Author to pen comicbook miniseries based on landmark title

Neil Gaiman is returning to “The Sandman,” a decade after closing the book on the graphic novel and influencing how the comicbook community tells stories.

The author will pen a comicbook miniseries based on the title; DC Entertainment’s Vertigo will publish the books next year to celebrate “The Sandman’s” 25th anniversary.

J.H. Williams III (DC’s “Batwoman”) will illustrate the books, which will be available day-and-date in print and on digital platforms.

“There’s nothing like a Neil Gaiman story,” said Karen Berger, executive editor of Vertigo. “And there’s nothing like having Neil back home on ‘The Sandman,’ his dark, soulful, literary epic that transformed comics and continues to captivate countless new readers year after year.”

Announcement was made during Vertigo’s Comic-Con panel late Thursday, with Gaiman appearing in a video. Project does not yet have a title.

“The Sandman” follows the adventures of the character Dream, who rules over the world of dreams and how he deals with his dysfunctional family Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.

Praised by critics, the books were among the few graphic novels to wind up on the New York Times bestseller list. They’ve sold 7 million copies worldwide.

“When I finished writing ‘The Sandman,’ there was one tale still untold: the story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in ‘The Sandman #1,’ and why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining and dressed for war,” Gaiman said. “It was a story that we discussed telling for ‘Sandman’s’ 20th anniversary … but the time got away from us. And now, with ‘Sandman’s” 25th anniversary year coming up, I’m delighted, and nervous, that that story is finally going to be told.”

Gaiman has also written “Coraline,” which Laika adapted as a stop-motion pic; “Stardust,” adapted by Paramount; “Neverwhere”; “American Gods”; and “The Graveyard Book.” He’s also penned kidlit books “The Wolves in the Walls” and “The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish.”

“As accomplished as Neil Gaiman is in other media — whether it be novels, film and even music — he still has an incredible passion and love for comics,” said DC Entertainment co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio. “It’s exciting to have him back. J.H. Williams will be the perfect complement to Neil’s writing. He has a history of creating art that pushes the boundaries of the medium.”

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