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Posts tagged sandman

Jul 29 '14
neil-gaiman:

fahrlight:

"If you need me, me and Neil’ll be hangin’ out with the dream king.
Neil says hi!”
DREAM from Sandman by neil-gaiman!

Oh Fahr!

neil-gaiman:

fahrlight:

"If you need me, me and Neil’ll be hangin’ out with the dream king.

Neil says hi!”

DREAM from Sandman by neil-gaiman!

Oh Fahr!

Jun 29 '14

mathisnicerwhensimpleas314159265 asked:

Neil, you've written a trans woman character in Sandman but the way the story develops makes it seem like you think trans women arent actual women. And well, considering what you said about your friend, im sure thats not the case. So... could you clarify things? (i hope this doesnt sound accusatory, thats not how i mean it)

neil-gaiman:

muchymozzarella:

monetizeyourcat:

neil-gaiman:

Why would you think that? I think the final page is absolutely clear on Wanda’s gender. And I hope the story is too.

Mostly, I found a lot of the stuff I was seeing in the late 80s from some feminist quarters really offensive, seeing them dismiss trans women as not real women, and decided that I wanted to put those attitudes into the story, which, from the title on, was about identity and how we create our own. So yes, there are god-like things in Sandman who do not see Wanda as a woman, just as Wanda’s family back in Kansas are not able not see her as a woman, but then, the narrative in Sandman is pretty clear that god-like things are just as likely to be screwed up, wrongheaded and mistaken as anyone else in the story. Wanda’s attitudes and responses to the Gods in the story are mine, although said much more pithily than I would have.

If I were writing it today, rather than in 1989, when there weren’t any Trans characters in comics, it would be a different story, I have no doubt. But that was the story I wrote in 1989. I got a fair amount of hate mail for putting a trans character in a mainstream comic, and I’m still proud of it, and of Wanda.

this is such a self-congratulatory retcon it disgusts me. when you write force majeure into your story and make it do value judgments, what in fuck’s name do you think people are going to take as the last word on a point of contention

also “there weren’t any trans characters in comics” maybe not the ones you and your boys’ club were writing you smug little shit

1. Neil Gaiman wrote more LGBTQIA characters into his 80s mainstream stories than most other writers do today. Mainstream.Keyword is mainstream. How many mainstream comics or media do you know today very actively portray transwomen as a major player in an arc or storyline? What about in the 80s? And when I say mainstream, I mean mainstream.

2. If you actually read the storyline, you’ll understand that Wanda remained Wanda even while the entire world was against her, the last insult being the name Alvin on her gravestone—promptly crossed out and replaced with Wanda by Barbie, who with the lipstick wrote the last word; the last word in writing being Wanda’s true name. 

3. Death, who was probably the most powerful being in existence and arguably the greatest of the Endless, knew completely and entirely who Wanda was—a woman. That was the final word, to trump all other words. Wanda was a woman, and no shitty gravestone marker, no intolerant families, and no evil cuckoos could say otherwise. 

That was my point of view too. Obviously, readers’ mileage varied and not everyone took that away from the story. But I think most people did. Or at least, I hope so.

Jun 29 '14

mathisnicerwhensimpleas314159265 asked:

Neil, you've written a trans woman character in Sandman but the way the story develops makes it seem like you think trans women arent actual women. And well, considering what you said about your friend, im sure thats not the case. So... could you clarify things? (i hope this doesnt sound accusatory, thats not how i mean it)

neil-gaiman:

Why would you think that? I think the final page is absolutely clear on Wanda’s gender. And I hope the story is too.

Mostly, I found a lot of the stuff I was seeing in the late 80s from some feminist quarters really offensive, seeing them dismiss trans women as not real women, and decided that I wanted to put those attitudes into the story, which, from the title on, was about identity and how we create our own. So yes, there are god-like things in Sandman who do not see Wanda as a woman, just as Wanda’s family back in Kansas are not able not see her as a woman, but then, the narrative in Sandman is pretty clear that god-like things are just as likely to be screwed up, wrongheaded and mistaken as anyone else in the story. Wanda’s attitudes and responses to the Gods in the story are mine, although said much more pithily than I would have.

If I were writing it today, rather than in 1989, when there weren’t any Trans characters in comics, it would be a different story, I have no doubt. But that was the story I wrote in 1989. I got a fair amount of hate mail for putting a trans character in a mainstream comic, and I’m still proud of it, and of Wanda.

May 29 '14

It’s been years and I still can’t resolve my love for Morpheus with my absolute disgust over his actions regarding Nada. *sigh*

Nov 29 '13
Jul 10 '13

Is it just me, or do I see two different posters of Sandman’s Death?

There’s also something that looks a bit like Raven.

(Source: skittle-happy-matt)

Jul 1 '13
modernpolymath:

laziestgirlintown:

One of the first images of Neil Gaiman’s return to The Sandman.
DC Entertainment’s Vertigo Reveals Details Surrounding Neil Gaiman’s Highly Anticipated Return to THE SANDMAN - See more at: http://www.vertigocomics.com/blog/2013/07/01/dc-entertainments-vertigo-reveals-details-surrounding-neil-gaimans-highly#sthash.BD24KAQU.dpuf

OH MY GOD. WHAT?!!?!?!? HOW HAD I NOT HEARD OF THIS YET!?!?!

Another Sandman fan? :D

modernpolymath:

laziestgirlintown:

One of the first images of Neil Gaiman’s return to The Sandman.

DC Entertainment’s Vertigo Reveals Details Surrounding Neil Gaiman’s Highly Anticipated Return to THE SANDMAN - See more at: http://www.vertigocomics.com/blog/2013/07/01/dc-entertainments-vertigo-reveals-details-surrounding-neil-gaimans-highly#sthash.BD24KAQU.dpuf

OH MY GOD. WHAT?!!?!?!? HOW HAD I NOT HEARD OF THIS YET!?!?!

Another Sandman fan? :D

Jul 1 '13
laziestgirlintown:

One of the first images of Neil Gaiman’s return to The Sandman.
DC Entertainment’s Vertigo Reveals Details Surrounding Neil Gaiman’s Highly Anticipated Return to THE SANDMAN - See more at: http://www.vertigocomics.com/blog/2013/07/01/dc-entertainments-vertigo-reveals-details-surrounding-neil-gaimans-highly#sthash.BD24KAQU.dpuf

laziestgirlintown:

One of the first images of Neil Gaiman’s return to The Sandman.

DC Entertainment’s Vertigo Reveals Details Surrounding Neil Gaiman’s Highly Anticipated Return to THE SANDMAN - See more at: http://www.vertigocomics.com/blog/2013/07/01/dc-entertainments-vertigo-reveals-details-surrounding-neil-gaimans-highly#sthash.BD24KAQU.dpuf
May 3 '13
thehappysorceress:

A Better Place by Elizabeth Torque
Magic Monday

thehappysorceress:

A Better Place by Elizabeth Torque

Magic Monday

Apr 23 '13

theartofanimation:

Andrew Mar

That fourth one is Sandman fanart! Had to check their gallery to see the title (Sound of Her Wings) and the details on the piece, but yeah. This makes me really happy. ^^