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J.H. Williams III

old gods do new jobs

Sandman Overture Goes to Irregular Publication Schedule, I Cry Real Tears

Only a day after the delayed second issue of the six part miniseries hit shelves, it appears that the series will stick to a schedule of one issue every few months, instead of the bi-monthly one it promised when it was announced.

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Meanwhile...

The Second Cover To Neil Gaiman & JH Williams III’s Sandman Prequel

Revealed in Vertigo’s December solicitations is the cover to The Sandman: Overture #2 by Dave McKean – actually, it’s J.H. Williams III. Click ahead for full info on the issue. 

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Today in things that make us scream incoherently

DiDio Attempts to Explain DC’s Marriage Ban; Will Scrap Last Williams/Blackman Batwoman Issues?

DC Comics’ PR has taken multiple hits this week, and this weekend is a major convention, so you know what that means: DC higher ups giving unsatisfying responses to fan outcry at Baltimore Comic Con. Specifically, we’re talking about Dan DiDio saying that superheroes should never have happy personal lives, Aquaman and Mera aren’t married, and that a new writer will be taking over Batwoman with issue #25.

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Today in things that make us scream incoherently

Creative Team Walks Off Batwoman, Citing DC’s Refusal to Allow Characters to Marry

J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman announced late last night that, after having given the matter much thought, they have decided that they can no longer work under their current state of editorial interference, and will be walking off DC’s Batwoman title as of issue #26. Batwoman, a perrennial GLAAD award nominee, is also the first superhero title at Marvel or DC to feature a lesbian character in the lead. Williams and Blackman have said they were upset at long outlined and communicated plot events being overturned by editorial at the last minute, but the one that bothered them most was DC prohibiting them from ever allowing series lead Kate Kane to marry her fiancée Maggie Sawyer.

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I'm In A Glass Case of Emotion

The Sandman Overture 1 Now Has a Cover To Match The Original Sandman Series

Two weeks ago the Sandman prequel cover by artist J.H. Williams III was revealed, showing Morpheus fully dressed with the mask and dreamstone he was wearing during the events that kicked off the Sandman series. Now a cover by Dave McKean, the artist who created the recognizable covers for the series 25 years ago, has been released, complete with Dream sitting on his throne, and Anubis and other figures teasing us from behind the chair with hints of what we might be looking forward to. Of the dark alternate cover, Neil Gaiman told Entertainment Weekly,

“There is something special about Dave McKean that makes it feel real….I get the same thrill I got 25 years ago seeing his covers…”

Head past the jump to see the first page of the prequel, illustrated by Williams, as well as the San Diego Comic Con souvenir book cover featuring Morpheus, illustrated by McKean.

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And So It Begins

The Cover To Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Prequel Has Been Revealed

The New York Times had the honor of debuting the cover to Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III’s The Sandman: Overture #1. It will be available on October 30th and help usher in six new titles at DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. The six-issue mini-series will be published every other month with a special edition of the same issue published in between. NYT says it “will include more of the artwork (because of translucent word balloons developed by the letterer Todd Klein), as well as behind-the-scenes commentary and character sketches.”

(via New York Times)

Previously in Neil Gaiman

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Great Moments in Advertising

J.H. Williams on Batwoman’s Proposal and Publicity

It was surprising because I had expected a PR push, but like I said it became apparent quickly that it worked in our favor that nothing was spoiled for the readers. It gave them an unexpected jolt, shaking them up emotionally. The issue got picked up by outside media regardless of PR, Reuters and Huffington Post, to name a couple. I love that because there is nothing worse than building up something that is important to how a story impacts the reader, ruining the moment for them is the worst thing you can do. I do despise spoilers. PR works best if it can tease efficiently without just blurting crap out. So even though we did not prime ahead of time in this instance at all, it turned out just fine, and gave it all an honesty and power that the scene much deserved.J.H. Williams III, artist and writer on Batwoman when asked by Comic Book Resources about DC Comics’ odd lack of a PR push for the last issue.

I myself wondered why DC Comics had chosen not to make a big PR push for Kate Kane proposing to her girlfriend Maggie Sawyer in Batwoman #17 last month, since comics companies these days don’t really seem to care about spoilers if they can get some publicity about it, and only a few weeks later DC made my point even more relevant by spoiling a major death in the Batfamily all over the place. My last assumption was that perhaps Williams had specifically asked them not to spoil it, but this quote from his interview with Comic Book Resources would seem to indicate the opposite.

I’m glad that Williams is happy with the result, but still puzzled by DC’s lack of press for the issue. Still, the issue got enough press on its own, so maybe DC and Marvel will take the hint and stop spoiling everything.

Previously in Batwoman

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Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Syfy’s Face Off Pairs DC Comic Artists With Contestants This Season

Syfy’s Face Off is one of my favorite shows. I’ve always been interested in movie makeup but didn’t have the skill to make it a career plus, the show isn’t overly dramatized like most reality TV these days. They premiered the fourth season last night and while I’ve yet to watch the episode, we’ve just found out some people we’re very familiar with will be making a guest appearance in a few weeks – employees of DC Comics. Find out if your favorite creator will be giving their artistic input to the contestants after the cut. 

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million dollar lady

Vertigo Comics Executive Karen Berger Is Leaving DC Entertainment

Vertigo Comics has been the more serious, adult oriented arm of DC Comics since 1993 and at the very start was Karen Berger. Getting Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman published was just one of this editor’s countless accomplishments at the company, you can also put Hellblazer and V for Vendetta in that group, so it’s with a great deal of disappointment we must report she’s leaving the DC Entertainment altogether.

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Great Hera!

You Can Just End Comic-Con Right Now. Neil Gaiman Is Doing A Sandman Prequel.

We’ll be along with a recap of some of the news you may have missed at Comic-Con International yesterday in a bit. This just couldn’t rest. It was revealed at the Vertigo Comics panel yesterday - Neil Gaiman is set to do a Sandman prequel mini-series for them in 2013. With art by J.H. Williams III. I know. We couldn’t believe it either. I believe this calls for a certain image… 

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