Samuel R. Delaney – preface to The Sandman, vol. 5 (1993)
It seems to me what Gaiman is saying, with the help of the artists who draw the pictures, is that, in the rich, complex, and socially constructed world around us, you cannot ultimately be what—or who—you want to be without some support from me. …
We’re not talking simple altruism, here. We’re talking about something much deeper, that allows individuals to exist; we’re talking about the hidden, shifting; undersea reefs on which every individual stands—rocks that so rarely show clear above the tides of illusion and desire. That’s the support we mean, and it always begins in something outside the self.