These days, you never really question how a comic book cover or book cover is made, because even if there are a variety of tools in use, they’re all going to be digital. When Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series debuted, it was before the days of Photoshop, yet artist Dave McKean created some incredibly striking covers using real art and real objects.
Even though Cybermen have been used a hell of a lot in the last several seasons of Doctor Who, I’m always up for a Neil Gaiman penned episode of Who any day. So if it has Cybermen, whatever. But it will also have actor Warwick Davis… you know, that little fellow from Willow.
Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is one of the most popular comic book series of the past 30 years, you would think that it would have been snatched up by Hollywood execs and spun off into an unrecognizable blockbuster franchise by this point. As it turns out, Gaiman actually met with Warner Bros. to pitch a film adaptation of his work back in early ’90s, but they just didn’t seem to get the sprawling narrative — in spite of some really lovely visual aids that had created by Jill Thompson.
For your Sunday evening, listen to Neil Gaiman and his wife Amanda Palmer reading the story “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury”. Amazing.
After the success of bringing Neil Gaiman’s ‘Coraline’ to the big screen, Disney has now acquired the rights to Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’, and has hired Coraline director Henry Selick to bring it to the big screen.
So Kevin Smith is planning on doing a Bluntman and Chronic cartoon and both Smith and Jason Mewes felt they needed an “Alfred”, or an authoritative narrative voice of reason. So Mewes reaches out to Neil Gaiman on Twitter and Gaiman is all like “yeah sure”. Just like that.