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SDCC 2016 – An Interview with Dave McKean

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SDCC 2016 – An Interview with Dave McKean

At this year’s Comic-Con I had the chance to sit down with artist and writer Dave McKean to talk about his graphic novel Black Dog: the Dreams of Paul Nash. Once I stopped hyperventilating I actually enjoyed the talk. (This is the guy who created every single cover in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, not to mention the director and co-writer of MirrorMask and the creator of all manners of books that I love. I was nervous, is what I’m saying.) What started out as a talk about a graphic novel ended up being a lovely conversation about art, tragedy, and music. See below for the video filmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

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Binary System Podcast #46 – SDCC 2016 Debrief

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Binary System Podcast #46 – SDCC 2016 Debrief

Elizabeth’s back from San Diego Comic-Con and Kathryn’s had a cold kicking her butt for a week so we’re both brain dead and rambling. That’s the kind of podcast we like best. (No one who knows us is surprised.)

Listen in as we debrief on Nerdigras (Nerd Mecca if you will) and spaz out about Civil War II, Dave McKean, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Doctor Strange, Moffat, and more.

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Review: Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth

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Review: Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth

1989 saw the release of Batman titles like Legends of the Dark Knight, a comic book adaptation of Tim Burton’s film, and a very pretty Elseworlds one-shot, Gotham by Gaslight. It also saw the publication of the graphic novel Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, a story that takes the regular comic book format and the hard-boiled detective image of Batman, and throws them both out the window. For its 25th anniversary, DC has released a deluxe version of the title, complete with Grant Morrison’s original full script and storyboards.

The story: Joker and many of Batman’s greatest enemies are on a rampage, and Batman has been called in to rescue hostages and save the day. The kicker is that the riot is inside Arkham Asylum, and it’s the inmates themselves who have invited Batman to come home where he belongs. Grant Morrison’s first Batman title, the complicated story illustrated by Dave McKean’s fever-dream artwork has been called “groundbreaking” and “daring” by some fans, “overrated” and “a mess” by others. The comic operates on many levels and, like it or hate it, the results are pretty disturbing.

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