Neil Gaiman has returned to the fictional world that made him famous, with an untold tale of Morpheus from before Sandman #1 that promises to reveal secrets about the original series that have lain only in Neil’s mind for more than two decades. What led Morpheus down the path towards the fate we know? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Or – “An Issue That Always Brings A Tear To My Eye…”
Back in the early 1970s, Joe Simon (creator of Captain America, among other credits) returned to DC Comics to create the bizarre tale of the first teenage president of the United States of America. Twenty years later, Neil Gaiman took that concept to its logical conclusions, and created one of the most touching tales of the modern era. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
Last San Diego Comic Con Neil Gaiman announced he would be returning to the world of Sandman and this year he is talking more Sandman with J.H. Williams III.
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.
Today is one of those days were one might expect all manner of horrific art to appear in the Art Appreciation Moment of the Day. Instead, we turn to Peter Krause who offers up this wonderful piece featuring the Golden Age Sandman.
Back in the long-lost late 80′s, Alan Moore was the vanguard of a British invasion in comic books, which eventually led to the creation of an entire imprint at DC. The Vertigo characters initially existed in the mainstream DCU, but at some point, it was decided that their world was an entire separate reality. Occasionally, we have seen some crossover, but mostly their realities have remained distinct of one another, which is why my interest was piqued by the solicits for this issue. I haven’t been following the adventures of Lex Luthor closely, but my internal fanboy wants to know how the new world(s) order is going to shake down…
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.
Or – “Poochie Is Proactive. He’s In Your FACE. He Doesn’t Just Get Busy; He Gets “Biz-zay”!”
Back in the day, my friend Karl and I used to say that there’s a fine line between “high concept” and “dumb joke.” Any idea, story, or setup can be boiled down to a three-sentence marketing pitch (“How ’bout this: Snakes. On a PLANE!”) but the real test is in what you DO with your concepts once that pitch has been approved. A prime example would be Howard The Duck: “Outsider trapped in a world he never made” created great satire and deep emotions when Steve Gerber did it in comic book form (you should really go get the Essential Howard collection, by the way.) But, when translated by other minds into a film, it’s become shorthand for “box office flop.”
Anyone who has seen a movie trailer or read the Previews Catalogue in the last ten years knows that many of the comic books and movies that make it through to final execution do so solely on how pithy the concept is (“Man wakes up from coma after zombie plague occurs,” or “Woman falls in love with undead emo kid”) but the REAL test comes in the EXECUTION of the idea…
Joe Quinones has a bunch of variant covers coming up for the Amazing Spider-Man series from Marvel. All are awesome, but I particularly like his take on Sandman.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has announced voice actor Tom Wayland and others will read exceprts from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman during a fundraiser to benifit the organization.
Hosted by the CBLDF and Vertigo, the dramatic reading will be will be held at the Helen Mills Theater in New York City on Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 pm.Â Tickets are available for a $50 donation to the CBLDF.Â Only 100 tickets are available to this special reading event.
About the stories being performed:
Three Septembers & A January, originally published in THE SANDMAN #31 / Trade #6
The story of Joshua Abraham Norton the first, last and only Emperor of the United States of AmericaÂ that incorporates an explanation for his strange career centering on a challenge between Morpheus and Despair.
The Golden Boy, originally published in THE SANDMAN #51-56 / Trade #8
A revival of a 1970s DC character named Prez,Â it’s the story ofÂ the US’s first teenage presidentÂ that considers how we view our leadersâ€”while they’re in officeÂ . . . and once they’re gone.
I’ve only recently read the series thanks to the awsome absolute editions from DC/Vertigo, and love the series.Â Attending an event like this sounds like a load of fun.Â If you plan on going, you can reserve your ticket here.
Check out this sweet Sandman poster DC is releasing at the San Diego Comic-Con.Â Featuring characters from the Neil Gaiman series, and drawn by Jill Thompson, Tony Harris, Steve Leialoha, Mike Allred, Bryan Talbot, and about 25 other artists.
Take the jump for the full image and a Who’s Who.