Endless nights (and 2 other things from last week)
My very first comic book (graphic novel?) was Endless Nights – and I wanted it only because it’s written by Neil Gaiman. In fact, I’ve wanted all the Sandman collection for quite a while, but when I was about to get started on it, I found out that the first 3 volumes were not available in the store. Sure, I’ll be ordering them soon, but in the meantime, a friend got me Endless Nights as a birthday present. And I have to say – I’m not so sure it was a good idea 😀 . I completely loved the book, but now that I’ve had a taste of it, I want Sandman even more 😉
Endless Nights is composed of 7 chapters, each dealing with one of the Endless, and each illustrated by a different artist. My favorite was the chapter about Dream – how he falls in love with a mortal only to get his heart broken, a story told by Sol (the sun) to a still sleeping Earth, with art by Miguelanxo Prado. Delirium and Despair – while harder to follow and less…comicbooky in design (some of the portraits of Despair feel more like standalone paintings than anything else ) are perfectly chosen to illustrate the two states – anthropomorphized or not. All in all, a very, very pleasant surprise.
On a purely nostalgic-for-my-childhood note (and completely unrelated to anything else), 1976-2009 – is just too short a time for a life.
And now, for something completely different: since around this time we are celebrating 40 years of Monty Python, I thought I’d leave you with one of my favorite sketches (actually, hard to pick just one 😀 )