Many purists complain that San Diego Comic Con is no longer about comics at all, and with the highlights and focus all revolving around movies and TV definitely supports this argument. However, every once in a while, comic books are the stars of the Con and this year the biggest comic book surprise wasn’t Iron Man 3 or Ant-Man, but it was all about THE SANDMAN. This was my introduction to comic books, so I’m happy to be returning to that world once again.
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, also revealed that Gaiman will be working with JH Williams III (artist behind BATWOMAN) for the series, who appeared on stage to an already stunned and elated crowd. While I wasn’t in the room for this panel, I am so excited for this news. One of the first graphic novels I ever read was THE SANDMAN series so hearing that it will be coming back with new editions is fantastic news!
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.
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 mini-series will be published by Vertigo in 2013.