In the first piece of exciting literary news to come out of Comic-Con today, Neil Gaiman has announced that for the first time in ten years he will return to write a new release of his acclaimed graphic novel series The Sandman.
In Gaiman’s video announcement above, aired before a stunned crowd at Vertigo’s Comic-Con panel last night, the author explains his impetus for returning to the series after so long. He says that, dating all the way back to The Sandman‘s first issue, there was always an untold story waiting to be filled in:
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.
The Sandman was first published in November 1988, which marks 2013 as the series’ 25th anniversary. Gaiman notes that this fact makes next year seem “a particularly good year to tell this story.” Much to Gaiman’s fans excitement, the tale will finally have its telling.
In its 25 year lifetime, The Sandman has grown to become one of the most popular comic book series of all time, topping the New York Times bestseller list more than once (one of only three graphic novels to ever do so). This time around, artist JH Williams will provide the story’s artwork, a sneak peek of which is shown above.
The mini-series’ title is as yet unannounced. Print and digital copies will be published on the same day by Vertigo sometime late next year.