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by Neil Gaiman

The story of a film director who is dying of cancer. His greatest film would have told the story of a European village as the last hour of 999 AD approached. The villagers feel Armageddon is imminent. The director works it all out in his head, a film never to be seen. By no-one but the reader.
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ISBN: 1878574434
ISBN13: 978-1878574435
Category: Comics
Subcategory: Graphic Novels
Author: Neil Gaiman
Language: English
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics (March 1, 1993)
ePUB size: 1131 kb
FB2 size: 1307 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 433
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Communication, misconception, intentions, barriers, the body of work an artist creates that continues on beyond the slow entropy and end of organic life - this short covers a wide range of existential concepts. Glad to see it back in print, absolutely a must read.
Before Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean introduced American comic book fans to the joys of sophisticated suspense, they cemented their collaborative vision in "Signal to Noise", a decidedly literary use of the comic art form.
If you're looking for spandex-clad Barbie dolls flouncing about and sending off the occasional barrage of soap opera dialogue, look elsewhere. If you're into ancient gods and horror beyond compare, you won't find it here.
But if you're literary jones is only sated by the kind of extraordinary-ordinary situations real people experience in the real world from time to time, the kind of story which stays with you long after you've returned the book to its shelf, stick around awhile.
"Signal to Noise" is the story of a screenwriter racing against the clock to finish his final screenplay. It is also the story of simple peasants waiting for the world to end at the dawn of the second millenium. It is also the story of the immortality of art. It is all these things and more; which will surprise exactly none of Gaiman's fans, familiar as they are with his flair for layered storytelling.
The art is a revelation. I had previously been of the opinion that Dave McKean's distinctive art style evolved during his Sandman run, building on his "Arkham Asylum" work. I was clearly mistaken: "Signal to Noise" is classic McKean; that is, the artwork is unlike anything you've seen before yet does not draw focus away from the story itself.
I have studiously avoided commenting on the plot. When I first read "Signal to Noise," I was completely ignorant of the plot and thus found it to be simply astounding, rather like my experience upon reading Alan Moore's "V for Vendetta" for the first time. That the funny books so rightly derided by many could prove to be such an effective medium for true art is hard to believe. See for yourself what great writers and illustrators at the top of their game can accomplish. Pick up "Signal to Noise" now, and have your faith in comics reaffirmed.
Global Progression
Good buy.
This was reviewed as Gaiman's masterpiece. I have had a difficult time with the start of the book. Lots of not very good noise and the signal is questionable. I is hard to tell from the noise. I hope it gets better further on.
The story in this book is simple; a middle aged film director has been diagnosed with cancer. The story takes place almost entirely in his own flat, or inside his own mind as he writes a story of the turn of the millennium, the 999 one. It has to be said that this book came out original in shorts in 1989 so the whole millennium craze was quite big around that time. The problem with the film is that it is one he will never make as he is refusing treatment and he only has months to live.

Normally I would not spoil the ending, but obviously he die and you know that is the end point from the moment you start reading. There is quite a lot after he dies about what happens to his story and the places it goes and I do wonder how much of it was put in because of the original success of this book. There are a mass of editors notes at the beginning detailing its original publication in 1992 as a collection, through plays, radio dramas, rewrites and redraws and on to this second publishing. So when you read through the final few pages it almost blurs that line between the story in the story and the reality of this book and its own story as it has evolved in the real world.

If you enjoy a book that gives a lot of re-reading value, one that you can spend minutes on each page just looking into the art, rereading the words and trying to find hidden meanings, then you will utterly love this. However if you like to read purely for enjoyment and like dynamic art that flows with the writing, neither one requiring effort to fit into the narrative, then you will hate this and even worse, will probably not understand it. From my personal perspective, I am stuck right in the middle. I can appreciate what this is trying to achieve and I think it manages it very well, but it simply is not my idea of a ‘fun’ read. What will stay with me are the last two panels before it goes into the epilogue ‘Millennium’ and it would have been a better ending had it stopped right there.
Signal To Noise kind of defies or reinvents the meaning of graphic novel, or maybe morphs it into something even more artistic. This is hardly news to anyone familiar with the work of Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman and their collaborative work over the years. Signal to Noise is actually an older work that is seeing new light here.

It's the story of a filmaker who finds out he has cancer. He's working on a film that deals with an apocalypse. The themes of worlds ending is strong in this book. When your world falls apart, do you let your creativity die? Do you try to finish something that might outlive you?

It's a shorter work, but it packs an incredible emotional punch. McKean's work illustrates, but enhances the story. There is an entire story being told in the art alone. Gaiman's work is haunting and memorable. I've been wanting to read this one for a few years and I'm so glad I finally did.

I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to read this excellent and enduring work.