“The most peculiar thing for me about returning to ‘Sandman’ is how familiar it all feels,” Mr. Gaiman said. What is new, however, is the level of attention. “When I was writing ‘Sandman’ from 1987 to 1996, I never had the feeling at any point that approximately 50 million people were looking over my shoulder scrutinizing ever word.” (Mr. Gaiman has about two million followers on Twitter.)

For the six-issue “The Sandman: Overture,” Mr. Gaiman has been paired with J.H. Williams III, an illustrator known for his moody imagery and innovative page layouts. “They are the most beautiful pages I have ever seen in periodical comics,” Mr. Gaiman said. “I ask him to do the impossible, and he gives me back more than I asked for.”

+ Vertigo, a DC Comics Brand, Is Rebuilding With 6 New Series

You put one word after another

“All fiction is a process of imagining: whatever you write, in whatever genre or medium, your task is to make things up convincingly and interestingly and new. And when you’ve an idea - which is, after all, merely something to hold on to as you begin - what then? Well, then you write. You put one word after another until it’s finished - whatever it is.”
Neil Gaiman

+ Neil Gaiman on fantasy offering refuge in times of flux

+ Gaiman's New 'Ocean' Is No Kiddie Pool

+ Neil Gaiman prepares for social media 'sabbatical'

+ Neil Gaiman's Guardian Books podcast: Weird London and the future for writers

sxsw musings

The progressive intensity of my social anxiety and the fact that I don't give a fuck about new music means I don't care about South By Southwest but alas, it is UNAVOIDABLE on Twitter. Thus I ran into this:

+ "Usher joined The Afghan Whigs onstage at the Fader Fort last night atSXSW two minutes into a cover of “Climax”

I have a strong belief that Rock music would benefit from cool colaborations as this. Also, I dream of a Tori Amos duet album and of a Michael Stipe duet with U2 as a band in one of their albums. To combine those two sort of, I also dream of one day fucking hearing the Tori/Stipe duet. I'm going to harras them on twitter until I get an answer.

+ Neil was at SXSW [1] [2]  
+ The new adaptation of "NEVERWHERE" has started 
+ Neil reading from his new book

book.The Annotated Sandman


+ Checking out The Annotated Sandman, volume 1
+ 'The Annotated Sandman' gives new insight into Gaiman series

I have all the Absolute Sandman books (that is, until DC got greedy and came out with one more I'm not going to get). Anyways, I really like the shape of this book, bigger than i imagined. I love annotations. The Anottated Lolita is brilliant. Speaking of Nabokov, there's a new Poetry book from him coming out this year, looking forwards to it. 

I know that I should let you fade but there's that box and there's your name

text: Neil Gaiman. Photo.

+ Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman -- Live from New York City
Gettin' Wet with Sara Benincasa: NEIL GAIMAN + AMANDA PALMER
+ Beat on the Street: Who Needs Love When There’s Amanda Palmer Cartoon Recaps?
Amanda sings The Cure's "In Between Days"
+ Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer at Chapters: "Fake Plastic Trees"
Thanks [R], for the post inspiration.

Death and all her friends


Give me a good ending any time. You know where you are with an ending.
The Sandman: The Kindly Ones, Neil Gaiman

THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 4 comes out next month and concludes that whole thing (my second favorite story arc is included in this volume). At this point I'm more excited for The Compleat Death Deluxe Edition. I cherished the first printing hardcover of "The High Cost of Living" but such is life that I no longer have it. I never bought it again and it goes to show you that if you wait long enough...

"Gaiman's three-part series Death: The High Cost of Living was released by DC in February 1993, and was the single best-selling title for 'mature readers' ever, with the first issue alone selling over 300,000 copies."

