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Neil Gaiman Announces New Sandman Universe Line of Comics

DC Entertainment announces the creation of The Sandman Universe, a new Vertigo line of comic books curated by Neil Gaiman, conjuring epic storytelling, immersing readers into the evolving world of the Dreaming. The Sandman Universe begins with four new ongoing series, existing in a shared universe, building upon Gaiman’s New York Times best-selling series that lyrically weaved together stories of dreams and magic.

“The Sandman Universe has always been very close and personal to me and I am thrilled to open up the world once again to an extremely talented group of writers and artists,” explains Gaiman. “I get to see the joy in these brilliant people whom I’ve selected, as they get their chance to play in this world.”

Each writer was hand-selected by Gaiman for the following series:

-The Dreaming by Si Spurrier (2000AD, Suicide Squad)
-House of Whispers by Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, New Moon’s Arms)
-Lucifer by Dan Watters (Limbo, Assassin’s Creed comic series)
-Books of Magic by Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, An Unkindness of Magicians)

The new line will begin August 8, 2018 with The Sandman Universe #1, a one-shot story plotted by Gaiman and co-written by the four series writers. The issue will reintroduce the Sandman Universe and its characters, while establishing conflicts that will be examined in the monthly comic books., The Dreaming and House of Whispers will debut in September with Lucifer and Books of Magic hitting shelves in October.

 

Vertigo is helmed by Executive Editor Mark Doyle, who returned to Vertigo last year after over-site of the Batman group of titles for DC, bringing a new editorial voice to the beloved imprint.

Gaiman continues, “We have a chance to remind people how fun this universe is, and with the new editorial direction from Mark Doyle, I believe we may create just a bit more magic for years to come.”

“Vertigo changed my life,” states Doyle. “I found Vertigo at a time when I was bored with comics, then I read Sandman and my head exploded. Suddenly I saw all these endless storytelling possibilities. I knew I had to get into comics and I had to get into Vertigo. To return to the imprint and work with Neil Gaiman to expand the Sandman Universe—it’s honestly a dream come true.”

Indie comic convention Emerald City Comic Con will feature a Vertigo panel on Saturday, March 3, join the conversation to hear more about these new series.

Entertainment Weekly caught up with Gaiman to ask a few questions about The Sandman Universe. Read more HERE.

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American Gods Comic-Con Trailer

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Following their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, STARZ and FremantleMedia North America have released the first trailer for their upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods. Check out the American Gods Comic-Con trailer below!

The cast includes Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Laura Moon, Sean Harris (The Borgias) as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki (Aquarius) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr World, and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) as Low Key Lyesmith. Also appearing are Cloris Leachman (Malcom in The Middle, Raising Hope), Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break), Chris Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counselor), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) as Media, Mousa Kraish (Superbad, Fast & Furious), Orlando Jones (Madiba, Sleepy Hollow) as Mr. Nancy, and Kristin Chenoweth as Easter.

The plot of American Gods posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (The River, Kings) serve as writers and showrunners. David Slade (Hannibal, 30 Days of Night) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman.

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How Batman Made Me Fall In Love With Comic Books By Neil Gaiman

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Read An essay from Neil Gaiman’s The View From The Cheap Seats about Batman covers, with pictures of the covers in question. Check it out HERE.

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Vertigo To Release Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition This Fall

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Fans of Neil Gaiman have much to rejoice about this Fall as the New York Times bestselling author will release two spectacular collections in time for the holidays.

he Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition hardcover by Neil Gaiman and artistic luminary J.H. Williams III makes its debut this November. The collection will be comprised of the six previously released issues (look for issues #5 and #6 later this year), which tell the story of Dream before the events of The Sandman, including the spectacular gatefold featured in the first issue. In addition, there will be extra exclusive material including pages from the Special Editions, script pages, among others.

In this book, which Time Magazine calls “as weird and magic and dreamy as ever,” Gaiman expands upon the story that changed the landscape of modern comics 25 years ago. The Sandman: Overture features cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King’s siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny as well as the first appearance of Dream’s parents.

he Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition hardcover features a cover by JH Williams III and will be available November 11, 2015 in comic stores, November 17, 2015 everywhere books are sold.

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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances By Neil Gaiman

Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things—which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black Dog,” written exclusively for this volume.

In this new anthology, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances ($26) Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction—stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013—as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In Adventure Story—a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane—Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year—stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.

A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. Full of wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.

The 400 page book will be released on February 3, 2015.

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Sandman Writer Neil Gaiman Taking 6 Month Break On His Social-Media Accounts To Concentrate On Writing

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Author Neil Gaiman will temporarily bid adieu to his millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+ as he takes a break from social media to focus on his upcoming projects.

