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fantomfox · a month ago
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Imagine when a lukewarm take is so wrong that the author rightfully, publicly drags it....
"Say you've never read Sandman without saying you've never read Sandman."
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thundergrace · a month ago
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Kirby Howell-Baptiste has to be the most current and employed Black actress across two continents.
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She was most recently cast in The Sandman and that's just one of the projects she's working on at the moment. Put some respect on her name. You might be new to her but she's not new to this...
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neil-gaiman · a month ago
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More casting news on Sandman...
Every afternoon I get an email telling me that there are “dailies” from The Sandman ready to be watched. It's the best bit of the day. Once every few weeks I get an email letting me know that there's a finished episode waiting for me to watch it. It's the best bit of the month.
The Sandman is being made, and it's... well, it's The Sandman. Which is the best thing of all.
You may know that The Sandman is based on my comic book series of the same name. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he's made during his vast existence.
You might already know that Tom Sturridge (he/him) is Dream of the Endless, Gwendolyn Christie (she/her) is Lucifer, Sanjeev Bhaskar (he/him) and Asim Chaudhry (he/him) are Cain and Abel, Charles Dance (he/him) is Roderick Burgess, Vivienne Acheampong (she/her) is Lucienne, and Boyd Holbrook (he/him) is The Corinthian.
But there are more parts to be announced. And I thought it would be fun to tell you about some of them, and the thinking behind them.
DEATH – Dream's wiser, nicer, and much more sensible sister. Significantly harder to cast than you might imagine (well, than I imagined, anyway). Hundreds of talented women from all around the planet auditioned, and they were brilliant, and none of them were right. Someone who could speak the truth to Dream, on the one hand, but also be the person you'd want to meet when your life was done on the other. And then we saw Kirby Howell-Baptiste's (she/her) audition and we knew we had our Death.
DESIRE – Dream's sibling and everything you want, whatever you want and whoever you are. Desire is also trouble for Dream. Families are complicated. We had barely started looking when Mason Alexander Park (they/them) reached out on Twitter, and threw their hat into the ring. We were thrilled when they got the part.
DESPAIR – Desire's twin, Dream's sister. She is the moment when all hope is gone, the bleakest of the Endless. Donna Preston (she/her) will be playing her, and her performance is chilling and sad. You feel her pain.
JOHANNA CONSTANTINE – Eighteenth Century occult adventuress, John Constantine’s great-great-great grandmother. This Sandman character became so popular that she even had her own spin-off series. I created her to fill the role that John Constantine does in the past. When we broke down the first season, given that we knew that we would be encountering Johanna in the past, we wondered what would happen if we met a version of her in the present as well. We tried it and the script was sparkier, feistier, and in some ways even more fun. So having written her, we just had to cast her. Jenna Coleman (she/her) gave us the Johanna of our dreams – tough, brilliant, tricky, haunted and probably doomed.
ETHEL CRIPPS – Roderick Burgess's love, John Dee's mother, is a small but vital role in the comics, but she became more important as we told our story. In the 1920s and 30s, she is played by Niamh Walsh (she/her): a betrayed and determined young woman seeking to survive. In the present day, now a woman of a hundred identities and a thousand lies, she's played by the brilliant Joely Richardson (she/her).
JOHN DEE – Ethel's son is dangerous. He was driven mad, long ago. Now he's out and on a quest for Truth that may destroy the world. We needed an actor who could break your heart and keep your sympathy while taking you into the darkest places. We were lucky that David Thewlis (he/him) took the part.
Now we're shooting The Doll's House, the second big Sandman storyline. It's the story of:
ROSE WALKER – a young woman on a desperate search for her missing brother, who finds a family she didn't know that she had, and a connection to Dream that neither of them can escape. We needed someone young who could make you care as she ventures into some very dangerous places. Boyd Holbrook's Corinthian is waiting for her, after all. Kyo Ra (she/her) achieves that as Rose.
LYTA HALL – Rose’s friend, a young widow mourning her husband Hector. Rose doesn't know that Hector has started showing up in Lyta's dreams, though. Or that strange things are happening. Razane Jammal (she/her) is Lyta, and she's terrific.
UNITY KINKAID - Heiress, Rose's mysterious benefactor. She has spent a century asleep. Now she's awake, having missed out on her life. She's played by Sandra James Young (she/her).
GILBERT – Rose Walker's debonair protector. A dab hand with a paradox and a sword cane. Stephen Fry (he/him) is a National Treasure, and we forget sometimes that he's also a remarkable actor. Seeing him in costume and make up on the dailies made me blink: it was as if the comic had come to life.