The Sandman # 62

John Cale: Dying on The Vine/Live 

+ Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Death Is Not the End
+ Who Killed Dream of the Endless?
+ Neil Gaiman Weighs Possible ‘1602,’ ‘Dr. Strange’ Movies
+ Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book Video Tour
+ Neil Gaiman Writing ‘Batman’ As We Speak

Addicted to Drugs in a Criminal Sidedish Cage

from Apple Volume 2

+ Arcade Fire - My Body Is A Cage [Live At L'Olympia]
+ Ben Folds ft Regina Spektor "You don't Know Me" @ Conan O'Brien
+ Ray Lamontagne: One Lonesome Saddle, Meg White

@ Patrick Tsai via Professional Dreamer

[ Kaiser Chiefs: Addicted To Drugs, Oh My God/Live ]


+ Fiona Apple with Nickel Creek: Criminal , Fast As You Can, Limp, Waltz (Better Than Fine).
+ The Ronnie Mund Show / Ronnie calls Hotheaded Tough Guy

don't ask me why. by ~Moosiatko

+ Rachael Yamagata, 'Sidedish Friend'


+ 2 Candidates, 2 Comics
+ Politifact Truth-O-Meter
+ The Jed Report
+ While waiting for the debate to start, I was channel surfing and ran into this show on PBS: Docubloggers, #119 "Duty".

"Hardship makes the world obscure." 
- Don Delillo

source 1, 2

+ Fanmix: Nobody Has to Stay (Iron Man, Pepper/Rhodey)
+ All-Stars: How does the Miller/Lee Batman stack up to the Morrison/Quitely Superman?
+ 10 Questions with Neil Gaiman
+ Being a reading of the first chapter of Neil's new book:

+ BILLY THE KID: trailer
+ The Wachowskis: From "2001" to "The Godfather" to "The Matrix"
+ Wong Kar-wai’s Phoenix Project, Rising at Last
+ All dressed up and with no fake id to use. Poor gossip girls
+ Frag Doll Fridays: PAX 08

tell me that you love me more


1234 by ~duhitsmia + Feist - 1234 Acoustic Live

+ Olga Nunes - A Dream Of Gardens. Lyrics by Neil Gaiman
+ Rachel Haught- The Stars
+ Santogold StandardSantogold's performance at The FADER 51 video
+ Voxtrot @ Webster Hall ( I suggest you click on "Ghost")
+ Lightspeed Champion concert teaser
+ Radiohead: The Best Of DVD is out. What's your favorite video? Its either "Just" or "Street Spirit (Fade Out) " for me.
+ Coldplay performing "Viva La Vida" at the MTV Movie Awards
+ "nerdgirls of the world unite 1"
+ Ok, you want to dance for a minute of two: Crystal Castles, David Guetta + Chris Willis "Love is Gone", The Ting Tings.
+ Laura Marling - Cross Your Fingers/ Crawled Out Of The Sea
+ Mason Jennings @ Daytrotter
+ galacticasitrep: Skippity Bee Bop
+ Introducing Qore
+ PRACTICE SPACE - Lightspeed Champion

Lucifer Morningstar was a Bad Angel


I move from dreamer to dreamer, from dream to dream, hunting for what I need. Slipping and sliding and flickering through dreams; and the dreamers will wake and wonder why this dream seemed different, wonder how real their lives can truly be.

[ Rufus Wainwright: Evil Angel ]


When I was fifteen I was looking through half priced comics at an old (mysterious in a Stephen King sort of way) bookstore when I found and bought the issue seen here. Having been brought up in a religious home I was freaked out by having a comic with Satan himself. Never mind the daemons doing it and other terrors contained within. So I had to hide it. I figured, when I'm older maybe this story will make sense and back I went to X-Men and Batman comics. No more of these "Suggested for Mature Readers" comics for me since I was afraid of getting in trouble for having them. This meant that for a few years I had no idea how this story began or how it ended. My resolution to wait until I was older didn't last long because I was fascinated by Dream, Death and the whole family and when I was on a vacation trip ( a year later and away from adult supervision) I bought the newest issue I could find ( part 1 of the "Brief Lives" storyline) and started reading it monthly. And the rest is history. The rest being me insisting that my two favorite High School teachers would read and recognize how good Sandman was. I don't think I got them to read Sandman but I did get Mrs. Hotard to read "The Dark Knight Returns". A great victory in my eyes. One day she's teaching us "The Stranger", the next I'm teaching her about Frank Miller's brilliant Post-Modern Regan Era Anxiety filtering of the myth of Batman.

