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Vertigo Reveals Details Surrounding Neil Gaiman’s Highly Anticipated Return to The Sandman

Its been 10 years since writer Neil Gaiman weaved tales from the beloved Sandman universe. This October 30th, Gaiman returns to the realm of the Endless for an eagerly anticipated tale that will bring readers back to one of the most critically-acclaimed comic book series ever. The Sandman: Overture will unite Gaiman with artist J.H. Williams III and reveal a previously untold story in The Sandman mythos. This new story will explore Morpheus’ world before he was captured.

One of the most popular, groundbreaking, bestselling and award-winning comic books of the last twenty-five years, Gaiman’s The Sandman stands tall as one of the few graphic novel series ever to be on the The New York Times Best Seller list and lauded by critics the world over for its transformative storytelling in the comic book industry. The series has been translated into nine different languages and sold over 7 million copies.

The Sandman features literature’s Endless family—Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, Destiny and Dream. The critically acclaimed Vertigo fantasy series transformed the landscape of comics, helping usher in an era of more compelling and sophisticated storytelling. Combining mythology and literature in an epic story, it is one of the most popular, groundbreaking, bestselling and award-winning comic books of the last twenty-five years. It has garnered nineteen Eisner and six Harvey Awards and is the only comic book to win the World Fantasy Award.

The Sandman: Overture #1 will be an oversized issue and will showcase J.H. Williams III’s talent with a spectacular interior gatefold. The series will be published bi-monthly and each issue will feature stunning covers by Williams and original series cover artist Dave McKean and will be published on the same day digitally.

Also bi-monthly and alternating with the main Overture series, Vertigo will publish The Sandman: Overture Special Edition. These deluxe issues will include original scripts by Gaiman, additional concept art and sketches by Williams, Q&As with the creative team and more, starting in November.

More details about the series – including artwork – will be revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Gaiman, Williams and McKean are special guests of the convention, during which Vertigo will host a 25th Anniversary all-star panel featuring Gaiman, Williams and artists Dave McKean and Sam Kieth. Gaiman will also be spotlighted at his own standalone panel. Additionally, the cover of the San Diego 2013 Souvenir Book features all-new Sandman art by Dave McKean, which will also be featured on an official convention T-Shirt.


Review: Batwoman #21

Batwoman 21J.H. Williams III’s and W. Haden Blackman’s Batwoman is probably one of the strangest books on the market—complex, grim, filled with unique art, and though it’s technically part of DC’s New 52 Bat-Family, it seems to exist in a niche entirely its own. It’s an enigma really, but one that always surprises me. In fact, I always forget it’s on my pull-list; I walk in day of its release, my local comic-bookshop owner Roman hands me my stack, and there’s another white-black-and-red Batwoman cover! And this month’s issue was a sweet surprise.

Batwoman #21 is all about Killer Croc—though I think he prefers Waylon—and takes places after the Medusa incident. Williams III and Blackman show their literary dexterity with this issue, entitled “Interlude III,” penning great internal monologue for Killer Croc and showing us the inside of the were-cult he belongs to. At least until exeunt. I do love when authors write in the voice of the character, and Croc’s monologue is filled with all the spelling errors and ingrammaticalities a poor sewer croc like him is bound to have.

Moreover, the story features Croc as a shrewd leader, usurping his place and making decision for the betterment of himself (duh) and his new love, Claire (who seems to be with were-child). Oh yeah, and there’s a battle with Batwoman and Maggie, but it’s sort of sideline to Croc’s revelatory destiny.

If Williams III and Blackman deliver great writing and an engaging story, it’s made three to fifteen times better accompanied with Francesco Francavilla’s artistry. While Batwoman has seen the hands of talented artists before, Francavilla really does her best, and though he won’t be continuing in future issues, boy do I wish this were his regular gig…

Open up Batwoman #21 without context, and you’ll think you just bought yourself some sketchbook for a lizard demonomicon. It’s all the noir and fantastica this book needed, and Francavilla juxtaposes the more sketched-style lines of Killer Croc and the weres with the solid beauty he brings to Maggie and Kate.