MATTHEW  – Dream’s trusted emissary. A raven. I expected our animals to be CGI, and was both taken aback and thrilled when the dailies started coming in, and there was Dream talking to... well, a raven. But ravens don't really talk. The question was, could we find an actor who could make you care about a dead person who was now a bird in the Dreaming – one who isn't certain what's going on, or whether any of this is a good idea? And could we find a voice performer who was also the kind of Sandman fan who used to stand in line to get his Sandman comics signed? The answer was, we could if we asked Patton Oswalt (he/him). And Patton was the first person we asked, and the first person we cast, the day before we pitched The Sandman to Netflix.
Of course, there are more delights and nightmares cast than I've listed here, and we have a few more secrets up our sleeves. I can't wait until you can start watching.
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fuckyeahgoodomens · a day ago
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👀👀👀 Whoa :). (the audible Sandman already has Michael Sheen as Lucifer :))
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neil-gaiman · a month ago
So, if in any chance you see this, can you satisfy a tiny curiosity of mine about The Sandman adaptation?
First, good morning or night, and forgive if I'm wrong about what is or isn't in the Vol 2. I'm guiding my self through the audible. I never had the physical copies, they are too expensive for me.
You said that the show it's going to go as far as The Dream of a Thousand Cats. Does this mean that Facade and Midsummer Night's Dream not going to be adapted? Am I wrong? If I'm not, is there any particular reason why they are not going to be adapted?
Because we are doing our season break there. Lots of time for lots of stories in the future...
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looceyloo · a month ago
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Death of the Endless
I've been so excited for the Sandman show! Truly one of the biggest influences on my own interpretation of literature and stories. And no surprise that Death is my favourite of the Endless!
Side note, I can't imagine seeing Kirby Howell-Baptiste's smile and NOT thinking she would be an amazing Death.
Inspired in part by David Mack's new portrait of Death!
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thenightling · 2 years ago
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For people who want to start reading Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman
I only got into Sandman last June.  I wish I had read it sooner but no one really described it well to me so I went in almost completely unawares.
The main character in Sandman is Morpheus AKA Dream of The Endless.   He is the living embodiment of dreams.  His usual appearance (as his form changes depending on who is looking upon him) has peculiar, bone-white, skin and completely-black eyes with tiny star-like pupils that flare when he’s using his powers.  He has wild black hair and he is extremely thin.   
 His minion are entities of Dreams and Nightmares.  He seems to have a fondness for Halloween aesthetics from Jack-o-lanterns and Gothic castles to spooky old houses (like The House of Secrets and The House of Mystery), and ravens.   
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Morpheus AKA Dream of The Endless is of a family of beings known as... well... The Endless.
The Endless are a family of anthropomorphic personifications.  That means they are living embodiments of certain concepts.  For example Morpheus / Dream’s older sister is Death.  She’s essentially the Grim Reaper.  
The family consists of Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and little Delirium (She used to be Delight but she went mad).  
Most of Sandman is the story of Morpheus and what happens to him.   The place to begin is Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes.  
  In this story Morpheus gets summoned and captured by early twentieth century occultists who had been trying to capture Death but got him by mistake.  He is kept locked in a windowless cellar in a crystalline cage for nearly a century. 
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 When he finally escapes he gets his revenge on the son of his original captor and then seeks out his tools that were taken from him when he was captured.  These tools include his pouch of dream sand (he is the Sandman after all), his helm (a battle helmet, though he rarely if ever goes into battle, made from a skull and spine of Old Gods and resembles a gas mask), and his rubly dreamstone amulet, which is a conduit for his power (like a wizard’s wand).  
The first storyline is Morpheus reclaiming these lost artifacts.   At one point this leads him to Hell, where he faces a demon who has gotten a hold of his helm.  The demon challenges him to a game of wits, creativity, and imagination as opposed to physical combat. 
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Morpheus used to be something of an asshole but he undergoes considerable character growth through the course of the series and becomes more and more compassionate.
Often he finds himself simply trying to set right the wrongs of his own past.  For example Sandman: Season of Mists starts with Morpheus reluctantly (he’s very afraid) going back to Hell to rescue a soul he wrongfully left there centuries before only to find that Lucifer is quitting (basis for the plot of the Fox / Netflix TV series). 
