Through a Glass Darkly - A Corinthian Playlist
Your Favorite Worst Nightmare
1. Mein herz brennt - Rammstein
2. Inside of You, In Spite of You - ThouShaltNot
3. Patron Saint - The Zipheads
4. Porcelain Judas - Diablo Swing Orchestra
5. Evil Eye - Franz Ferdinand
6. My Mind's Eye - Sirenia
7. Terrible Ride - The Queenstons
8. The Zodiac - Kamelot
9. The Eyes of Extinction - Seeming
10. Dark Shines - Muse
11. Split Me Wide Open - The Bravery
12. Dreams in Formaline - Omega Lithium
13. Sleep - My Chemical Romance
14. Hell: Symmetry - Laibach
15. Inflict - Amaran
16. Träumst Du - Oomph!
17. Lullaby - Amberian Dawn
18. D is for Dangerous - Arctic Monkeys
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The Sandman bonus notes: Interviews (6)
As I explained previously several times, these are some interesting informations taken from the interviews Neil Gaiman gave for The Sandman Companion, and that were later reintroduced in compilation editions of the comic book.
THE KINDLY ONES
# When asked about wy Marc Hempel was chosen to illustrate this arc/volume of the comic, Neil Gaiman explained that The Kindly Ones is a story about shadows and silhouettes, shapes and fire, and he wanted a very simple and clear style - Marc Hempel’s style corresponded perfectly to the story he wanted to tell. He knew that the “caricatural” aspect of this style might put off some readers, but he also knew that the next arc was going to be drawn by Michael Zulli whose very realistic style would make all the grumbling readers happy again.
# The two citations at the beginning of the story come from Jacobean plays. One is “Cupid’s Revenge” by Beaumont and Fletcher, while the other is the “White Devil” by John Webster. In fact, The Kindly Ones has several other citations and references to the plays of John Webster: He was known to write Jacobean theater plays centered around revenge, very rich and smothering plays, filled with references to the Furies and dark, tortured, inevitable events. As a result, to reference him seemed very obvious and needed for this volume.
# While “The Castle” was written for “Vertigo Jam”, Neil Gaiman already had the idea that it would serve as a very good prologue for The Kindly Ones (since he knew beforehand the story would be bound in one volume).
# Neil Gaiman tried to put a string in almost every scene to continue the thematc of the string of fate about to be cut off (from the Moirae/goddesses of fate), be it a supernatural chain, a telephone cord or wool being knitted.
# Originally, Neil Gaiman planned for The Kindly Ones to only last six issues - however it ended up being thirteen issues long.
# Neil Gaiman points out that what Geryon says is true: while most people tell you that Adam and Eve were banished of the garden of Eden because they did not obey God, in truth the Bible says that God banished them because he did not want them to eat the fruit from the Tree of Life.
# When asked about the old ladies at the retirement home who talk with Rose Walker, Neil Gaiman explains that on a level they are just three little old ladies, and on another they are a manifestation of the Kindly Ones/Furies. And that Helena is the mysterious lost mother of Lyta Hall.
# When asked about the tale that Amelia Crupp tells Rose, Neil Gaiman explains that he chose it because it was a popular tale about the goal of revenge and what revenge does. The original version he found was written in a bizarre dialect, so that Neil Gaiman ended up reading the story mistaking the two words frequently used in it: worm and woman.
# Neil Gaiman explains that he had Rose go through a failed relationship with Jack in order for her to mature, by having her heart broken. If one compares the style of her letters in The Kindly Ones to the ones of The Doll’s House, where she was still twenty-two (she is twenty-five in The Kindly Ones), one can see the style has matured while staying distinctively hers. He also particularly liked the idea that Rose would be writing a thesis about the maiden/mother/crone archetype in television sitcoms, such as in Bewitched (Tabatha, Samantha and Endora) or in Roseanne (Darlene, Roseanne and Bev). All the Three-in-One.
# The idea to resurrect the Corinthian came to Neil Gaiman from a novel of Frank Herbert, “Dune Messiah”. Many people read “Dune” first and then this sequel, but Neil Gaiman went the other way around (and found Dune to be a much heavier, obvious, clumsy) and the scene of the recreation of Duncan Idaho, with just a part of his memories, with him knowing he wasn’t going to be the same person as he once was, stuck in Gaiman’s mind. He thus reused what he got from that scene in the recreation of the Corinthian. Dream used his skull (which is a “fragment of his essence”) to recreate the Corinthian, and Neil Gaiman wanted the readers to wonder if this new Corinthian was going to be as murderous or even more violent than the previous one. Plus, on top of that, the rebirth of the Corinthian allowed Neil Gaiman to foreshadow what was going to happen to Daniel. However, Neil Gaiman insists, the two are very different cases that cannot be compared: while there are doubts about whether or not the Corinthian was resurrected, Dream very clearly and definitively died.
# To not confuse the readers, there is a color code in The Kindly Ones: the scenes taking place in the waking world have a white space between their panels, but the scenes taking place in the Dreaming (or other supernatural realms) have a grey space between their panels. As a result it guides the readers and give them important information: when Rose meets Desire, the space between the panels switches from white to grey.
# The word which means green and red at the same time exists: it is sinople. And the aunt about which Celia Cripps talks about is of course the defunct Ethel Cripps, former lover of Burgess and mother of John Dee, from Preludes and Nocturnes.
# I won’t list all of them here but The Kindly Ones is stuffed to the brim with references (in the dialogue, texts, actions or visuals) to earlier arcs and volumes, be them recreation, inversion or twists.
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