Williams III and Blackman present the tragic story of yet another villain who may not be all-bad, but might have something below the layer of green, sketchbook Francavilla art that just hasn’t been apparent in past stories (he’s too busy getting the crap beat out of him by the Bat-Family). Batwoman #21 shines a sensitive spotlight on a villain much in need of depth, and deserving of such horror-comic-esque art. This is the rightful home for Croc.

Story: J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman  Art: Francesco Francavilla
Story: 8  Art: 8.5  Overall: 8.5  Recommendation: Buy

GLAAD Media Awards Nominees Announced

glaad media awardsThe nominees for GLAAD‘s 24th GLAAD Media Awards have been announced and a solid list for their comic book category has been announced. The GLAAD Media Awards celebrate outstanding representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and our allies on TV, in film, and in the news.

Astonishing X-Men by Marjorie Liu

Batwoman by W. Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III
DC Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Andrew Chambliss, Scott Allie, Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg
Dark Horse

Earth 2 by James Robinson
DC Comics

Kevin Keller by Dan Parent
Archie Comics

Congrats to all of the nominees! The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 20 at the JW Marriott; and in San Francisco on May 11 at the Hilton San Francisco – Union Square.  Special Honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks.

SDCC 2012 – New Sandman By Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III

DC Comics might have dropped the announcement of San Diego Comic-Con on the first day. We can expect new Sandman from Neil Gaiman with art by JH Williams III in 2013.

Some art:

And the release:

Twenty-five years after one of the most celebrated graphic novels of all-time hit shelves, award winning and critically acclaimed author and screenwriter, Neil Gaiman, announces his return to THE SANDMAN. Gaiman made the surprise announcement, via video, at DC Entertainment’s Vertigo panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.  Karen Berger, Executive Editor of Vertigo, then revealed that Gaiman is paired with artist, JH Williams III (BATWOMAN) for the series, who appeared on stage to an already stunned and elated crowd. THE SANDMAN mini-series will be published by Vertigo in 2013.

One of the few graphic novels ever to be on the New York Times Best Seller list and lauded by critics the world over, THE SANDMAN is credited with changing the path of storytelling in the comic book industry. Gaiman will pick up his pen for the first time in more than 10 years since ending the series to continue a story that he feels still has yet to be told.

“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.

“There’s nothing like a Neil Gaiman story,” said Berger, “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. Working with him again, and with JH Williams, the extraordinary and groundbreaking artist, is truly the stuff dreams are made of.”

DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio added, “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. 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.”

Each issue of THE SANDMAN mini-series will be published day-and-date digitally.  The title will be announced at a later date.

23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Comics Nominations Announced

The comic book nominees for the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards have been announced.  The award is for series that portray LGBT characters in a positive way.  This years nominees are:

Outstanding Comic Book
• Avengers: The Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg, Marvel
• Batwoman by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, DC Comics
• Secret Six by Gail Simone, DC Comics
• Veronica Presents: Kevin Keller by Dan Parent, Archie Comics
• X-Factor by Peter David, Marvel Comics

All are great examples of the progressive nature of comics and how this is being portrayed in mainstream comics.  I do also encourage folks to check out Prism Comics and Northwest Press (two examples of many) that primarily produce LGBT comics.  Congrats to all the nominees, all of which I’d be happy to win.

Esteemed Artist J.H. Williams III Provides Alternate Cover For Oni’s D.B. Cooper #1

Official Press Release


Oni Press is pleased to announce that the debut issue of its brand-new series The Secret History of D.B. Cooper will ship with an alternate cover by innovative comics creator J.H. Williams III (Promethea, Batwoman). This extra special variant will be shipped to participating comics shops at a 1-to-10 ratio when The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1 hits stands in March 2012. The standard cover is drawn by series creator Brian Churilla.

