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[San Diego Comic-Con ’12] It’s Freakin’ Official! Neil Gaiman Is Writing New ‘Sandman’ Series

It was rumored earlier today, and now, it is with great pleasure that I say Neil Gaiman has officially announced that he will be writing a brand new “Sandman” series, alongside stellar artist J.H. Williams III. See the video from Neil Gaiman, the artwork, and the press release below for more details. This is big.

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.



  • David Harley

    I have a feeling this will be the best news to come out of Comic-Con this year, and I’m A-OK with that.

  • Lonmonster

    My favorite writer and my favorite artist doing my favorite character. I don’t think I could ask for much more from Comic-Con this year.

  • lucie-with-a-gun

    still waiting for a neil gaiman sandman series on film.
    do not understand how this is still not a reality.

    • Lonmonster

      It’s been an on and off project for a while. It’s a HUGE series with a lot of content. Probably one of the hardest adaptations anyone could tackle. Think of how hard it must have been to make Watchmen into a film, and that’s only one book. Sandman is a much larger universe. I think if we ever do see it adapted, it would have to be a TV series, and at that, hopefully it would be on a network with the ability to pull it off like AMC, BBC, or HBO.

      • Nothing333

        It would have to be a series no ifs ands or buts about it. The story might actually be until able as I believe the series is in the medium it was meant to be in, comic form. Adapting it to film might not translate well at all.

        • Nothing333

          Until able= unfilmable.

          • Lonmonster

            Agreed. It’s perfect as a comic.

  • Nothing333

    This project leaves me feeling two ways. In one way the Sandman worshiping fanboy screams with delight at Gaiman doing another story. The other way has that fanboy feeling that the saga is perfect as is and another story might cheapen the story if it disappoints. Either way it’s happening and I’ll be there.

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