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sandman bookends

Digital media may be considered one of the best things to happen to reading, but I’ve always had a need to own my favorite books in their original paper form. Plus, you have to admit that a good set of bookends really can highlight both your collection and your favorite stories.

If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, I’d think your Vertigo graphic novels would look very well framed by these Sandman and Death Bookends based on Mark Buckingham’s incredible art.

They’re currently available for pre-order with free shipping.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been working with David Goyer to bring The Sandman movie to the big screen and has shared a bit of the process in a recent interview with IGN/a>:

IGN: Should we take you tweeting the hashtag “Prelude” in relation to Sandman to mean what we think it means, that you’ll be adapting the “Preludes & Nocturnes” storyline that began the comic?

Gordon-Levitt: I honestly just wrote that as sort of a pun, because this tweet was a prelude to who knows what’s to come. Obviously “Prelude” is the title of the first issue, but… Yeah, nothing is cemented yet. But there’s so much potential in that material. It’s exciting

So that’s a confirmation and a denial in one breath! He went on to say a little about what drew him the project, and to Gaiman’s story in the first place:

The concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, personifying Destruction and Delirium and Destiny and Desire and Despair. I mean, that’s just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. You look at the art of Sandman, and it just looks spectacular. I love big, spectacular movies, but oftentimes big, spectacular movies sort of get stuck in a rut. They go down certain paths that end in big explosions or whatever. Sandman has so much opportunity to do something that’s on a grand, grand scale, but really unlike your average big, grand-scale, spectacular movie. I guess that’s the tip of the iceberg.

This is definitely sounding like it’s going to be good.

(via The Mary Sue)

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Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is coming to the big screen, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Goyer are set to produce the film. Yes, there’s a lot of yay happening in that sentence.

I think it will be tricky to capture a solid portrayal of The Sandman in a single film, but if Gaiman helps out as a consultant or something, I feel okay about the decision. Though, if I’m going to be honest, I’d rather see a movie focusing on Death. I imagine she will at least make an appearance.

As far as who will play Morpheus? Gordon-Levitt may star as the protagonist and also direct the movie. That’s a lot of hats.

(Deadline via GAS)

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Late October brings Halloween, and this year it also brings the release of The Sandman: Overture. The series is a prequel to the phenomenal comics by Neil Gaiman, and it will be released every other month. Illustrator J.H. Williams III will be bringing Gaiman’s word to life in the six issue mini series, and I can’t wait to see and read it. The New York Times has revealed the surreal and lovely cover of the first issue. It needs to be a massive print that I can hang on my wall.

(NY Times via TMS)

I’ve often stopped to stare at the trade paperback covers of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. They were created by the crazy talented Dave McKean, but I never paused to think about how they were made. You see, these covers are from the days before Photoshop. They aren’t made from layers of digital images, they’re built up with actual objects.

McKean created the collages as three dimensional dioramas. As Gaiman said:

They really were that size: paintings and assemblages that Dave would take to get photographed, and send the transparency to DC Comics to use as a cover.

Seeing how they were constructed makes me want to get out my trades and take a closer look.
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