“People ask me who my favourite artist is, to work with. I’ve worked with world-class artists, after all, heaps of them. World-class people. And when they ask me about my favourite, I say Dave McKean.” —Neil Gaiman
The Folio Society is releasing a brand new edition of American Gods with 12 breathtaking illustrations by none other than Gaiman’s long-time collaborator Dave McKean.
This 560-page edition will feature the author’s preferred version of the text, with new revisions approved by Gaiman. It also includes the author’s original introduction, plus an afterword detailing the challenges Gaiman faced writing a book about America as an English writer, titled “How Dare You?” There will be an introduction from McKean as well, giving insight into his approach for the illustrations.
From the Folio Society:
For this special collector’s edition, the only colour illustrated hardback volume currently available, award-winning artist and illustrator, and Gaiman’s longtime creative partner, Dave McKean has created 12 extraordinary illustrations, including three double-page spreads and a frontispiece, as well as designs for the binding and slipcase that complement and mirror each other. Like Gaiman’s stories, McKean’s multimedia pieces, with their layered meanings and half-monstrous creatures, capture the uneasy relationship between the real and the unreal.
The Folio Society is currently running a competition to win a print of McKean’s carousel illustration:
Five are available, details for entry can be found here.
Neil Gaiman’s American Gods illustrated by Dave McKean is exclusively available from The Folio Society.