Dream Country (Sandman Book III) - Neil Gaiman et al.

This book was a little shorter, and the stories in it involved Morpheus a little more obliquely. One notable feature was the script for the first story, "Calliope." Neil Gaiman is a very hands-on writer, stating how many panels he wants on a page, what he sees the characters doing, what's in the room around them, and even makes allowances for where the ad pages will be in a magazine, and how that will change when the series is collected into a book (such as this). It makes for an interesting read, comparing the script and Gaiman's descriptions to the actual comic, and provides one look at how to write for comics. (Although he does emphasize that this is only one way to do it, and other writers use different methods.)

Fed to jonathan's brain | December 12, 2002