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Dave McKean is an English comic book artist who brings fine art sensibilities and multimedia techniques to the funny book genre. I first became aware of him through his work with the equally legendary Neil Gaiman on Sandman.

McKean art for Sandman

Recently, in search of inspiration for the possibilities of the “Sequential Art” genre, I picked up his collaboration with Grant Morrison, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Billed on the cover as the bestselling graphic novel of all time, even just a few pages tells why. The writing turned in by (my personal favorite comics writer) Morrison is mindblowing, and McKean’s art is similarly classic.

A Panel from Batman: Arkham Asylum

No matter the style, Dave McKean’s art is absolutely incredible.

Cages Cover

Cages Cover

Whether it’s a multi-media collage or pure ink on paper, McKean always has a distinctive style and has a hand that brings something to the story that would not have been possible in words alone.


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