Neil Gaiman confirms at Comic-con his return for a new Sandman comic

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Author and comic book creator Neil Gaiman made an exciting announcement for Comic-con guests on Thursday: he is returning to comics for a new Sandman series.

The new limited series, titled “The Sandman,” will serve as a prequel and correspond to the 25th anniversary of his famous run as the writer on the DC title beginning in 1988.

Sandman is Dream, known also as Morpheus, an immortal member of a group called the Endless. Gaiman penned 75 issues in the series, ending in 1996, as well as spinoffs, other graphic novels.

“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. 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,” said Gaiman.

Comic-con fans cheered the announcement and word quickly spread across the Internet.

Gaiman will be joined by artist J.H. Williams III, a popular comic artist on “Desolation Jones” with writer Warren Ellis and “Batwoman” will Greg Rucka.

The famed comic writer has been more active writing novels and screenplays over the last several years. Gaiman’s “Stardust” was released in 2007 and starred Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Claire Danes. “Coraline” was a huge success for Gaiman as the 2009 Henry Selick film was a box office and critical success.

“The Sandman” will arrive in comic shops in Tampa and all across the nation in 2013.

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