So I'll chunter through them quickly --
Whether you know it or not, the hot internet rumor right now is that you will take over New X-Men when Grant Morrison leaves with #154. I'm not sure how it started, but most people are pretty convinced, care to comment now so I don't have to bug you on August 8th(can't wait for that, by the way)?
Sure. It's bollocks.
The contract between Marvel and Marvels and Miracles (the company that I formed to help sort out the Miracleman rights situation) calls for me to do two projects for them. 1602 was the first. The second hasn't been completely decided yet -- although I had a conversation with Avi Arad just before San Diego that made us both pretty happy. When I'm certain what it is, there will be an announcement, and I'll try and make sure that the announcement happens more than a month before shipping...
I thought I'd clarified this for Rich Johnston's rumour column, but obviously I hadn't done it solidly enough.
Curious people want to know (or at least this curious person does), what TV channel has asked you to host their Halloween horror fest?
-fingers crossed - Please say it's not some local Minneapolis channel which I can't get in Denver....
No, it's a national cable channel. When it's definite I'll post the details.
I remember you saying a while ago that you were so fed up with the quality of Sandman scripts you were recieving that you stopped considering them altogether. I was wondering if this was still the case. Also, if you are willing to still consider scripts, do they have to be from writers who have had movies made in the past? Do you bother with amateur or fan scripts? And, finally, where would submissions of this sort be sent to?
Curious first time screenwriter,
Sandman movie scripts don't come to me -- they go to (and come from) Warners, who control the Sandman film rights. What you're remembering was me grumbling about the quality of scripts coming from the film's producers. Here's a review from Ain't It Cool News of the last one.
And I'm always the wrong person to send any kind of script to. Honest.
Thought you would find this amusing.
Puff pastry mistaken for explosives by French officials.
Also, we received our copies of Wolves this morning. I have indeed trained my inventory gang well. I was paged immediately & handed a copy fresh off the skid.
I did find it amusing....
Tori's chef is a really nice man and excellent cook named Duncan Pickford. (He gave me the ginger-and-honey drink recipe that got me through the reading of the whole of Coraline last year.) He's going to be launching a cooking and health and so on website pretty soon. For now, there's a pilot site up at Duncsdiner.com. He's got a pre-site-launch prize draw going on... check it out.
A little bit of good news on the CBLDF front, with the fight against several proposed laws, info up at http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/3213.html.... While Chuck Rozanski's terrific impromptu speech after becoming the first (but not, I hope, the last) retailer to be awarded the CBLDF's "DEFENDER OF LIBERTY" award is up at http://www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com/news/105957992591614.htm.
Have the Neverwhere DVDs been pushed back a month or so, or am I hallucinating again? When I preorderd them from aande.com last month, I could have sworn it said "Will ship on [some date in late July], one month before retail availability," but now it says "Will ship on August 11, one month before retail availability." What's up?
I think they're now shipping at the beginning of September.
I've been dying to read your graphic novels for years now. I just couldn't choose which ones to start off with. I finally went to the library and checked out everything, but was always missing the starting issue; Preludes and Nocturnes. Do I need to read the Sandman series in order? Or am I being very anal about reading them in order? I read DreamHunters and loved it. The Sandman series has attracted me for years, but because I am more of a reader of words, I went out and bought my own copies of Coraline, American Gods, and Good Omens. I am most fascinated by Coraline and your upcoming Wolves book. Perhaps I am a newbie to existance of you, but I'd really like to know how you progressed from such 'mature' material to the same sorts of 'mature' material but for a more innocent or on the cusp of being less innocent audience? I am a big fan of Francesca Lia Block as well as Lemony Snicket. And now, you have a place on my bookshelf next to them for years to come. (This is meant as a compliment by the way.)
Oh and I most enjoyed your entries about Holly's college decision. That's just beyond words what she did. I think it was fantastic how she chose.
Anyways, I shall immerse myself in Coraline now.
-Dee (Los Angeles)
You can probably start reading Sandman anywhere except the end -- I'd not start with The Kindly Ones or The Wake. I'm still figuring out what I'm doing in Preludes, so, while it contains a lot of important stuff, and several good stories, Sandman doesn't really feel entirely like Sandman until the second book, The Doll's House, anyway.
In many ways the new Sandman book, Endless Nights, is a good place to start, even if you don't know who all these people are yet, and even though it will be a different book if you go back to it after you've read the other ten books...
I was just reshelving our copy of American Gods, and thought I'd share a small bit of a story with you. My wife and I read American Gods together immediately after it came out. She and I were travelling through Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at the time. When we realized how much of the book took place in our vacation spots (with a climax not too far from our home town of Lawrence, Kansas,) the mantra of our trip became "Let's do what Shadow did!"
Shadow made an excellent tour guide, I believe. If nothing else, I owe him (and you) for introducing me to Culver's butterburgers. My vegetarian wife does not appreciate the wonderful greasiness, but I'm a fan.
So . . . your novel has become an indelible part of our marital history. I just thought you might like to know.
P.S.: Now that I think about it, my first serious girlfriend and I bonded over Sandman. I'd buy two copies each month - one for me, and one to mail off to her. What is it with you and my love life?
No idea, but I'm pleased I've been able to help it along. I love the idea of using American Gods as a travel book. I'd love to know how many people turn up at The House on the Rock wondering if it's going to be as odd as the one in the book, and finding it even odder....
And a few final oddments:
Does this news story mean that the Secret Service will in future be investigating High School productions of Sondheim's Assassins?
Hey pal -- feelin' blue?
Don't know what to do?
Hey, pal --
I mean you--
C'mere and kill a president.
No job? Cupboard bare?
One room, no one there?
Hey, pal, don't despair --
You wanna shoot a president?
C'mon and shoot a president...
There's an excellent informal Dave McKean site here at http://dreamline.nu/updates/
Jill Thompson is doing some commissions (and selling her Death Manga pages) at http://www.comicbookpros.com/thompson/commissions.html
And you can read Jeff Zaleski's Publishers Weekly article here, at least for a while. The photo of me is from the MirrorMask set, having stumbled back downstairs from the impromptu haircut.