We’re having a launch party, including musical performances, with the legendary Dave McKean to celebrate the release of his latest book Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash. It all happens 7-9pm on Friday the 21st October.
Paul Nash was a renowned painter of landscapes and surrealist art who took his traumatic experiences in World War 1 and channelled them into a series of “psychoscape” paintings that are some of the most celebrated of the time. McKean has created a comics biography of Nash that approaches a series of events from his life through a lens of dreams, taking his lead from the artist’s diaries where he talks of a black dog that recurs in his sleeping subconscious.
As ever, McKean brings all of his considerable, diverse artistic skills to the table to create a unique reading experience, from lush paintings to scratched, inky lines that work in collaboration with the reader. In the words of the man himself: “Comics are a vital form in their own right. This is a unique medium. I couldn’t have made Black Dog in any other medium. I want to hear Nash’s voice in my head. I want the images to quote from still imagery, and NOT to move. You, the reader, have to create that illusion when necessary. Scale of image changes, you are in charge of time. These are all important facets of what makes comics such a powerful and intimate medium”.
Not only that, but Dave has done us the above exclusive silkscreen print, which will be available on the night, or can be preordered through our online store for the ridiculously reasonable price of £30!
Dave will be here signing books, having a chat and, most excitingly, performing songs from the accompanying performance piece he has created for the book! Come join us on Friday the 21st October, 7-9pm for what’s sure to be a memorable evening. Can’t make it along to get a copy of the book on the night? Drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a reservation or a mail order and we’ll sort you out. Check our facebook event for more info.