The Overture

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Spoiler disclaimer: this post discusses certain events in The Sandman (although it doesn’t divulge the ending). The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s seminal dark fantasy graphic novel series, which ran 76 issues from January 1989 to March 1996, is finally over. It might seem strange…

Sandman : Handful of Dust

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Image from empireonline.com ? When a young Neil Gaiman first approached Vertigo comics about The Sandman, he was pitching a simple revival of the 70s series of the same name by Joe Simon and Jack “The King” Kirby. But DC editor Karen Berger…

A Good Land for Myths

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
Throughout Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods, many different characters state that “America is a bad land for gods.”  The novel argues that when many beliefs sail across the ocean to reach our continent, they struggle to survive. While I cannot say whether…

No Capes! An Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels of the Non-Superhero Variety

Originally posted on University of Toronto's One & Only Genre Journal:
If you’ve read my previous articles for The Spectatorial, you may have picked up on the fact that I like comic books. I think the graphic novel is a fantastic vehicle with which to tell or devour stories. But there is one thing…