Friday, October 25, 2013

The Sandman Cometh

A beloved story from the 80s is about to get the prequel treatment. And, hopefully, not in a Star Wars 1-3 kind of way.

I don't care if you have nightmares.
In 1989, Neil Gaiman launched the landmark series Sandman, telling the story of Dream, one of the most unique and enigmatic heroes in fiction. Also known as Morpheus, Dream is one of of 7 "endless"…the living embodiments of ideas/behavior/emotions of living things. His siblings are Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium (previously Delight), and Destruction. The original run is breathtaking, alongside such seminal work as Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns.

Next week, the first of a limited run of prequel stories will launch. And it should be epic. Time will tell. Until then, check out this fantastic interview Gaiman gave to Rolling Stone on why he was willing to risk going back to his Sandman story,  how tea influences his writing, and what it means to be "critic proof." (thanks for the link, @mattlumpkin!)

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