Neil Gaiman

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Black Orchid

Story by . . . . . . Neil Gaiman
Art by . . . . . . . . Dave McKean

From Goodreads:

By the acclaimed writer of THE SANDMAN LIBRARY. Consider the orchid: exotic, intoxicating and rare. Consider Black Orchid: a demigoddess in search of her own identity. The flowerlike result of a scientific experiment, the Black Orchid must reconcile her human memories with her botanical origins.

 

Our hosts for this episode are Kit DeForge, Joe Preti, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Daredevil: Love and War.

We’re inviting everyone to listen in to our recording session live. Join us on May 18 at 8:15 PM (PDT), and add your comments to our discussion.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Becca Levendowski, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Free Country: A Tale from the Children’s Crusade, written by Jamie Delano, Alisa Kwitney, Toby Litt, and Neil Gaiman with art by Peter Snejbjerg, Mike Barreiro, Chris Bachalo, and Peter Gross. Whew, what a mouthful!

According to wikipedia legend—O Best Beloved—this series was originally published as The Children’s Crusade in 1993 as two 1-shot issues written by Neil Gaiman, which were to bookend a story told through the Annual issues of five ongoing Vertigo series. However, due to reasons (which are several and varied) many of the annual issues only touched on the intended story tangentially, and due to its general incoherence it was never collected.

Free Country: A Tale from the Children’s Crusade, released in 2015, discards the annual issues with a brand new middle to Children’s Crusade #1 & 2, written by Toby Litt, along with additional pages that fill in other gaps within those issues.

The series follows the first case of The Dead Boy Detectives, Edwin and Charles (introduced in the pages of The Sandman), who are tasked with finding a missing child. Children have, in fact, been disappearing all over the world and in great numbers. They soon discover that the children are being taken to Free Country, a mysterious neverland free from the tyranny and abuse of adults.

But all is not well, even in Free Country, and Edwin and Charles must race against time to stop a nefarious plot that could alter the fate of the world (or something to that effect).

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated The Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born, Death Vigil, Bitch Planet, The Question: The Five Books of Blood, and Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is The Question: The Five Books of Blood.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit Deforge, and Cade Reynolds.

Welcome to our new Halloween bonus series, Tales from the Gutter. For the month of October we will be focusing each week on a different genre of horror/spooky comic.

This week we take a look at horror comics geared towards younger readers. To start our discussion, we each read Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol, Coraline by Neil Gaiman and adapted/illustrated by P. Craig Russel and Bad Island by Doug TenNapel. 

Our hosts for this episode were Kayleigh Fleeman, Kirbotron 2000, Kit Deforge, Cade Reynolds and special guest Levi Fleeman.

The Long Run takes place outside of our normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series.

After recording our episode on The Sandman, we found that some of our hosts had more yet to say about this incredible work. So here we are again for a short addendum to our regular episode. If you have not listened to it already, please listen to episode 11 of The Long Run before this episode.

Our hosts on this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Kit DeForge.

The Long Run takes place outside of our normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series. In this episode of The Long Run we talk about The Sandman, created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg.

First published in 1989 and running through 1996, The Sandman was part of the British invasion of comics in the 80s, and was foundational to the creation of Vertigo as an imprint of DC along with titles such as John Constantine: Hellblazer and Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing. It was also a hugely important work in the evolution of mainstream American comics, and its influence is still felt strongly today in works like Loki: Agent of Asgard.

It begins with Dream of The Endless—also known as Morpheus, the King of Dreams—being imprisoned in a bottle for most of the 20th Century, followed by his eventual escape and return to power. In the 75 issues which follow Gaiman explores the lives of Morpheus and his siblings; the nature of dreams, stories, and myths; and the way in which those stories impact the lives of human beings.

It’s an extraordinarily contemplative work which will be rewarding to the close reader, and often appears on “best of…” lists of all types.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Akira, the manga written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Cade Reynolds.

1602

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is Neil Gaiman’s 1602. This series has an interesting origin, in that Gaiman agreed to work for Marvel in part to fund his legal dispute with Todd McFarlane over rights to the character MiracleMan—which is itself a story.

Penned with inimitable style by Andy Kubert and digitally painted by Richard Isanove, 1602 is the tale of the Marvel Universe transposed onto the backdrop of the European Renaissance. Characters like Dr. Strange and Nick Fury slide almost perfectly into their old roles, while elsewhere the Inquisition hunts for Charles Xaiver Carlos Jaiver and his “witchbreed” students, and a poor blind minstrel sings ballads of the “Four of the Fantastick”.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Old City Blues, Samurai: Heaven and Earth, Fray, Blacksad, and Daredevil, Vol. 1 for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Blacksad.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Eric Manix, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.