Neil Gaiman on the new Sandman comic

Author Neil Gaiman gives us a few more details about his first Sandman story in a decade.

Author Neil Gaiman is returning to one of his most famous works, The Sandman. It will be the first new story in a decade and he revealed to Wired that it’s been an idea he’s had for quite some time.

“It was a story in my head I called Sandman 0, and it was what happened just before Sandman 1 started,” he said. “It was a whole storyline you never knew about. It happens in 1914, 1915.

I talked with DC Comics about doing it 7 years ago for the 20th anniversary of Sandman. And we batted it about a bit. But their business department at that point wasn’t prepared to talk to me about doing Sandman on essentially any other terms than the ones when I signed my contract in 1987.

And the moment new people were running DC Comics, the first thing they did was come back to me and say ‘Ok, Sandman’s 25th anniversary, could we do that thing we were talking about for the 20th?’ And I said sure.”

Along with the buzz and excitement from loyal fans who have read the enire 75 issues and still want more, Gaiman is prepared for a backlash. “I’m imagining a hypercritical audience of roughly 50 million people going, ‘That’s not Sandman!’”

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