THE LONDON SANDMAN
Or was it just the long The Matrix-style coats and cool haircuts?
The Sandman is a “story about stories and how Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, is captured and subsequently learns that sometimes change is inevitable”. It was right up my street. Plus, crucially, girls liked it too. The dust covers from the many The Sandman editions were made by Gaiman’s friend and long-term collaborator, the British illustrator Dave McKean (and were so good they were eventually released in their own volume). I loved them.
Dave is a horribly talented illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician. His work incorporates drawing, collage, painting, found objects, photography, digital art and sculpture. His collaborations with Gaiman on The Sandman and Coraline plus countless CD and book covers have inspired many other artists and writers. He is also a very nice guy.
Here he is reading the poem ‘The Saucers have Landed’ live in my bootleg recording.
Dave McKean atSalon for the CityJune 26th