The Sandman: King of Dreamsby Alisa Kwitney, Neil Gaiman Published 01 Sep 2003
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The first and only comic book to receive the World Fantasy Award, The Sandman continues to break new ground in the comic book medium and beyond. Author Alisa Kwitney explores its beginnings and chronicles the comic's emergence as a unique and undeniable force in the literary world. Richly illustrated, this history shows how Gaiman and The Sandman's gifted artists, such as Dave McKean and Yoshitaka Amano, create a haunting (and haunted) main character who wields immense power. With illustrations never before published, behind-the-scenes stories, handwritten notes, and interviews with Gaiman himself, this volume is a true testament to the dream king and his creator.
"The Sandman: King of Dreams" Reviews
Its a nice book, but if I wanted a picture book of sandman I'd just go to my bookshelf and well...read the damn thing. That said its nicely done, and the text is ok for moving things along. No beef with anything, just "ok", nice easy reading. If you're really interested in the series, I'd strongly recommend the book by Hy Bender which is half synopsis/commentary and half interviews with Neil Gaiman.
It's like getting re-acquainted with an old friend.
You laugh at the sappy moments, cry at the happy ones. Nostalgic, you shed a tear as you realize how you had to bid farewell.
I think this book is perfect for what it is--basically a coffee-table companion book to The Sandman. It's not incredibly insightful or eye-opening or world-changing...but it is a highlight of some of the best parts of The Sandman with some interesting tidbits thrown in, surrounded by many cool sketches and drawings and pages from the comic itself.
And I don't think there's anything wrong with that--in fact, as should be obvious from the 5-star rating, I love it. I also love how there's more in-depth books such as Hy Bender's Sandman Companion, or how there's a collection of just the cover art in Dave McKean's Sandman Dust Covers, or how there's collections of essays in Joe Sanders' Sandman Papers.
This won't be for everyone, and it might not be what you're looking for, but if you want just a coffee-table book showcasing some of the Sandman's "greatest hits" of sorts, something that sort of summarizes the epic of Sandman as much as you can without actually just reading it...then this is probably the book.
And it's written by the assistant--Alisa Kwitney--to the original editor of the series--Karen Berger--and she's certainly the perfect choice, not only by her obviously-"insider"-info, but because she, too, is a great writer, and furthermore shows her incredible love and appreciation for what I consider to be the greatest comic book of all time.
Yeah, I liked it, even though it doesn't really contain anything new. *shrug*
A good collectible and read for serious fans of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series.
Still reading this as I reread my way through the Sandman stories, but I'm tired of having it show on my to-read list indefinitely.
The sections on early volumes are informative and interesting, with lots of information on earlier comics drawn on by Sandman and influences. I knew most of the mythology/literature side, but I picked up this companion because I wanted to know the comics side, which is from an era of comics I don't know much about.
Unfortunately, the companion doesn't maintain the same level of informative background material all the way through. Later volumes are covered with a basic summary of what happens in them, and several pages copied directly from Sandman. Which adds nothing to my understanding, thanks. There's some nifty artwork from other sources, but that's about it.
If the level of information stayed consistent all the way through, this would be a great companion. Instead, it has a few interesting chapters at the beginning, then loads of yawn-worthy rehashing. A pity.
From the fall of 1987 to the beginning of 1996, Neil Gaiman worked mostly on the “Sandman” series of comics, . . . which became trade book collections, and merchandise, and fannish websites, and spin-off books by other writers. Morpheus gave it all up in the end, but the readers haven’t. One of the best spin-offs is this overview, or commentary, or summation, of the series, from the first issue to the last, by one of the assistant editors with whom Gaiman worked. She’s gone on to other things, too, but she obviously can’t leave the Endless behind any more than the paying readers can. It’s nice to be able to revisit, all in one place, the wide range of artists who worked on the series and to read Gaiman’s brief comments on the origins of certain story arcs and the interconnections between others, not all of which were intentional. And, as Kwitney says, if you’ve picked up this book without having read about the Sandman, . . . well, now’s your chance.