Last night, Neil Gaiman and DC Comics did their thing with a Sandman Overture live conversation with for an hour and a half with Neil and Junot Díaz, presented by Jim Lee. You can watch the whole thing here.
He talks about being a new dad, and looking back over 29 years of Sandman. And approaching Overture as not wanting it to be "the thing I did that made the other thing less" as he had seen other sequels do. And how he had real fear of death on a plane, carrying Dave McKean's artwork originals for Black Orchid and with three issues of Sandman written but not published – a week later the same flight would go down over Lockerbie.
He also received a special present from DC Comics for his birthday today, as well as a surprise birthday song from his wife Amanda Palmer – playing Metallica's Enter Sandman on the ukele and the kazoo… one hour twenty minutes in for that quite remarkable audio and visual treat.
Signed Sandman Overtures from the night are also available for purchase from Community Bookstore.