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

Great Hera!

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… 

Yup. That’s the one.

Honestly, do you need to hear anything else? Yes, yes you really do. Here’s what we know. In November 2013, it will be the 25th anniversary of Sandman, so the time was ripe. Although this is something Gaiman had been mulling around for a while.

“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,” said Gaiman in the official statement. “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.”

On Twitter, one of Gaiman’s followers likened this prequel tale to the uber-controversial Before Watchmen project from DC. What did he have to say to that? “Nope. The story in Sandman stretches back a long way. I’m writing DURING SANDMAN,” he tweeted. That’s what you get for writing about a Dream Lord older than any god I guess.

The title has yet to be announced, though I’m pretty sure Gaiman’s got a rough idea of what is. I’ll leave the rest to him now. Try not to get hypnotized by his magic words.

(via The Beat, Twitter, my next door neighbor…)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."