“I’ll be taking about six months off,” Gaiman told The Guardian, “a sabbatical from social media so I can concentrate on my day job: making things up.” The break starts this month.

In 2013 alone, Gaiman released two best-selling books: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” (named the National Book Award’s 2013 book of the year), and “Fortunately, the Milk.”

He also published a prequel comic “The Sandman: Overture,” not to mention guest writing episodes for the hit sci-fi TV show “Doctor Who” and his frequent book readings and tours.

It will be interesting to see how much more the prolific writer can accomplish when he’s not regularly tweeting.

“I feel that I’m getting too dependent on phones, on Twitter,” he told The Guardian. “It’s a symbiotic relationship. That instant ability to find things out, to share. I want to see what happens when I take some time off.”

Fans worried they’ll get the shakes from Gaiman withdrawals shouldn’t fret yet. While Gaiman will be absent from his official social-media channels, he still promises to keep everyone updated on his life occasionally through his personal blog at NeilGaiman.com.

“If you are used to hanging out with me on Tumblr or Twitter or Facebook, you are very welcome here,” Gaiman wrote on his blog. “Same me, only with more than 140 characters. It’ll be fun. Or it’ll be like watching someone giving up smoking.”

Reprinted from CNET

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Direct & Star In Sandman Film

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According to Deadline, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is finalizing a deal to produce Sandman at Warner Bros with David Goyer, who pitched his treatment for the Neil Gaiman comic book classic. 

It has been rumored that Gordon-Levitt might direct and star as the protagonist. They will hire a writer shortly.

The Sandman series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times.

Gordon-Levitt next stars in another seminal graphic novel-based film, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller helmed.

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Gallery Nucleus Presents A Handful of Dust 25 Years of Sandman Opening On November 23, 2013

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Gallery Nucleus is proud to present A Handful of Dust 25 Years of Sandman, an exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of DC Comics’ and Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed comic book series, The Sandman

With last month’s inaugural issue of Overture, the talented writer picks up the pen once more for his highly anticipated return to The Sandman in what may truly be a dream come true for fans of the franchise.

Hosting a storied collection of artists who have contributed to the groundbreaking narrative (including Mike Dringenberg, Dave McKean, J.H. Williams III, Marc Hempel, Michael Zulli, Yoshitaka Amano and more)—alongside tribute work from some other impressive talents!

A Handful of Dust will spotlight the characters, imagery and magic which breathed life into Neil Gaiman’s fantastic storytelling and helped drive the cult success of the series.

Coinciding with the release of Overture, Gallery Nucleus is privileged to partake in the continued history of Neil Gaiman’s enduring work during its 25th anniversary.

The opening reception will be on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 7PM until 10PM. The artwork will be on display from November 23rd until December 8, 2013.

Gallery Nucleus
210 E Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626)458-7477

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Sandman Paint Study by JH Williams III

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Dream by Marc Hempel

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A Conclave of The Endless by Michael Allred

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The King of All Night Dreaming by Yoshi

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Death by Dave McKean

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Death by Jill Thompson

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Death by Mike Dringenberg

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Dream Regains His Helm by Sam Keith

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The Sandman Omnibus Silver Edition Autographed By Neil Gaiman

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This stunning commemorative set celebrates the 25th anniversary of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Collecting all 75 issues of the groundbreaking series in two deluxe hardcover volumes, this omnibus edition features artwork from some of the industry’s greatest illustrators, including Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Kelley Jones, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, and Michael Zulli.

The unique features of the The Sandman Omnibus Silver Edition ($500) include an exquisitely illustrated slipcase, silver-finished covers, silver-gilded pages, and a Sandman art page personally signed by Neil Gaiman. Truly a work of art in its own right, this set is strictly limited to a single production run and each copy will ship numbered as one of only five hundred produced.

One of the most popular and critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time, The Sandman has set the standard for mature lyrical fantasy in graphic storytelling. The series is a rich blend of modern and ancient mythology in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, and this remarkable new edition is the ideal collectible for any Sandman fan.

Click here for more information and how to order one of your very own.

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Rolling Stone Q&A With Neil Gaiman About The Return of Sandman

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Twenty-five years after Neil Gaiman broke through with his classic series ‘The Sandman,’ DC’s Vertigo imprint is bringing it back in a limited run this fall.

“Well, one pretty obvious question that nobody actually asked when the comic book came out was basically why was the Sandman so easy to catch,” Gaiman says of deciding to go back to the beginning of the story now.

Click HERE to read the full Q&A at Rolling Stone. The Sandman: Overture # 1 arrives on Wednesday October 30, 2013.

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