Sandman’s 20th anniversary is this fall — and to celebrate there are tons of new Sandman stuff coming out.
First, the commemorative poster. “What we’re doing right now is proving to be a logistical nightmare right up there with invading Normady,” Neil Gaiman said. “We’re doing a poster with every ‘Sandman’ artist trying to draw more or less every ‘Sandman’ character. Mark Buckingham designed it, so all over the world, you have people drawing characters.”
Then, the collectible object. Buckingham also designed cold-cast porcelain bookends — sturdy enough to hold all ten volumes and/or the Absolute collections — in the form of Dream and Death.
And finally, the new story. “I got a call from Craig Russell,” Gaiman said, “saying he’d always wanted to do ‘Dream Hunters’ as a comic.” Russell, who did the “Ramadan” issue, persisted, despite Gaiman turning him down, thinking the prose work (with illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano) was fine as it was. But it’s also out-of-print as a hardcover, so Gaiman reconsidered, after seeing what Russell did with a “Coraline” graphic novel adaptation.
“When he said, ‘I want to adapt ‘Dream Hunters’ the same way I’ve done for operas and Kipling. What would you say?’ I said it would be wonderful,” Gaiman said. “I think it’s going to be four comics in all. I’ve seen a lot of the pencil work and it’s astoundingly beautiful. It’s like reading a Sandman story I haven’t read before.”
November will also see the release of the final Sandman Absolute — Volume 4. (Though there’s always wiggle room for a Volume 5 as a supplemental, to include “Dream Hunters,” “Endless Nights,” and more).