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Quote of the Day | ‘All I wanted was not to be canceled’

sandman house ad“It was terrifying. It was really, really scary. It was mostly really scary because — at the beginning of writing Sandman, nobody expected anything. All I wanted was not to be canceled. Back then, DC Comics had a really nice system, where they would give you a year to save face for everybody. So I knew I had twelve issues, and I loved the fact that I had my twelve issues. That was great! All I wanted was not to be canceled at the end of issue twelve, not to get the phone call.

Back then, I wasn’t nervous. Nobody was looking, nobody cared. Since then, “Sandman” has sold millions upon millions upon millions of graphic novels. You have a generation that grew up reading them, and then a younger generation that got infected. Now, I will do signings and it’s kind of weird that I’ll be signing copies of “Sandman” graphic novels for people who were not born when the first issues came out.”

Neil Gaiman, on sitting down to write the six-issue Sandman: Overture

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I don’t think they a title 12 issues any more at Vertigo unless if it’s not selling, like Trigger, The Minx, the recent series set in New Orleans etc.

Folks, my previous post was written in haste so please forgive the errors, what it should have said was:

“I don’t think they give a title 12 issues any more at Vertigo if it’s not selling, like Trigger, The Minx, the recent series set in New Orleans etc.”

Twelve issues. A year, to give it what efforts you can.

Who gets that nowadays? Who’d be willing to let a publisher give a creative team that now?

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