If Ideas Had Shapes

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Mikal Gilmore – intro to The Sandman, vol. 10 (1996)

…and it’s Dream’s recognition of his shortcomings that finally allows him to win whatever redemption he pulls off–that makes him, finally, a real hero. Heroes, remember, weren’t always very nice folks. In fact, many of the classical ones–not to mention quite a few of the real-life historical ones–were vain, murderous, or otherwise interestingly fucked-up. The idea of the uncomplicated hero … is a fairly modern-day work of misfortune.

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Mikal Gilmore – intro to The Sandman, vol. 10 (1996)

(I also realize that my ideas might run strongly contrary to Gaiman’s own view of Dream, but that’s only a further testament to how well Neil has done his job: when you create characters and a storyscape that occupy somebody else’s imagination, you lose the sole authority to determine how that work resounds in others’ dreams.)

Mikal Gilmore – intro to The Sandman, vol. 10 (1996)

Which is to say, sure, you could see the modern-day sensibility in it all–the fun subterfuge of deities and comics characters sharing the same space, the same dilemmas. At the same time, it was as if you had discovered a timeless trove of fascinating lost legends and mysteries: missing vellums that revealed how so many different peoples shared so many similar patterns of fable and providence in their disparate histories of storytelling.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 9 (1996)

Dream: Facets, Matthew. Each facet catches the light in its own way. It glints and sparkles and flashes uniquely. It would almost be possible to believe that the facet was the jewel; not just a tiny part of it. But, then, as we move the jewel another facet catches the light…

Matthew: So? What’s your point?

Dream: My point? I have no point, Matthew, save for the jewel, and the facets, and the light. We see an aspect of the whole. But the facet is not the jewel…

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 9 (1996)

We do what we do, because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 9 (1996)

“You’re not telling that old story again?”

“Even the oldest stories are new to somebody…”

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 9 (1996)

“If you had stayed with us, we could have given you life until death.”

“Don’t I get that anyway?”

“That’s what we liked about you. You were so funny.”

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 9 (1996)

Corinthian: And I am the Corinthian. With me by your side you will be safe from all other harm, bird.

Matthew: Is that meant to be reassuring?

(Next frame: the Corinthian grins, with all 3 sets of teeth.)

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 9 (1996)

Can I have more water, please? My hair drank most of it.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 9 (1996)

If you go looking for the Ladies…well, I don’t know that that’s such a good idea. You might find them.