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Gaiman Returns to Sandman

For the 25th Anniversary

By Robert T. Trate     July 12, 2012
Source: DC Comics

Twenty-five years after one of the most celebrated graphic novels of all-time hit shelves, award winning and critically acclaimed author and screenwriter, Neil Gaiman, announces his return to THE SANDMAN. Gaiman made the surprise announcement, via video, at DC Entertainment’s Vertigo panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.  Karen Berger, Executive Editor of Vertigo, then revealed that Gaiman is paired with artist, JH Williams III (BATWOMAN) for the series, who appeared on stage to an already stunned and elated crowd. THE SANDMAN mini-series will be published by Vertigo in 2013.
 
One of the few graphic novels ever to be on the New York Times Best Seller list and lauded by critics the world over, THE SANDMAN is credited with changing the path of storytelling in the comic book industry. Gaiman will pick up his pen for the first time in more than 10 years since ending the series to continue a story that he feels still has yet to be told.
 
"When I finished writing THE SANDMAN, there was one tale still untold. The story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in THE SANDMAN #1, and why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining, and dressed for war. It was a story that we discussed telling for SANDMAN's 20th anniversary... but the time got away from us. And now, with SANDMAN's 25th anniversary year coming up, I'm delighted, and nervous, that that story is finally going to be told,” said Gaiman.
 
"There's nothing like a Neil Gaiman story," said Berger, "and there's nothing like having Neil back home on THE SANDMAN, his dark, soulful, literary epic that transformed comics and continues to captivate countless new readers year after year. Working with him again, and with JH Williams, the extraordinary and groundbreaking artist, is truly the stuff dreams are made of."
 
DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio added, “As accomplished as Neil Gaiman is in other media—whether it be novels, film and even music—he still has an incredible passion and love for comics. It’s exciting to have him back. J.H. Williams will be the perfect complement to Neil’s writing. He has a history of creating art that pushes the boundaries of the medium.”
 
Each issue of THE SANDMAN mini-series will be published day-and-date digitally.  The title will be announced at a later date.
 
THE SANDMAN STORY:
With more than 7 million copies sold in nine different languages, Gaiman’s multi-volume magnum opus THE SANDMAN features literature’s most dysfunctional family—Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, Destiny and Dream. The critically acclaimed Vertigo fantasy series transformed the landscape of comics, helping to usher in an era of more compelling and sophisticated storytelling. Combining mythology and literature in an epic story, it is one of the most popular, groundbreaking, bestselling and award-winning comic books of the last twenty-five years. It has garnered nineteen Eisner and six Harvey Awards, and is the only comic book to win the World Fantasy Award. The original series ran 75 issues and has been collected in ten Volumes, five Absolute Editions (plus Absolute DEATH) and is now being collected in THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN. Other SANDMAN related titles include SANDMAN: Endless Nights, SANDMAN: The Dream Hunters, and SANDMAN Mystery Theatre.

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lusiphur 7/13/2012 6:09:53 AM

 Sounds good to me.

rogue188 7/13/2012 10:42:48 AM

I am soooooooo excited!!! Sandman is one of my all-time favorite comic series. Even if it is a prequel, having Gaiman back for a limited run makes me quite a happy geek.

DarthoftheDead 7/13/2012 11:06:59 AM

Holy Spit!!!! THIS is AWESOME news!!!! Who bloody cares about Mysterion Rise's or gay green lanterns, lol!!!

Looks like I'll be going back to the nearest Comic shop soon....

DarthoftheDead 7/13/2012 12:19:38 PM

Let's all hope that Gaiman does a better job than Frank Miller did with his DKSB, YEEECH......

hanso 7/13/2012 12:45:58 PM

 I've wanted to read Sandman but the damn Absolute editions are way expensive.  Hopefully with this coming out some new hardcover editions will be released, or cheaper Absoultes.  If not I guess I'll have to search Comixology for it.

rogue188 7/13/2012 1:41:20 PM

Hanso, you can get the graphic novels pretty cheap. There are only 11, I think.

hanso 7/13/2012 1:59:41 PM

 Yeah but those are the trade paperbacks I believe.  I like getting them in hardcovers or digital.  I might bite on it though, I always hear great things about sandman.

InnerSanctum 7/13/2012 3:22:52 PM

 Excellent.  One of my favorite graphic stories of all time.  It was always so interesting to me how he weaved in so many obscure characters from DC.  Probably, most didn't even realize it if you were not born at a certain time.   Well told...and I'm glad he is willing to return to the medium.  

shac2846 7/13/2012 4:49:49 PM

I'm with you Hanso. I have the trade paperbacks but I have been waiting for some trimsize hardcovers. Like these enough I would spend the extra money but who knows they may do the trimsize hardcovers once this comes out. 

zipahead 7/15/2012 2:13:55 PM

This is like John and George coming back from the dead to form a beatles zombie reunion. This is the major scoop coming out of San Diego....Hollywood can your hear?

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