If you follow Neil Gaiman, you may have noticed a new series of tweets with hashtags of various months of the year, and interesting concepts for future stories. It’s all part of the BlackBerry Keep Moving Project that Mr. Gaiman is participating in that allows him to further connect with his audience.
Probably one of the best epic-level comics of all time, Sandman has captured the hearts and imaginations of thousands. The Niel Gaiman series ended some time ago, but now the scribe is coming back to tell more tales set in the Sandman universe.
UPDATE: Complete press release, and cover image now available.
For all you graduates, recent or otherwise, take a few moments out of your day and watch this brilliant commencement speech by Neil Gaiman as he addresses the University of the Arts.
Vertigo has announced it plans on releasing Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Black Orchid in a deluxe edition format.
BLACK ORCHID is a haunting exploration of birth, death and renewal. After being viciously murdered, Susan is reborn fully grown as the Black Orchid, a hybrid of plant and human, in order to avenge her own death. Now as this demigoddess attempts to reconcile her human memories and botanical origins, she must also untangle the webs of deception and secrets that led to her murder. Beginning in the cold streets of a heartless metropolis and ending in the lavish heartland of the thriving Amazon, this book takes the reader through a journey of secrets, suffering, and self-rediscovery.
The collected tome will arrive in the Spring of 2012.
ComiXology has announced that 100 words, the collaboration project between Neil Gaiman and Jim Lee is now available as a digital download.
“From The Sandman and Black Orchid to Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, Neil Gaiman has provided some of the most memorable stories of the comic book industry,” said Jim Lee. “This was a unique opportunity for the two of us to collaborate together and I’m thrilled that the story is now available for even more fans in this format.”
The seven-page poem can be purchased for a mere 99-cents through the DC App storefront. Before you get all bent out of shape over the page-to-price ratio, DC is giving all the proceeds (meaning after Apple, Warner Bros., and the creators take their cut) to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series is being adapted for a television series. At the moment Warner Bros. is nailing down the rights with its own DC Entertainment (I know, right?) in order to bring the idea to the small screen. A few months ago, Sandman was looking like it mind land at HBO, but now that WBTV is involved, who knows where it could end up. I think the subject matter is going to be a little hard to swallow on the CW, but perhaps WB’s involvement will find it back at Home Box Office.
This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the crew of Stephen, Rodrigo, and Matthew open the pages of DC/Vertigo’s Absolute Sandman Volume 1, and take a peek inside.
Absolute Sandman Volume 1
Written by Neil Gaiman; Art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess and Colleen Doran; Cover by Dave McKean
THE SANDMAN, written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN is also widely considered one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. By the time it concluded in 1996, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.
THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 1 collects issues #1-20 of THE SANDMAN and features completely new coloring, approved by the author on the first 18 issues, as well as a host of never-before-seen extra material including the complete original Sandman proposal, a gallery of character designs from Gaiman and the artists who originated the look of the Sandman, and the original script for the World Fantasy Award-winning THE SANDMAN #19, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” together with reproductions of the issue’s original pencils by Charles Vess.
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Or – “I Almost Marked This As A Retro Review…”
Because “This Just In: Former Batman Bruce Wayne Is Pretty Much Mostly Dead, But Also Somehow Drawing Cave Paintings In The Pleistocene Era” is just too unwieldyÂ as itÂ rollsÂ off the tongue…
Well, thatâ€™s one way to do a reboot
Itâ€™s been such a long time since part one of Neil Gaimanâ€™s â€œWhatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?â€ issue, that I thought I had either missed the concluding chapter, or the release was being held off so readers could get into the full swing of â€œBattle for the Cowlâ€.Â Detective Comics #853 arrived today, and the wait was worth it as the issue didnâ€™t disappoint.
Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
For almost two years Iâ€™ve been greatly saddened by the carnage going on in the pages of Batman, as obscure moments from Batmanâ€™s 70-year history were brought forward to weave a tale almost as confusing trying to navigate the inner workings of a clockwork motor.Â When readers were presented with the â€œshocking conclusionâ€ to RIP – namely that Batman was dead and not dead, it lead to the question, Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?