1995  Dave McKean

Envisioning the graphic novel

Comic book artist and filmmaker Dave McKean used the Macintosh to create the unforgettable covers for Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series The Sandman. The Macintosh gave McKean the freedom to translate what was in his imagination to the printed page. Through an intensely iterative process, he developed the hallucinatory look that wouldn’t just define the series, but would redefine the graphic novel.

Dave McKean at a signing for one of his illustrated books. Early Sandman covers featured actual physical objects placed around his paintings and then photographed. So making a change meant painstakingly revising his creation by hand. When he added the Mac to his creative process in the mid-1990s, it allowed him to experiment quickly and freely with ideas.
McKean’s work reaches well beyond the world of graphic novels. He’s also an accomplished filmmaker, photographer, and musician, and he has designed album covers for a long list of recording artists. He created this cover for the Counting Crows in 1999.

Released August 8, 1995

Power Macintosh 8500

The Power Macintosh 8500 looked and sounded like nothing else. It was the world’s first personal computer with AV import and export capability, enabling near-broadcast-quality video and audio — and jump-starting the popularity of the Mac with video professionals.

What people did with it

In 1995, the Power Macintosh 8500 was many things to Mac users. Here’s how people say they used it the most.

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