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The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales

The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales
By Bill Willingham (writer/artist), Shawn McManus, Mark Buckingham, Albert Monteys, Duncan Fegredo, Kevin Nowlan, Jason Little, Niko Henrichon, Peter Gross, Daniel Torres, Paul Pope, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Phil Jimenez, Adam Hughes, Linda Medley, Marc Laming, Zander Cannon with Andrew Pepoy, John Stokes and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2003

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401201008

Synopsis from publisher:
Collecting FABLES writer Bill Willingham’s assorted tales of the Dreaming, originally presented in THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: MERV PUMPKINHEAD, AGENT OF D.R.E.A.M., THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DREAMS…BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK #1, THE DREAMING #55 and the 4-issue miniseries THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE THESSALIAD.

Notes:
This publication is a collection of various issues from comic book one-shots, mini-series and series featuring characters from the comic book series The Sandman. All reprinted material was written by Bill Willingham.

The comic book one-shot The Sandman Presents: Merv Pumpkinhead, Agent of D.R.E.A.M. #1 was illustrated by Mark Buckingham and John Stokes.

The comic book one-shot The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams… But Were Afraid To Ask #1 consisted of eight short stories by various artists. The first story was illustrated by Albert Monteys. The second was by Duncan Fegredo. The third was by Kevin Nowlan. The fourth, sixth and eighth was by Jason Little. The fifth was by Mark Buckingham. The seventh was by Niko Henrichon.

The Dreaming #55 consisted of several sequences by various artists. The framing sequence (first two pages and final page) was illustrated by Peter Gross. The remaining sequences were illustrated by Daniel Torres, Paul Pope, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Phil Jimenez, Bill Willingham with Adam Hughes and Linda Medley, Marc Laming with John Stokes, Zander Cannon and Albert Monteys.

The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad issue #1 was illustrated by Shawn McManus. Issues #2 to #4 were drawn by Shawn McManus and Andrew Pepoy.

The cover painted by Dave McKean was originally used as the cover for The Dreaming #55

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: Merv Pumpkinhead, Agent of D.R.E.A.M. #1 (2000)
  2. The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams… But Were Afraid To Ask #1 (2001)
  3. The Dreaming #55 (2000)
  4. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #1 (2002)
  5. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #2 (2002)
  6. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #3 (2002)
  7. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #4 (2002)
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The Dreaming: Through the Gates of Horn and Ivory

The Dreaming: Through the Gates of Horn and Ivory
By Jeff Nicholson (writer/artist), Peter Hogan, Caitlin Kiernan (writers), Gary Amaro, Peter Doherty, Paul Lee and Chris Weston with D’Israeli and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released February 1999

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563894939

Synopsis from publisher:
THE DREAMING: THROUGH THE GATES OF HORN AND IVORY is a collection of dark tales about the inhabitants of the subconscious world. When people sleep, they enter the Dreaming, a magical realm populated by fantastical beings and creatures. Equally burdened and blessed by human emotions and motivations, these entities each play a role in their world and the world of reality. Depicting stories of redemption, salvation, freedom, peace, and tragedy, this thought-provoking book features the adventures of the caretaker of the Dreaming, a cursed raven, the librarian of dreams, the biblical Eve, and a sadistic being obsessed with eyeballs.

Notes:
This publication is the second, and so far, final collection of The Dreaming comic book series. Issue #15 was written and illustrated by Jeff Nicholson. Issue #16 was written by Peter Hogan and illustrated by Gary Amaro. Issues #17 to #19 were written by Caitlin Kiernan and illustrated by Peter Doherty. Issue #19 was also illustrated by D’Israeli. Issues #22 to #24 were written by Kiernan and illustrated by Paul Lee. Issue #25 was written by Hogan and illustrated by Chris Weston. The cover was created by Dave McKean.

This collection omits issues #20 and #21, written and illustrated by Al Davison. This series continued until 2001 with issue #60. Those issues have not yet been collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. The Dreaming #15 (1997)
  2. The Dreaming #16 (1997)
  3. The Dreaming #17 (1997)
  4. The Dreaming #18 (1997)
  5. The Dreaming #19 (1997)
  6. The Dreaming #22 (1998)
  7. The Dreaming #23 (1998)
  8. The Dreaming #24 (1998)
  9. The Dreaming #25 (1998)

The Dreaming Vol. 1: Beyond the Shores of Night

The Dreaming Vol. 1: Beyond the Shores of Night
By Terry LaBan, Peter Hogan, Alisa Kwitney (writer), Peter Snejbjerg, Steve Parkhouse and Michael Zulli with Dick Giordano and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released February 1998

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563893932

Synopsis from publisher:
Beyond the shores of night, there lies the kingdom of The Sandman… a vast, unmapped realm of dreams where you can find ancient myths and modern nightmares, as well as the landscape of a thousand fables and some very personal hells. Come take a tour of the Dreaming in this collection of three stories: Meet a runaway gargoyle who is much more than she appears; then take an unexpected detour in the woods in 1950 and find yourself awake in the strange world of the 1990s; and finish with an excursion to the House of Mystery, where a long-lost relative has just dropped by for dinner. This is the Dreaming, and here there be dragons, and gargoyles, and the answer to that eternal question: “Now, what could that bizarre dream have meant?”

Notes:
The first collection of The Dreaming comic book series. Issues #1 to #3 were written by Terry LaBan and illustrated by Peter Snejbjerg. Issues #4 to #7 were written by Peter Hogan and illustrated by Steve Parkhouse. Dick Giordano provides inks for issue #7. Issue #8 was written by Alisa Kwitney and illustrated by Michael Zulli. The cover was created by Dave McKean and was originally used as the cover to issue #1.

Issues #9 to #14 of The Dreaming, by writers Bryan Talbot and Terry LaBan and artists Dave Taylor, Peter Doherty and Jill Thompson, have not yet been collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. The Dreaming #1 (1996)
  2. The Dreaming #2 (1996)
  3. The Dreaming #3 (1996)
  4. The Dreaming #4 (1996)
  5. The Dreaming #5 (1996)
  6. The Dreaming #6 (1996)
  7. The Dreaming #7 (1996)
  8. The Dreaming #8 (1997)

The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake

The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Michael Zulli, Jon J. Muth and Charles Vess with Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 1997

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892790

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Cover price: $29.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892871

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
In the last chapter of the SANDMAN saga, the Endless and all the dreamers come to celebrate the life and mourn the passing of the King of Dreams.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
A groundbreaking and award-winning epic that masterfully creates a modern myth of dark fantasy, the Sandman series tells the tale of Morpheus, the King of Dreams. As a being of infinite power, Morpheus has ruled over the realm of the dreaming since the beginning of time. But now after a tragic fall, Morpheus is no more. In the touching and final chapter of this fantastical legend, friends, siblings, enemies and lovers gather to mourn and honor the fallen Lord. Realistically depicting the feelings of loss and despair associated with death, THE SANDMAN: THE WAKE is an emotional tale of remembrance and rebirth.

Notes:
The tenth and final collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Art was created by Michael Zulli except for issue #74 by Jon J. Muth and issue #75 by Charles Vess. The cover was created by Dave McKean.
This publication also includes 3 “lost” pages that were first printed in The Dreaming #8. The sequence takes place after page 16 of Sandman #72 but is printed in the correct sequence in this publication.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #70 (1995)
  2. Sandman #71 (1995)
  3. Sandman #72 (1995)
  4. The Dreaming #8 (1997) (3-page “lost” Sandman sequence only)
  5. Sandman #73 (1995)
  6. Sandman #74 (1996)
  7. Sandman #75 (1996)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Mikal Gilmore