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Gaiman's new 'Sandman' promised for October

AFP   July 03, 2013
First Published: 11:57 IST(3/7/2013) | Last Updated: 12:17 IST(3/7/2013)

Neil Gaiman will return to the graphic novel with "The Sandman: Overture," with the new series's first issue due in print and in digital formats on October 30.


A new issue will appear every two months, while special editions will be published in the off-months and are to include original scripts, concept art, sketches, and Q&A sections among their extra materials.

Established DC Comics artist J.H. Williams III was especially well-praised for his work on Alan Moore's "Promethea" and will provide illustrations for the run, while original "Sandman" cover artist Dave McKean will make his own contributions.

Main character Morpheus is once again central to events, with Gaiman describing "Overture" as "the one story that we never got to tell."

"In Sandman #1 Morpheus is captured somehow. Later on in the series, you learn he was returning from somewhere far, far away -- but we never got to the story of what he was doing and what had happened. This is our chance to tell that story, and J.H. Williams III is drawing it. It's the most beautiful thing in the world."

The original "Sandman" cemented Gaiman's growing reputation as a writer and was published in 1989 -- a year before "Good Omens," a collaboration with Terry Pratchett, proving his credentials away from the graphic novel genre.

"American Gods" arrived in 2001, and "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" most recently in May 2013, while a host of children's fiction includes "Coraline," later a major animated feature.

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