Black Orchid

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DC Comics, 1991 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 152 pages
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By the acclaimed writer of THE SANDMAN LIBRARY. Consider the orchid: exotic, intoxicating and rare. Consider Black Orchid: a demigoddess in search of her own identity. The flowerlike result of a scientific experiment, the Black Orchid must reconcile her human memories with her botanical origins. Graphic novel format. Mature readers.

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Hmf, no thumbnail. This was a reread (Matt gave it to me for my birthday and we already own it in a different edition). Dave McKean's artwork is incredible as ever and Gaiman's compressed, dreamy-intense, allusive story-telling renders this a gorgeous stand-alone graphic novel. Beautifully interwoven with familiar characters from the DC universe (Lex Luthor, Batman, Swamp Thing, Poison Ivy, plus some minor denizens of Arkham Asylum). The conclusion is um erm okay not that great (a poster over at The Comic Treadmill* reported, "I had people coming into the shop for years looking for issue #4 of this series, apparently not believing that was actually the real ending.") but it's a worthwhile read nonetheless.
and when are we going to be able to embed links in these reviews for pete's sake?!

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I just encountered a best authors tournament in which the final contenders were Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. This match-up gave me pause as I turned the choice over in my head. Both are stupendous ... Read full review


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Neil Gaiman was born in Portchester, England on November 10, 1960. He worked as a journalist and freelance writer for a time, before deciding to try his hand at comic books. Some of his work has appeared in publications such as Time Out, The Sunday Times, Punch and The Observer. His first comic endeavor was the graphic novel series The Sandman. It is the comic book he is most famous for and the series has won every major industry award, including 9 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, 3 Harvey Awards, and the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story, making it the first comic ever to win a literary award. He writes both children and adult books. His adult books include Stardust, which won the Mythopoeic Award as best novel for adults in 1999; American Gods, which won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus awards; and Anansi Boys. His children's books include The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish; Coraline, which won the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla, the BSFA, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker awards; The Wolves in the Walls; and The Graveyard Book, which won the Newbery Award in 2009. He also co-wrote Good Omens with Terry Pratchett. He is currently working on making a film of one of his early books, Neverwhere.

DAVE MCKEAN has illustrated many award winning comics and books, including"The Big Fat Duck Cookbook" (Heston Blumenthal), "What's Welsh For Zen" (John Cale), "Varjak Paw" (SF Said), "The Savage and Slog's Dad" (David Almond), "Arkham Asylum" (Grant Morrison), "The Homecoming" (Ray Bradbury), "Wizard and Glass "(Stephen King), "The Graveyard Book", "Wolves in the Walls", "Coraline", "Mr. Punch", "Signal to Noise" and "Crazy Hair" (all by Neil Gaiman).

He has written and illustrated the graphic novel "Cages" and short story collection "Pictures That Tick", and is working on a new novel (Caligaro) and second volume of short stories.

He has designed and illustrated well over a hundred cd covers for artists as diverse as Michael Nyman, Rolling Stones, John Cale, Alice Cooper, Bill Laswell, Bill Buford, Counting Crows, Iain Ballamy, Tori Amos and Frontine Assembly.

He has designed a Broadway Musical (Lestat), creatures for the Harry Potter films, advertising campaigns for Kodak, Nike, Smirnoff, BMWMini and the British Government, and exhibited in Europe, America and Japan.

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