The Secret History of D.B. Cooper is a full-color series written and drawn by Brian Churilla (The Anchor, The Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet) detailing the previously untold story of what really happened forty years ago when a man calling himself D.B. Cooper skyjacked an airplane, collected a ransom, and parachuted into oblivion taking the loot with him. Churilla’s comic book retelling uncovers a vast conspiracy lurking behind the legend of D.B. Cooper. The actual tale is almost too strange to be believed, and yet too important to ignore.

Oni Press will celebrate the launch of this exciting new title with the special variant. “J.H. Williams is practically a legend himself,” commented series editor James Lucas Jones. “We’re all big fans of his work. His striking compositions are often like puzzles in that the more you look at them, the more you will find hidden, mysterious depths. This makes him the perfect artist to lend his hand to Brian’s unraveling of the D.B. Cooper folklore.”

“This story has intrigued me even since I was a little kid,” Churilla said. “To get to play around with the mythos in comic book form is a dream come true, and that dream has only gotten better after seeing how J.H. has chosen to interpret the material. If I were picking this comic up at my local store, I’d totally buy the one with his cover on it.”

The Secret History of D. B. Cooper #1 has a $3.99 cover price and goes on sale on March 14, 2012 at finer comic shops worldwide.


CBLDF Announces Liberty Annual 2011!

Official Press Release

Support CBLDF With The Industry’s Greatest Creators in CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011 from Image Comics

Berkeley, CA & New York, NY – 8 August 2011 United We Stand Against Censorship! That’s the message from Image Comics, over two dozen of the industry’s greatest creators, and our friends at DC Comics and Marvel Comics, who have all banded together to deliver the greatest CBLDF benefit comic yet — CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011!

Famed comics editor Bob Schreck, Editor-in-Chief of Legendary Comics, and Assistant Editor Greg Tumbarello view censorship as the ultimate form of bullying and have gathered an all-star team of comics creators to tell powerful stories that take a stand against censorship. CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011 comprises 48 powerful pages of all new stories and art. The proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the ever-important First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Schreck declares, “It’s an honor to be asked to edit LIBERTY ANNUAL! We wanted to show the human side of what it means to be censored, and we’re elated with how many powerful and heartfelt tales were delivered. With an American facing prosecution in Canada for the comics he reads, the work that CBLDF does is more important now than ever, and the CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL is essential tool in the fight against censorship.”

CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011 collects incredible contributions, including original stories by superstars J. Michael Straczynski (Superman: Earth One), Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman), J.H. Williams III (Batwoman), Steve Niles (30 days of Night), Judd Winick (Catwoman), Mark Waid (Daredevil) and Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder). Look for all-new tales featuring Grendel by Matt Wagner, Cowboy Ninja Viking by AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, and Elephantmen by Richard Starkings and Shaky Kane. Plus: a massive and first-ever full-color story from independent comics master Craig Thompson (Blankets)! Marvel and DC Comics have stepped up to show their support, with all-new pin-ups of Batman by Dustin Nguyen, X-Men by Greg Land, Green Lantern by Ivan Reis, and the Avengers by Greg Horn! It’s all topped off by incredible covers by John Cassaday, Matt Wagner, and two variant covers by Frank Quietly: a full-color, 1 in 25 cover, and a black and white, 1 in 50 cover!

“Bob’s experience as an editor is hard to beat, and we’re proud to have him at the helm,” says CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. “Bob made a book that has something to say, without being sentimental or preachy. He’s made a comic we can all be proud of, and that will go a long way towards advancing the CBLDF’s important work.”

Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson says, “It should go without saying that free speech is one of our most fundamental rights as citizens of this great country. Our right to free expression is challenged on a daily basis, though, and sometimes, those challenges occur within the comics world. Without the diligence of organizations like the CBLDF, everyone in the comics community would be much worse off. There are always bullies out there trying to keep people from enjoying the rights we’re all entitled to, but thankfully there are also people willing to stand up for those rights. I’m proud that Image is able to lend a hand.”

