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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's

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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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The Barnes & Noble Review
The Sandman: King of Dreams is a visually stunning tribute to Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking Sandman series. Written by Alisa Kwitney -- who was an assistant editor at DC Comics when Gaiman began redefining the comic book medium -- this insider’s guide includes hundreds of full-color illustrations by dozens of award-winning artists, behind-the-scenes stories, handwritten notes and candid quotes from Gaiman himself, and a detailed history of the Sandman saga from its unassuming beginning in 1987 to its historic place in the literary pantheon 15 years later.

The Sandman, which was the first (and only) comic book to win the prestigious World Fantasy Award, not only spawned a virtual subgenre of copycat graphic novels but also created one of the most diverse and zealous fan bases in the entire publishing industry. For anyone who has ever read one of the ten volumes of The Sandman, Gaiman’s surreal characters are ingrained in the subconscious: the Sandman and his six godlike Endless siblings; the Corinthian, an escaped dream with razor-toothed eyes; Hob Gadling, the Sandman’s unlikely friend; Matthew the Raven; and his enigmatic sister Death, to name but a few.

This lavishly illustrated tribute is a guaranteed instant treasure for any follower of the Sandman saga and a great introduction for those comic and fantasy fans that have yet to experience Gaiman’s dark and disturbing Dreaming universe -- a strikingly beautiful and insightful look into the complex, haunted character that is the Sandman. Paul Goat Allen

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)

Meet the Author

Alisa Kwitney is a former VERTIGO Comics editor and writer. The author of three novels, a graphic novel, and a work of nonfiction, she lives in New York City.

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times best-selling author of American Gods and Coraline. He is the recipient of numerous awards for The Sandman.

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