 Lucifer leaves Morpheus the key to Hell and now Morpheus must figure out what to do with it while The Dreaming (his realm) is bombarded with deities and beings of folklore who all want the key to Hell for themselves since it’s “Prime psychic real estate.”
The Sandman is strange.  It’s surreal and it’s beautiful.  Each volume of Sandman is drawn in a different art style.  There’s very little combat-style action or explosions though there is occasional horror and gore.  It’s more like a work of pure literature than any traditional idea of a comic book.     
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 The order Sandman should be read in is as follows:
1. The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes 2. The Sandman: The Doll’s House 3. The Sandman: Dream Country  4. The Sandman: Season of Mists 5. The Sandman: A Game of You 6. The Sandman: Fables and Reflections 7. The Sandman: Brief Lives 8. The Sandman: The Worlds’ End 9. The Sandman: The Kindly Ones 10. The Sandman: The Wake 11. The Sandman: Endless Nights 12. The Sandman: Dream Hunters (Available as prose or graphic novel form) 13. The Sandman: Overture (a very beautiful prequel)
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The Sandman can also be read in the Omnibus form (three volumes) or in the “Absolute editions” (There are six in all).  The Absolute editions are better than the omnibuses and physically easier to read (larger print) but they are more expensive.   
If you prefer audio books there is the new audio drama adaptation of The Sandman from Audible.   
There’s also Death (Deluxe edition), which technically can be read at any point, but two of the stories in it (Death: The High Cost of Living, and Death: The Time of your Life) have a few characters from The Sandman: A Game of You (and is definitely set after those events) so it probably should be read after that.
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markdelabeast · 3 years ago
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I'm reading the Sandman right now, and a character talking to Caesar praised him for giving the people cheap corn.
The Columbian exchange didn't occur for a millennium and a half. Literally unreadable. Sorry Neil, I can't continue reading this.
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thenightling · 3 years ago
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Morpheus to English translations (for those reading Sandman)
Morpheus AKA Dream of The Endless has his own language. It’s a simple enough language once you learn the basics.  Here are a few translations of Morpheus to English...
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“Perhaps.” - Yes.  Definitely yes.  Yes, but I don’t want to actually say the word “Yes” to this for various reasons, usually out of pride, sometimes something else, but usually pride.
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“You dare...” - The Morpheus equivalent of “I can’t even...” or various swear words.
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“I did not need rescuing.” - Thank you for rescuing me.
“I was doing perfectly well on my own.”  - I was NOT doing perfectly well on my own.  I was in deep shit.
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“I believe I was quite capable, given enough time, of rescuing myself.” - I have no idea how I was going to get out of that...
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“Petty hedge-magick.” - (Actual meaning: Novice or amateur spellcasting.) Morpheus meaning:  Something I woefully under-estimate. 
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“...help me... ...please...” - I am weak, defenseless, and completely at your mercy and if you nurse me back to health we shall never speak of this again and no one else will ever hear those words uttered from me. I am going to lose consciousness now.  Bye. 
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“After a fashion, I can.” - It’ll happen.  Might take me a few decades but it’ll happen. I can do it.  I will do it.  But I’ll be lazy about it.  Don’t rush me.
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“I mislike (insert random thing here)” - I hate this thing!
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“I feel cold.” or “It is cold.” - I am traumatized by what is currently happening.
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“What could possibly go wrong?”  - Equitable to Sarah saying “It’s a piece of cake.” in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.  It’s a statement made in over-confidence that leads to disaster.  He might as well say “Everything is about to go very, very, very, wrong.”  
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“I am perfectly self-sufficient.”  - Oh, God, I am so lonely!  Please, hold me.
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Bonus:
Daniel:
“I walked.” - You REALLY want me to sit here and explain the mechanics of interdimensional travel to you right here and now?  No.  This is easier.  And technically true.
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“Time to go for a walk.” - I have a mission. (or) I have to set right one of Morpheus’ many f--k ups.  Keep supper heated for me until I get back.  Also I’m being cryptic because of wibbly wobbly Timey Wimey... stuff. 
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marchempel2 · 4 months ago
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A fashionably face-masked foursome: Dream, Delirium, Desire, and Death of the Endless.
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kevinwada · 3 years ago
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Dream, Daniel Hall
The Sandman, 2017 commission
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red, white & royal blue, casey mcquiston / welcome to night vale, episode 92: if he had lived / into the unknown, idina menzel / xxviii, elisabeth hewer / spider-man: into the spiderverse, dir. peter ramsey, bob persichetti & rodney rothman / the sandman, neil gaiman
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