Thursday, February 18, 2016

WWI Surrealism Channeled by Dark Horse


Paul Nash was a surrealist painter with quite an interesting life. So interesting that Dark Horse is keen on tapping Dave McKean for a graphic novel based on Nash's life. McKean is best known for his collaborations with Neil Gaiman, but he made a name for himself as a writer and artist in Capes. McKean is also the proud recipient of the Alph-Art, Pantera, Harvey, Spectrum and BSFA awards. And In addition to the standard release, Black Dog will also receive a limited edition of 400 copies featuring an exclusive plate signed by McKean.

Black Dog takes biographical moments from Paul Nash’s life and explorations of his work, writing and imagination and mixes them with firsthand accounts of the First World War. Presented as a series of surreal dreams, the stories add up to a moving piece about how war and extreme situations change us and how we deal with the resulting pain—in Nash’s case, by turning landscapes into powerful and fantastical “psychoscapes.” Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash (978-1-50670-108-0) is in stores October 5, 2016.

Full press release below.

Dave McKean Channels WWI Surrealism in New Original Graphic Novel

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Dave McKean Channels WWI Surrealism in New Original Graphic Novel
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse proudly presents Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, a new original graphic novel by the legendary artist Dave McKean based on the life of surrealist painter Paul Nash.

Black Dog takes biographical moments from Paul Nash’s life and explorations of his work, writing, and imagination and mixes them with firsthand accounts of the First World War. Presented as a series of surreal dreams, the stories add up to a moving piece about how war and extreme situations change us and how we deal with the resulting pain—in Nash’s case, by turning landscapes into powerful and fantastical “psychoscapes.”

Best known for his collaborations with Neil Gaiman, McKean defied expectations with his stunning debut as writer and artist in Cages, winner of multiple awards for Best Graphic Album. McKean is also the winner of the Alph-Art, Pantera, Harvey, Spectrum, and BSFA awards.

In addition to the standard release, Black Dog will also receive a limited edition of 400 copies featuring an exclusive plate signed by Dave McKean.
Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash (978-1-50670-108-0) is in stores October 5, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop or through these fine retailers:


Praise for other works by Dave McKean:

“One of the most important works of comic art in the last decade.”
The Comics Journal

“It is compulsively readable, with a lyrical tone that moves the reader through the rougher, more elusive passages as it strives at the very edge of the form’s limitation.”
Comic Foundry Magazine

“The finest comic being created today. Get it and see what heights narrative graphic art can achieve.”
The Fine Print

Also available from Dave McKean & Dark Horse:
Pictures That Tick Volume 2 TPB | 978-1-61655-308-1 | $29.99
Signal to Noise HC | 978-1-59307-752-5 | $24.99

Violent Cases HC | 978-1-61655-210-7 | $19.99
Pictures That Tick TPB | 978-1-59582-328-1 | $24.99
Coming soon:
Cages TPB (Second Edition) | 978-1-50670-084-7 | $29.99 

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About Dave McKean
David Tench McKean is an illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, graphic designer, filmmaker and musician. His work incorporates drawing, painting, photography, collage, found objects, digital art and sculpture.
After a trip to New York in 1986 during which he failed to find work as a comics artist, McKean met writer Neil Gaiman and the pair collaborated on a short graphic novel of disturbing childhood memories, Violent Cases, published in 1987. This was followed in 1988 by a Black Orchid miniseries (again with Gaiman) and Hellblazer covers for DC Comics. Beginning in 1989 he produced the covers for Gaiman’s celebrated series The Sandman, all its collected editions and many of its spin-offs, and the Batman graphic novel,Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, with writer Grant Morrison (1989). McKean has gone on to collaborate further with Neil Gaiman in both print and film.

About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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