Dave McKean

Dave McKean

in Maidenhead, The United Kingdom
December 29, 1963




Dave McKean is a world-renowned artist, designer, and film director who has illustrated several books for children, including The Savage by David Almond, and Coraline, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, and The Wolves in the Wall, all by Neil Gaiman. Dave McKean lives in England.

Average rating: 4.14 · 587,524 ratings · 33,628 reviews · 151 distinct works · Similar authors
Dustcovers: The Collected S...

4.56 avg rating — 3,941 ratings — published 1997 — 9 editions
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4.18 avg rating — 1,995 ratings — published 1991 — 9 editions
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The Alchemy of Mirrormask

4.22 avg rating — 184 ratings — published 2005
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3.59 avg rating — 219 ratings — published 2010 — 2 editions
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Pictures That [Tick]

4.14 avg rating — 250 ratings — published 2001 — 3 editions
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The Particle Tarot: Major A...

4.39 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 2000
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Pictures That Tick Volume 2

4.37 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 2013
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A Small Book of Black and W...

4.61 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 1995
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Black Dog: The Dreams of Pa...

4.32 avg rating — 41 ratings2 editions
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Option: Click

4.40 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1998
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Pictures That [Tick] Pictures That Tick Volume 2
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“She looked out at the other trees, and she realised that her life was one of thousands, any one of which could have been her, she had grown wherever her life had taken her, she had drifted wherever the wind had blown her.”
Dave McKean, Pictures That [Tick]

“Everybody's a bird, locked up in a pretty cage. Sometimes you fly to a slightly bigger one, but you never quite have the courage to abandon captivity completely.”
Dave McKean, Cages

“The depressing majority of comics seem to be about violence of one sort or another, [...] And I just don’t enjoy violence. I can see that narratively it is often a powerful spike in a story, but I certainly don’t want to dwell on it. I don’t want it in my real life, I don’t find violence entertaining in and of itself, or exciting, or funny.

But sex is happily part of most people’s lives, and crosses the mind most days, I would say, even if it’s just watching your partner get out of bed in the morning. [...] Most pornography is pretty awful. I mean, it does the job at the most utilitarian level, but it rarely excites other areas of the mind, or the eye. It’s repetitive, bland and often a bit silly. I was interested in trying to do something that has an aesthetic beauty to it if possible, and something that tickles the intellect as well as the more basic areas of the mind. Maybe that’s not possible, and as soon as you start to think too much, it stops working as pornography. I don’t think so, but I guess it’s in the eye and mind of the viewer.”
Dave McKean, Celluloid


Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author), illustrated by Charles Vess (illustrator)
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Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author), illustrated by Dave McKean
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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed written and illustrated by Mo Willems
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