In case anyone was curious, this is the Variety clip from October 6, 2003:
REDRAWING THE LIST
DC Comics’ graphic novel The Sandman: Endless Nights debuted last week at No. 20 for hardcover fiction on the New York Times Best-Sellers List. Ranking marks the first time ever an American comicbook publisher has earned a spot on the list. The novel by Neil Gaiman, released Sept. 17, is a collection of seven dark short stories — one each for the Endless siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, Destiny and Dream.
Similar news leads off Douglas Wolk’s article on DC and Marvel from the October 20th Publishers Weekly. Also included in Publishers Weekly’s special report on graphic novels was the fact that on their list of bestselling graphic novels for 2003, Endless Nights is at #2.
Neil’s reading at the Equitable Center was one of the top 5 picks from the New York Is Book Country Festival, according to the September 22th edition of New York magazine.
Dorman T. Shindler reported the following review as part of a Halloween roundup in the October 22 St. Louis Post Dispatch:
Shadows Over Baker Street, edited by Michael Reeves and John Pelan (Ballantine Books, Del Rey/446 pages/$23.95), is one of those high-concept anthologies that actually works. This one mixes Sherlock Holmes with Lovecraftian themes and stories: the end result is a hackle-raising read full of wonderful twists on these literary legends. Hot-ticket writer Neil Gaiman contributes A Study in Emerald, a case involving a royal assassination and the first meeting of Holmes and his nemesis, Moriarty; “The Drowned Geologist” by Caitlin R. Kiernan manages to pull allusions to the Dracula legend into this unusual literary fold; and the sadly underrated F. Gwynplaine McIntyre inserts a bit of levity into the goings-on with “The Adventure of Exham Priory.” All of the offerings are first class, and many of the stories are quite playful: one tale is narrated by H.G. Wells; another features Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s brother (“Art in the Blood,” by Brian Stableford). Imaginative plotting, lots of moodiness – courtesy of Lovecraft and his universe – and an air of devil-may-care all add up to make this thematic anthology an adventurous and creepy undertaking.
From the October 20th ICv2:
Diamond Select Toys has announced the impending release of a series of statues based on Neil Gaiman’s 1602 mini-series from Marvel Comics. The first figure in the series will be Dr. Strange sculpted by Andy Bergholtz with direction supplied by 1602 artist Andy Kubert. The 1602 Dr. Strange Neil Gaiman Special Edition statue will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by Gaiman. The special edition figure will be strictly limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide.
The central conceit of Neil Gaiman’s 1602 mini-series is that the Marvel Universe began some 360 years earlier in Elizabethan England. Gaiman, the awarding-winning author of American Gods and creator of the modern Sandman series (including the hugely successful Sandman: Endless Nights hardcover), has been associated with a number of very successful resin statues editions, which featured characters from his Sandman series.