Meet the Endless, a family of immortals that govern all aspects of life and death throughout the universe. However, one of theirown lays captured--Dream, the Lord of Sleep. As Dream makes his escape and returns to his duties after 70 years of imprison-ment, he encounters countless characters from myth, legend and comics, from Lucifer himself to the tragic Greek hero Orpheusto the HELLBLAZER John Constantine.
New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo titleand one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyondlife and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.
About the Author
Date of Birth:November 10, 1960
Place of Birth:Portchester, England
Education:Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77
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There are things I absolutely love about The Annotated Sandman, and things I am enormously disappointed with. I am hugely disappointed with the lack of commentary on most pages, especially as this was sold as Gaiman's way of jotting down his reasons for writing The Sandman, and his driving inspirations for the stories. Given what a landmark series The Sandman was and what an influence it continues to be, I expected more profound notes than the history of British rock bands or song lyrics to show tunes. I would much rather have had in-depth commentaries from Gaiman, the artists and the rest of the creative team. Instead, we are left with an enormous amount of blank pages with no comments whatsoever. There are also a plethora of page where "In Issue --, this page was followed by an ad page" is the only commentary listed. Powerful stuff, I know. If you are buying this edition for stellar commentary and insight into the creative process, the characters and the world itself, you will be highly disappointed. What I LOVE about this volume, is that it is presented entirely in black and white. The uncolored pages are absolutely gorgeous and add a whole new layer of depth and emotion to the story. I find it interesting that so many of the reviews I have read elsewhere are put off more by the lack of colorization than the trivial (and often absent) annotations. I could never get the hang of the lat 80's-early 90's style of coloring and always considered it a bit on an eyesore. (I know this is how things were done in that age due to printing limitations, etc, but it has still always been a turnoff for me personally). Seeing the Endless, especially Dream and Death, rendered this way, almost makes it feel as though this is how the stories should've been presented in the first place. It is beautiful, and it is haunting in a way that the bold, stark colors are not. I can't wait to see future issues (Season of Mists, The Kindly Ones and Michael Zulli's visually stunning The Wake, in particular) rendered in this stark style. On a side note: Readers may want to be careful with the pages when thumbing through this book. The black paper is highly absorbent and shows fingertip oils very very easily.
I'm going slowly with the reading. It's a big book, difficult to handle and with so much detail that it has to be digested in small chunks. First impressions: when I read about its imminent publication, mention was made of a panel-by-panel annotation. It's not. Of course, not every panel has something interesting to note but, nevertheless, I feel the annotation tends to be uneven. There's a lot having to do with DC antecedents and referents which perhaps are of interest to specialists. Gaiman is very helpful with clarifications coming directly from him or from the scripts. If you have the Absolute edition, the colour will be sorely missed. As it stands, imagine the comic book in black and white, opened flat, with wide, black margins attached left and right where the annotations go. Klinger provides a commentary which sometimes I find banal and other times over my head (sending you to search for information elsewhere). I would recommend as a companion The Sandman Papers edited by Joe Sanders and published by Fantagraphics. All in all, and because books about books are one of my favourites, I will complete the collection as it is published