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By Dave McKean
Published by Dark Horse Originals on 2016-10-20
FICTION / Graphic Novels
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. Dark Horse proudly presents a new original graphic novel by the legendary artist based on the life of Paul Nash, a surrealist painter during World War 1. The Dreams of Paul Nash deals with real soldier’s memoirs, and all the stories will add up to be a moving piece about how war and extreme situations change us, how we deal with that pain, and, in Nash’s case, by turning his landscapes into powerful and fantastical psycho-scapes.
Praise for one of Dave McKean’s previous graphic novels, Cages:
“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
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Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash? & ? 2016 Dave McKean. Dark Horse Books? and the Dark Horse logo are registered trademarks of Dark Horse Comics, Inc. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the express written permission of Dark Horse Comics, Inc. Names, characters, places, and incidents featured in this publication either are the product of the author's imagination or are used 'ctitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons (living or dead), events, institutions, or locales, without satiric intent, is coincidental. Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean, was co-commissioned in 2016 by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, On a March? sur la Bulle, and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport. The commission was also supported by Kendal College, Kendal Business Improvement District, South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria County Council, and the Brewery Arts Centre. Publisher: Mike Richardson Editor: Daniel Chabon Assistant Editor: Cardner Clark Digital Production: Cary Grazzini Published by Dark Horse Books A division of Dark Horse Comics, Inc. 10956 SE Main Street Milwaukie, OR 97222 DarkHorse.com DaveMcKean.com Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: McKean, Dave, author, illustrator. Title: Black Dog : the dreams of Paul Nash / Dave McKean. Description: First edition. | Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2016. Identi'ers: LCCN 2016016755 | ISBN 9781506701080 (paperback) Subjects: LCSH: Nash, Paul, 1889-1946--Comic books, strips, etc. | World War, 1914-1918--Comic books, strips, etc. | Graphic novels. | BISAC: COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy. Classi'cation: LCC PN6737.M396 B57 2016 | DDC 741.5/942--dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2016016755 First edition: October 2016 Digital ISBN 978-1-63008-734-0
Foreword In September 1914, six weeks after the start of the First World War, a twenty-'ve-year-old from Buckinghamshire named Paul Nash joined the British army. Just over two years later, he was sent to join the troops on the Western Front. His experiences there scarred his psyche and 'red his imagination. Paul Nash was one of the most influential and important British artists of his era. The paintings he created after his time on the frontline, 'rst as a soldier and then as an of'cial war artist, are some of the most potent documents of the First World War. These paintings have now inspired Dave McKean, a ceaselessly thoughtful and creative artist, to create Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash. Artists? reflections on war can illuminate events that might seem abstract to those of us living at some distance from the horrors of the battle'eld. The best art carries a unique and profound power, shaping our understanding of the historical episodes that inspired it. This is true of Paul Nash's paintings, which retain their resonance and relevance a hundred years after they were created, and equally true of this vital new work by Dave McKean. Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash is part of 14-18 NOW, a 've-year programme of new cultural works created especially to mark the centenary of the First World War. For their support, I would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, the funders of 14-18 NOW; and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and On a March? sur la Bulle, our co-commissioning partners for Black Dog. Most of all, I would like to thank Dave McKean for creating for us all a work of such richness, insight, and imagination. Jenny Waldman Director, 14-18 NOW This commission is the stuff of which dreams are made. When we proposed a new comic art commission to 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, our 'rst choice was Dave McKean, although we thought it might be a long shot. Our aim was simple: to identify a comic artist who was internationally recognised and acclaimed by audiences and peers alike, who had an artistic vision which transcended artistic disciplines and boundaries, and whose work could appeal to existing and new audiences alike. Crucially for us we sought an artist who had an irresistible idea for a piece of work which would illuminate, in a new way, the experiences and impact of the First World War. As you will see Dave had much more than just an idea, as he had long been fascinated by the art and imagination of Paul Nash and relished the opportunity the commission afforded. Paul Nash has been described as a Romantic artist who created a landscape of feeling in his work, who provided a bridge between the individual and the natural world, who was both a painter and a poet and more. In our view Dave has brought an additional dimension to our understanding and appreciation of Nash and his experiences of World War I and, using his image-making genius in both visuals and narrative, has created an original piece of work that speaks powerfully to today's audiences. We must thank 14-18 NOW for making this extraordinary piece of work possible and all our partners and team for their energy and commitment. Of course, the biggest thanks must go to Dave McKean for immersing himself for many months in another's psyche to create this astonishingly perceptive work of art. Julie Tait, Director, and Aileen McEvoy, Associate Director Lakes International Comic Art Festival
- W o o d L a n e H o u s e , I v e r H e a t h , B u c k i n g h a m s h i r e
This was my 'rst dream. At least, the 'rst dream I remember. Of all the stories that echo in our past - little candles, clinging to life against the damp and the cold and the draught - dreams are the most elusive. Hiding in the valleys and the folds of our minds, reclusive. Hunkered in the shadows of our past and present tenses - in the trenches.
This was my 'rst dream Looking back on the details, now The child I was, the place, the dog, my mother, the disquiet it all expressed somehow? I've thought about that dream many times I've tried to interpret and read between the lines I've even tried to put those feelings into drawings sometimes