The Sandman: King of Dreams

The Sandman: King of Dreams

by Alisa Kwitney
     
 

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The first and only comic book to receive the World Fantasy Award, The Sandman continues to break new ground in the comic book medium and beyond. Author Alisa Kwitney explores its beginnings and chronicles the comic's emergence as a unique and undeniable force in the literary world. Richly illustrated, this history shows how Gaiman and The Sandman'sSee more details below

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The first and only comic book to receive the World Fantasy Award, The Sandman continues to break new ground in the comic book medium and beyond. Author Alisa Kwitney explores its beginnings and chronicles the comic's emergence as a unique and undeniable force in the literary world. Richly illustrated, this history shows how Gaiman and The Sandman's gifted artists, such as Dave McKean and Yoshitaka Amano, create a haunting (and haunted) main character who wields immense power. With illustrations never before published, behind-the-scenes stories, handwritten notes, and interviews with Gaiman himself, this volume is a true testament to the dream king and his creator.

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Library Journal
This guidebook to Neil Gaiman's celebrated "Sandman" series, written by one of the series' editors, includes commentary on the series and excerpts from many of its stories, along with promotional artwork, some early conceptual sketches, and other bits of background material, including a smattering of comments from Gaiman himself. The artwork is impressive, and Kwitney's appreciation of the series is heartfelt. But the book feels like an ill-conceived CD box set by a great band: not enough "best-of" material to satisfy the casual fan and not enough outtakes, rarities, or remixes to satisfy the committed one; insufficient introduction and explanation in the liner notes to enlighten the novice, nor enough insight and criticism to enliven the expert. Hy Bender's The Sandman Companion (Vertigo, 1999), which includes extensive interviews with Gaiman, is a much more in-depth analysis, though it lacks color illustrations. Despite its disappointments, this is an attractive volume, recommended for larger collections and anywhere "Sandman" is exceptionally popular. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811835923
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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