Dave McKean has illustrated several award-winning comics, including the best-selling Batman: Arkham Asylum (written by Grant Morrison), Mr. Punch, Signal to Noise, Violent Cases (all written by Neil Gaiman), and his own Cages. His collected short stories Pictures That [Tick] won the Victoria & Albert Museum Book of the Year Award, and his short film N[eon] won overall first prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. McKean has illustrated, photographed, and designed hundreds of CD covers, comic covers, and book covers, including the entire Sandman series. He has worked on print and film projects with John Cale, Stephen King, the Rolling Stones, Lars Von Trier and SF Said, and created ad campaigns for Kodak, Nike, BMW Mini and Smirnoff, among others. He also directed the Jim Henson Productions film MirrorMask, which he co-wrote with Neil Gaiman. McKean lives in England's Kent countryside.