Sandman Visits the Beat Staff Pull for 7/22/15

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After powering down from Comic-Con team Beat needed a nap…or twelve. While we were away, the team continued to see visions of none-other-than Wesley Dodds, the original Sandman creeping through hallways at the Stately Beat Manor in which Team Beat takes residence. We tried to brush it off at first and stick to our legions […]

New Line to take over Vertigo adaptations

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Creating a shared universe on-screen is tough work, especially if you’re starting at the ground-level like Warner Bros is doing with their DC Comics properties. Currently the studio has nine films currently either in production or in pre-production stages, which are slated to establish the DC Cinematic Universe (The Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg, etc…). With […]

Entertainment Round-Up: Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles premieres, Joseph Gordon-Levitt provides Sandman update, Ant-Man to debut 6 minute preview ahead of IMAX Jurassic World

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A few headlines of note this Monday afternoon

24 Hours of International Comics: Britain and Sandman Overture

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“Sandman Overture” By Nick Eskey Okay, perhaps not a British comic, but seeing as “Sandman” was written by a British man, and is in English, its good enough for me. Outside of the comic spectrum, Neil Gaiman has published a number of best-selling books such as “American Gods” (one of my personal favorites), “Coraline” and […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David S. Goyer and a guy named Gaiman are making a Sandman movie

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Oi vey! My heart! Gotta sit down. The long, long LOOOOOOONG rumored Sandman movie is underway yet again, this time with Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to produce. Deadline had the details but JGL tweeted his involvement: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN. #Prelude — […]

Sandman Overture Delayed until 2014

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With the first issue out, Sandman Overture’s second issue has been pushed back until next year by DC. Planned to be released bimonthly, it appears that creative delays will hold back the next issue until 2014.

31 Days of Halloween SE: The Sandman is back today in SANDMAN OVERTURE #1

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He’s back. And he’s being written by his rightful author. The Sandman, one of the most beloved and groundbreaking characters in comics history, the moody member of the Endless who made it safe to be a goth in comics and secured Neil Gaiman as one of the greatest living mythmakers, is returning in a 25th Anniversary […]

Sandman’s 25th Anniversary celebrated at the Cartoon Art Museum

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With the 25h Anniversary of The Sandman coming up and a NEW Sandman prequel on the way, SF’s Cartoon Art Museum has just announced a retrospective exhibit of more than 75 pieces of original art from the seminal fantasy series. The show will run October 5, 2013 – March 16, 2014, with details of the […]

SDCC’13: The Sandman 25th Anniversary Panel

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By Nicholas Eskey Almost 25 years ago, a comic book that really didn’t look, read, or follow the other hero laden stories that were more in circulation hit local store shelves. Its main character didn’t look like any of the flying, spandex wearing beings that saved damsels in distress and diverted near-world-apocalypses. In January of […]

Flip Me, Dave McKean’s Returned to Sandman

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Neil Gaiman and JH William III‘s prelude series Sandman: The Overture is likely going to be a very big presence over the next few months, but one of the most exciting parts of their revival of Gaiman’s classic Vertigo series is that original cover artist Dave McKean will be returning for a new run. True […]

SDCC ’13: Dave McKean is covering the Souvenir Book

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Toucan, the San Diego Comic-Con’s official blog, unveiled Dave McKean’s Sandman cover for the souvenir books, aka that nice looking thing you get in your Big Bang Theory giant swag bag. Sandman, the Neil Gaiman version which McKean drew the covers for, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, one of several topic the Souvenir […]

SANDMAN in development as a TV show

Set your TiVo for the Dream King! After years of limbo for a proposed SANDMAN movie, the hugely popular Neil Gaiman fantasy comics series is now in development as a TV series, THR reports. Warners is trying to get the property going, with Supernatural producer Eric Kripke, on the short list to develop.

It’s Good To Be the Dream King: Part Two

I was moving an exercise machine – The Total Gym -down to the basement on the sly. My wife and I had discussed moving it from our bedroom – she wanted to keep it there and I wanted to move it to the basement. So, of course I moved the machine behind her back.

Now, the thing weighs about 90 pounds and has ropes and pulleys so it’s awkward to carry. As I wrestled with it coming down the stairs, I missed the last step, and landed on my left ankle. As I went crashing to the ground, the Total Gym followed and came down on my chest…just as my wife was turning the corner. She screamed thinking I had died. When she realized that her idiot of a husband was alive, she started yelling at me for being an ass for carrying it down on my own and reminded me she didn’t want it moved at all. Even though the machine was still on my chest, my wife was crying and yelling, and my ankle hurt like hell and was ballooning up to the size of Schwarzenegger’s bicep, all I could think was; “Shit, the Neil Gaiman book is coming out soon – I have too much to do.” Then I asked my wife for an Advil.

2003 turned out to be an important year, for me and for graphic novels. DC Comics was publishing a BIG book, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: Endless Nights. It was Neil’s return to Sandman comics and it was not a collection of comics, but an original graphic novel. There was the idea floating around the office that maybe, with Neil’s success with his novels and the fact that American Gods had hit the New York Times Bestseller List, we could have a bestseller on our hands. It was of a dream of mine, to have one of our graphic novels become a best seller.

It’s Good To Be The Dream King – Part One

I have been writing these in chronological order, but from now on I’m going to channel Lost by doing a flash forward, a flash sideways, a flashback or maybe even a flash dance – whatever suits me. By their sheer brilliance The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen and Maus all pushed the potential and the acceptance […]