Powells:"The first book I read was Season of Mists, which remains my favorite for reasons both sentimental and aesthetic. Kwitney notes that this is one of the more popular volumes, largely for its accessible and compelling storyline. This is also the first story in which the Endless appear in their entirety, and the first time Morpheus begins to regret the decisions he has made in the past. Confronted with his own cruelty, Morpheus journeys to Hell to free the lover he'd confined there, only to be handed the key to the realm by Lucifer, who has decided to retire. "

"Would the Lord of hell destroy his realm? Would the Lord of hell ever free the souls held in torment? Would the Lord of hell expel the never-born? Would the Lord of hell abandon the war with heaven?"

"The Lord of hell will do what he damn well likes."

[ Booth And The Bad Angel: Dance Of The Bad Angels ]

Previously....... [ Absolutely ]

+ Dave McKean Links

/ love is an overwhelming currency /

| ~arlenephotography

[ love is an overwhelming currency: a mix ]

When we hold each other, in the darkness, it doesn't make the darkness go away. The bad things are still out there. The nightmares still walking. When we hold each other we feel not safe, but better.'It's all right' we whisper, 'I'm here, I love you.' and we lie: 'I'll never leave you.' For just a moment or two the darkness doesn't seem so bad.
Neil Gaiman

"And the rest is rust and stardust..."

One of the prized books on my shelf, a signed first printing of Stardust signed by Neil with a drawing of a Luna in it. Neil is awesome. Are you going to go see the movie or What!

+ NPR: A Magical Fairy Tale Hits the Big Screen

[ Maude Maggart - Stardust ]

And the rest is rust and stardust. --Nabokov.


Sandman [Dreams] Absolute


Tori Amos - Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This (live)

I was reading this story about how the Absolute Edition of Sandman is due early at comic book stores, so I decided to check Amazon and they already have it in stock! Hot damn.

+ CrankyGeeks with special guest Neil
+ Neil Gaiman's busy year / Neil Gaiman reads"The Day the Saucers Came"
+ Sandman annotations
+ First images of Absolute Sandman
+ Another book I'm looking forwards to this month is FABLES: 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL

[ Every Time I Try ]

Photo Credit

[ Spain - Every Time I Try ]

"It makes you so vulnearble. It opens your chest and it opens your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up these defenses. You build up this armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life... You give them a piece of you. They don't ask for it. They do something like kiss you, or smile at you, and your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so a simple 'maybe we should just be friends' or 'how perceprtive' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-of-you-and rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not Love."   Neil Gaiman

Neil Notes { September }

Notes on Marvel 1602 #1 | Endless Nights Preview

Writer Neil Gaiman talks about the biggest secret in comics, 1602..

1602 Review - Entertainment Weekly
From the September 5th Entertainment Weekly:
The year is...well, 1602. Dr. Strange and Nicholas Fury are advisers to the embattled Queen of England, mutantkind has been targeted by the Spanish Inquisition, and Peter Parquagh is a budding young adventurer who thinks spiders are neat. Transporting Marvel characters to an alternate Renaissance is a nifty high concept. Fortunately, with erudite scribe Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) at the helm, there's nothing gimmicky (or pretentious) about it. Rendered rich and dark by artists Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove, and accessible to those who don't know X-Men from eczema, 1602 is a triumph. The Marvel universe hasn't been this engrossing in ages. Literally. A
--Jeff Jensen
Via, the dreaming