10 Must-Read Graphic Novels (for the Graphic Novel N00b)

If you’re a graphic novel newbie, chances are that when you hear the term “graphic novel,” you immediately think, “Oh, a comic book!” or something else to that effect. And who could blame you? With the ever-growing popularity of the Marvel Universe and the continuous makes and remakes of the Batman franchise, it seems that comic books are everywhere—and they certainly are graphic novels. But as it turns out, there’s more to this variety of storytelling than colorfully-dressed, muscly people with inhuman powers! In fact, while superhero comics have their place (and it’s a big place, mind you), there are a whole host of graphic novels about real-world issues that delve into intriguing, funny, mysterious, and even downright scary stories. Continue Reading ›

Neil Gaiman to Write New Sandman Series

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.