Join the fight against censorship by picking up your copy of CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011 (AUG110415), a 48-page full color comic book benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, available from Image Comics on October 12, 2011, for $4.99.


Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics artform and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals.


Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.


T-Shirts Debuted at Comic-Con Now Available Online

CBLDF debuted a number of new shirts during Comic-Con, including all new shirts from Matt Wagner and John Cassady and new colors and women’s sizes for CBLDF’s popular “I Read Banned Comics” shirt! If you missed us at Comic-Con, you can now get these shirts online!

The new shirts come courtesy of Graphitti Designs. Matt Wagner’s shirt delivers an incredible new image of Grendel leaping into action! John Cassaday’s Uncle Sam design makes a powerful statement about the fight to defend Free Speech!

Finally, CBLDF’s I Read Banned Comics shirt now comes in yellow on black in both men’s and women’s sizes. You can also get the shirt in blue on white in women’s sizes. The original shirt is available here.

These shirts are sure to move fast, so get yours now!

New Luchadore-Inspired BPAL Scents Now Available Online!

CBLDF, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, and J. Gonzoscored a K.O. with their epic tag team debut of LA MANO DEL DESTINO and EL NUEVO PURITANO during Comic-Con International. If you missed us at Comic-Con, you can still jump in the ring: These CBLDF-exclusive scents are now available online!

About the fragrances:


Powerful Sumatran patchouli and enigmatic Brazilian copaiba with pao d’arco, cacao absolute, bourbon vanilla, Ceylon cinnamon, and tobacco


The wicked wrath of moral panic: unmoving, rigid oak, dry leather, tonka, gunpowder tea, and pious olibanum with a core of perverse and furtive vanilla bean, bay leaf, clove bud, and lime.

You can purchase each fragrance individually, here and here, or you can get them as a set. The set includes a gorgeous, limited-edition full-color print from J. Gonzo, inspired by his new 6-issue comic series La Mano del Destino. Help take censorship to the mat by picking up these CBLDF exclusive scents and print today!

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Lots of news out there.  The week is kicking up as comic fans focus on C2E2 and all of the announcements that’ll be made there.  We’ll be wrapping up all of the news coming out of the show.  Here’s all the news that others saw fit to print.

Around the Tubes:

Movie Web – Clifton Collins Jr. Joins Hellbenders – Can’t say I’ve ever heard of this graphic novel.

Screen Rant – ‘The Sandman’ TV Series Has Stalled In Development – Television is the new hot medium for comic books it’d seem. Counting down to over saturation in 3…2….1…

14 WFIE – Boy, 12, selling his comics at FL stores – Well at least the bad economy hasn’t hit the youngest among us. But I have to say I’m impressed. My comics sucked when I was his age.

Examiner – ‘Buffy’ Season 8 comic books nominated for Eagle Award – Whedon is over rated. There, I said it. Deal.

Kotaku – The Joker And Harley Quinn Run Wild In The Batman: Arkham City Comic Series – Can’t wait for this video game. The comic tie-in, not so much.

Comics Alliance – J.H. Williams III Talks ‘Batwoman’ Delay, Unveils New Cover Art – Of course when I get into the character and series, it gets delayed.

CBLDF – Betsy Gomez Joins CBLDF As Web Editor! – Congrats Betsy!

Bleeding Cool – Comics Are Cheaper Than Gas – It’s a tough race on this one.

Bleeding Cool – Best Copy Of First Appearance Of Wolverine In Incredible Hulk 181 Goes For $150,000 – Found more change in my couch.

Arts Beat – Curtain Down, Heads Up: Advice on How to Fix ‘Spider-Man’ – How about, invent a time machine, tell your past self to save their money and time.

Geekweek – Edgar Wright Was Offered An Episode Of THE WALKING DEAD – It’d be interesting, but I want Ant Man!

Arts Beat – Effects Coordinator Cleared in Death of ‘Dark Knight’ Cameraman – Nothing snarky to say for this one.

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