Friday, December 23, 2011

Neil Gaiman and The Sandman novels/comics

The amazing Neil Gaiman is back with "The Annotated Sandman" - the first volume is out Jan 10th from Vertigo Comics.
If you haven't heard or read The Sandman comics yet - I would HIGHLY, highly recommend that you go find them at your nearest library right now. I would say book store or library, but they were always too expensive for my then-student's pocket.
Blurb from The Sandman: 
Meet the Endless, a family of immortals that govern all aspects of life and death throughout the universe. However, one of theirown lays captured--Dream, the Lord of Sleep. As Dream makes his escape and returns to his duties after 70 years of imprison-ment, he encounters countless characters from myth, legend and comics, from Lucifer himself to the tragic Greek hero Orpheusto the HELLBLAZER John Constantine.

Right. The blurb tells you nothing.
It doesn't say that the Sandman graphic novels are amongst the most creative works of art you will ever see, anywhere. Just wait till you get into Book 2, and begin to see the genius of the story and characters!

The Annotated Sandman will do a page-by-page discussion on each Sandman comic. The first three pages are available here at, and we get a sense of the crazy detail and historical references that the Annotation covers.
Read this only after you read Sandman, this would be a great second/third read of the Sandman comics.
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  1. I have yet to read the Sandman books--I really want to, though! I have to get around to checking my library for them . . .

  2. omg, I read Sandman, like, forever ago! But SQUEE that Gaiman is re-releasing them with his commentary. Seriously, that man's imagination and talent are ridiculous and I'm pretty much a fangirl for life.


  3. @GoldenEagle - Now that you are done writing your novel, perhaps you will get around!

    @Lori - I love that you read them :) I must re-read them too, it's been far too long :)


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