd damage it. I preordered one in March; I'm just curious.

I was very uncomfortable with the Deluxe Edition of Stardust, which was basically the normal edition with a colour illustration instead of the usual one. So I asked Harper Collins to please pull out the stops and make sure that the OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE deluxe edition was as good as any signed limited editions done by small press publishers. They gave it to Dave McKean, who made something really beautiful, in full colour throughout, with a special slipcase. There are 2000 of them only, and I’ve signed all of them.

Is the price justified? I have no idea. The equivalent Subterranean Press and Hill House editions have all sold out. I just checked on AbeBooks and the Subterranean Press Graveyard Book goes for $650-$750, the Hill House American Gods goes from between $400 and $2,600, which means I guess that it’s justified as an investment, and more to the point, it’s justified if it’s something that you want to own and hold and read and touch and have in your home. It’s justified if you want to pay the price for the object.

If you just want to read the words, and you do not care about the Dave Mckean design or images then no, of course it’s not justified. You should get the regular hardback version, and if you cannot justify spending the money on a hardback, you should wait for the paperback, or get the ebook version.

 

Happy Birthday Dave McKean.
We looked like this in about 1987… (I am holding a Mekon Award, which we had just won for VIOLENT CASES, something that made us both incredibly happy).

and now we look a lot more like this:

Happy Birthday Dave McKean.

We looked like this in about 1987… (I am holding a Mekon Award, which we had just won for VIOLENT CASES, something that made us both incredibly happy).

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and now we look a lot more like this:

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Dave McKean is working on an amazing, special, limited, signed, full-colour, edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It will be published shortly after the normal, print-only edition. There’s more information on how to get it at http://j.mp/mckeanOcean

Dave McKean is working on an amazing, special, limited, signed, full-colour, edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It will be published shortly after the normal, print-only edition. There’s more information on how to get it at http://j.mp/mckeanOcean

poisonousliasons:

Before Photoshop

I miss them still…

They really were that size: paintings and assemblages that Dave would take to get photographed, and send the transparency to DC Comics to use as a cover.

From the limited edition of The Graveyard Book, designed and illustrated by Dave McKean. Some unused cover designs…

From the limited edition of The Graveyard Book, designed and illustrated by Dave McKean. Some unused cover designs…