Sandman is one of the books that really defined my reading material in a certain period of my life, namely the shiftless post high school college dabbling period. So it’s a book that is near and dear to my heart. One thing that’s interesting is that it’s always had a reputation as a “girl-friendly” comic in that there are realistic humans depicted in it. In my (admittedly limited) experience what’s generally happened is I hand over a copy of say, for example Dream Country, thinking, “Yeah that’s got the Shakespeare story and the cat story… Those are great and everyone should read and like them!” And then the girlfriend reads Calliope and is horrified and throws things at me. Another similar experience happened to me when lending out a book of Gaiman short stories. There was one that had an abortion theme, and it just did not end well. I think things were throw in that argument as well.
Anyways, the point of this post is that it has been a long time since I cracked open those Sandman books, and OMG it’s been almost 20 years since issue one was published? Where does the time go? And anyways, my current girlfriend has not had the pleasure of reading the series, and I really think it’s time in our relationship when we need to take that step. Also, I don’t think she would throw things at me.