Saturday, December 20, 2008

Look What I Just Got! The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 Hardcover!!!

Jahfurry, you've outdone yourself once again. I can't believe what I just received in the mail: THIS!

For you n00bz who don't know, Neil Gaiman is one of the most prolific writers/story-magicians of our lifetime; and The Sandman series is one of his most celebrated works. It's a comic book series from Vertigo, published as a monthly serial; this hardcover volume that I now proudly own is the collection of the first twenty issues.

This is also amazingly timely, because just last month I attended the CBLDF (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund - event celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Sandman. The event featured talented voice actors performing selected scenes from the books while the pages were projected on-screen, something I've never seen done before and REALLY enjoyed. Gaiman also humored us with a Q & A afterwards, and shared an off-the-record new book that will be coming out very soon. On that same note, you really should check out the CBLDF, because they put on ridiculously marvelous events just like this ALL THE TIME. Go to the website, become a member...donate!

Anyway, if you can't reach me for the next few weeks it's because I'm hunched over this beauty. Happiness!

Click "Read More" for a bit of the lazy-man's summary (Wikipedia) of Gaiman's The Sandman series.


The Sandman's main character is Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, who is essentially the anthropomorphic personification of dreams. At the start of the series, Morpheus is captured by an occult ritual and held prisoner for 70 years. Morpheus escapes in the modern day and after revenging himself upon his captors, sets about rebuilding his kingdom, which has fallen into disrepair in his absence. Gaiman himself has summarized the plot of the series (in the foreword to Endless Nights) as "The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision."

The character's initially haughty and often cruel manner begins to soften after his years of imprisonment at the start of the series, but the challenge of undoing past sins and changing old ways is an enormous one for a being who has been set in his ways for billions of years. In its beginnings, the series was a very dark horror comic. Later, the series evolves into an elaborate fantasy series, incorporating elements of classical and contemporary mythology, ultimately placing its protagonist in the role of a tragic hero.

The story-lines primarily take place in the Dreaming, Morpheus's realm, and the waking world, with occasional visits to other domains, such as Hell, Faerie, Asgard, and the domains of the other Endless. Many used the contemporary United States of America and the United Kingdom as a backdrop. The DC Universe was the official setting of the series, but well-known DC characters and places were rarely featured after 1990, with one exception: Lyta Hall, formerly Fury of the 1980s super-team Infinity Inc., figures prominently in the "Kindly Ones" story arc. Various characters from the series did appear in other DC Universe comics however, including an appearance by Daniel during Grant Morrison's JLA run. Most of the storylines take place in modern times, but many short stories are set in the past, taking advantage of the immortal nature of many of the characters, and deal with historical individuals and events.

For the full Wikipedia article, click here.


Eric Orchard said...

That is so incredibly beautiful. I feel a deep pang of honest to goodness envy. Good for you. Hope you're feeling better.

Jamison said...

Funny you should post this. I was going through my Absolute editions earlier today and noticed the paper flaking off of the slipcase at the top of the box. I'm hoping I can keep it in check, but I'm a little miffed at dropping as much as I did on that beast and having it already falling apart on me. I don't think I'll be buying any more of these Absolute editions from DC.

Billzilla said...

I got one of those.. perhaps last year? Phenominally good edition.

kimberly ann josephine said...

how come we never run into each other randomly in brooklyn? holy shit i love sandman and am jealous as hell. i just reread them all this summer while feeding them to someone who had never read them-- believe this is the way to do it for a sandman reread, i recommend it. peace, lady.

Jesse Ball said...

That looks pretty sweet. I still haven't scratched the surface of my Absolute Watchmen yet and I got it for Christmas three years ago!

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