10 Unanswered Questions in The Sandman

October 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm (Articles / Interviews) (, , , )

Warning: a fair bit of gushing and spoilers about the Sandman.

In The Sandman, one will find plenty more questions than answers. Like Cain once told Abel – it’s the mystery that keeps people interested, not the secret behind it.

Outside of the series’ original 75-issue run however, writer Neil Gaiman has taken the opportunity to reveal just a few of the secrets behind the mysteries.  If you want to know why Dream is always in conflict with Desire (besides the fact that they’re both douchey to each other), you’ll find out in The Heart of a Star, published as part of the Sandman 10th Anniversary special Endless Nights, that Desire once caused one of Dream’s lovers to betray him. If you want to know why Death decided to take human form once every hundred years, you’d have to read A Winter’s Tale, originally published as part of Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #2.

The Sandman: Overture, which marks Gaiman’s first new Sandman story in a looong while (and the first Sandman story to be drawn by the awesome HG Williams III), will be answering a question that was never overtly stated, but has sort of floated discreetly behind the ongoing action.

In the start of the series, Dream of the Endless was captured by humans and imprisoned. But Dream, being of the Endless, is mightier than gods and demons. So how the hell does he find himself encased in a glass globe?

In Brief Lives, we get the only clue as to why – Dream is shown to have emerged from a far away galaxy, “in triumph”, but “tired beyond reckoning and tried beyond all endurance” – weak enough to then be caught by a bunch of human cultists. Which begs the question, what in the Vertigo universe can possibly weaken a member of the Endless?

The first of The Sandman: Overture’s six issues is already out.

Before reading it, here are just a few of the other Sandman questions that have remained unanswered. Read the rest of this entry »

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Walking with the Dream King

August 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm (Articles / Interviews) (, , , )

So there’s going to be a new Sandman story. When I found out, back during the height of SDCC 2012, I went into my head and did a little happy dance because it meant I’d get to see Morpheus again.

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Morpheus isn’t like Batman, or Harry Potter, wherein you expect to run into them on a regular basis, or they’ve so saturated culture that you know they’ll never be too far away. He’s more like Number Ten Ox and Li Kao, or Totoro – he has a canon with a distinct beginning and end, and is rarely seen outside of it. Read the rest of this entry »

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The ones I’ll be mourning

June 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm (Articles / Interviews) (, , , , , , )

Ray Bradbury is dead. Because ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ and ‘The Halloween Tree’ are a firm part of my childhood, I mourn. His death has me thinking about all those other writers, artists, whatevers, we admire from afar – people whose works we grow up with, or at least grow older with.

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When they die, we mourn. It’s not like they’re family, or friends. If you’re really lucky, you got to meet them once or twice. Maybe you got to shake their hand at a convention, or they replied to your fan mail. Maybe you got to interview them for an article, or work on their movie set, or act out their play. You may or may not ever get to tell them just how much their work has affected you, and how much their creations are part of the background of your personal psychological landscape. But when they die, you mourn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today in random shit: In My Mind

February 22, 2012 at 8:17 am (Random Shit) (, , , )

Been listening to this song a lot over the last two weeks. It is now a contender for “2012 personal theme song.”

By Amanda (fucking) Palmer, who I first got to know as The Wife of Neil Gaiman.

 

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Neil Gaiman on writing

January 27, 2012 at 7:24 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , , )

Originally published in the Philippine Online Chronicles (April 2010). Neil Gaiman talks about being a journalist, speculative fiction, and which of his characters he’d rather be stuck with on a deserted island.

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Aspiring writers in the Philippines always face an uphill climb. There are entire worlds to be written out – stories, comics, or maybe poetry or opinions, but writing (as with most other art forms) is notoriously impractical to pursue, given that it is not very lucrative as a profession.

So when British fantasy, horror, and science-fiction writer Neil Gaiman visited the Philippines to announce the winners of the 3rd Graphic/Fiction Awards he co-sponsors with Fully Booked, the Philippine Online Chronicles (POC) took the chance to ask him what he had to say to those who have always wanted to get into writing.

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