Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Sandman collection

The Sandman was a DC/Vertigo comic book that ran for 75 issues. It was written by Neil Gaiman and featured personifications of Dream, Death, Delerium (formerly Delight), Despair, Destiny, Desire and Destruction. These 7 "Endless" were siblings and the oldest things that exist in the universe. It's a fantastic series, and rather than tracking down the original comic books, I decided to collect something much rarer: the hardcover first printings of the graphic novels. These books are much harder to track down than the individual issues, especially the Seasons of Mist one and the 2 Death miniseries hardcovers. Included with the Sandman books are a few more softcover trades (all first printings) which were never released as hardcover editions. These include other books either by Neil Gaiman or within the Sandman mythos:

I have the collection on display surrounded by a giant reproduction of Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights". (Thanks go out to my pals Erich Orser and Rebecca Roka for helping me convert a dart board cabinet into a beautiful reproduction of that amazing work!) 

The books are flanked by the ultra-rare large sized Sandman bookends and two porcelain mini figures of Dream and Death:

To finish off this post, here's a photo of me, Jesse, and Sandman author Neil Gaiman at Sundance back in 2005:


  1. LOL for a minute there thought that was a picture of my shelf. I have the exact same bookends and 2 figures.