Dave McKean is one of the few artists (especially comic artists) whom I can say has influenced and inspired me. His work, the stuff that I have seen, has touched me and changed me in some way.
Arkham Asylum painted a very unique picture in terms of media he used as well as the subject matter contained within the panels as I am a person who has suffered from mental illness.
Cages was a touching look at a relationship in an unconventional setting. Within the oversize, intensely illustrated book is the most honest look at two people who are drawn beautifully and inconsistently in a beautiful way.
Coraline became something to me that I can’t properly say in words. I’ve posted the link to the amazon listing for the copy of the book I have. I bought it a few years ago from Strange Adventures. It was my first signed book, and it is one of my favourite books.