Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Announces New Sandman Project

Perchance To Dream

At Comic Con International this week Neil Gaiman announced that he will collaborate with artist JH Williams III on a Sandman comic book mini-series. When Sandman #1 was published in 1988 it opened with Morpheus returning from somewhere far away, exhausted, and easily captured. This prelude story has never been told, until now.

Apparently a few years ago Gaiman was approached by DC Comics to write this story and it was referred to as Sandman Zero. Gaiman was under whelmed by the terms that DC was offering at the time, and unable to convince them to accept another deal, Gaiman passed on the project. But now Gaiman has announced that he will return to the Dream Realm once again, and this prequel story will finally be told.

The timing seems to be right for a new Gaiman comic book project. It will compliment DC Vertigo’s new Sandman paperback Slipcase Set, and a new collection of Gaiman’s comic book work in the Midnight Days Deluxe Edition release.

Official Press Release

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, then revealed that Gaiman is paired with artist, JH Williams III (BATWOMAN) for the series, who appeared on stage to an already stunned and elated crowd. THE SANDMAN mini-series will be published by Vertigo in 2013.

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.

“There’s nothing like a Neil Gaiman story,” said Berger, “and there’s nothing like having Neil back home on THE SANDMAN, his dark, soulful, literary epic that transformed comics and continues to captivate countless new readers year after year. Working with him again, and with JH Williams, the extraordinary and groundbreaking artist, is truly the stuff dreams are made of.”

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.

ABOUT THE SANDMAN:

With more than 7 million copies sold in nine different languages, Gaiman’s multi-volume magnum opus THE SANDMAN features literature’s most dysfunctional family—Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, Destiny and Dream. The critically acclaimed Vertigo fantasy series transformed the landscape of comics, helping to usher in an era of more compelling and sophisticated storytelling. Combining mythology and literature in an epic story, it is one of the most popular, groundbreaking, bestselling and award-winning comic books of the last twenty-five years. It has garnered nineteen Eisner and six Harvey Awards, and is the only comic book to win the World Fantasy Award. The original series ran 75 issues and has been collected in ten Volumes, five Absolute Editions (plus Absolute DEATH) and is now being collected in THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN. Other SANDMAN related titles include SANDMAN: Endless Nights, SANDMAN: The Dream Hunters, and SANDMAN Mystery Theatre.

ABOUT NEIL GAIMAN:

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times best-selling author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods and Stardust (winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award as one of 2000’s top novels for young adults) and the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish, both written for children. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.

ABOUT J. H. WILLIAMS:

Williams is the co-writer as well as the co-artist of the GLAAD Award-Winning title BATWOMAN for DC Comics-The New 52. A multiple Eisner Award-Winning artist, he has also received the Harvey, the Eagle, and the 2012 Reuben Award from the National Cartoonist’s Society. The acclaimed artist has also drawn PROMETHEA, DESOLATION JONES and other titles.

ABOUT DC ENTERTAINMENT:

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics  (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.  In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Disney Acquires Movie Rights to adapt Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book

The Jungle Book In A Graveyard

According to Deadline, Disney has acquired the rights to adapt  Neil Gaiman’s novel The Graveyard Book. Director Henry Selick (Coraline) will once again team-up with Gaiman to bring the best-selling children’s book to the big screen. The Graveyard Book, a Newbury Award winner, is something of a variation on The Jungle Book, only instead of having a boy raised by wolves, a young orphan is raised by ghosts in a graveyard.

Synopsis Follows:

It takes a graveyard to raise a child.Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.

American Gods On HBO

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO and Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions, are planning to run at least six seasons of American Gods, their TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning 2001 fantasy novel. It’s being reported that each season will have 10 to 12 hour-long episodes, with a budget between 30 to 40 million per season. This puts American Gods just a bit behind the epic fantasy Game of Thrones, which has an estimated budget of 50 to 60 million.

“There are some crazy things in there,” Playtone partner Gary Goetzman told the trade paper. “We’ll probably be doing more effects in there than it’s been done on a television series.”

American Gods offers the premise that deities and figures of myth and folklore exist only because people believe in them. In the book, an ex-convict named Shadow, has been released from prison after his wife is killed in a car crash, and is hired to be the bodyguard of a mysterious con man named Wednesday. However, it’s revealed that Wednesday is an incarnation of All-Father Odin, who’s traveling America to recruit other forgotten deities to wage an epic battle against the new American gods, which are  manifestations of modern life and technology, like the Internet, media and credit cards.

Gaiman, who will serve as an executive producer and writer on the show, said on his Twitter feed, “And for those asking, No, 6 years of American Gods on TV doesn’t mean just the 1st book. It means I need to write the 2nd now, for a start.”

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