There is an intriguing insight into the creative process available to comics fans on the web at the moment. The far-too-incredibly-gifted Neil Gaiman mentioned on his journal that the equally gifted Michael Zulli who provided the gorgeous illustrations for the Wake chapters of the Sandman (among many other works) has tired of being asked to draw Morpheus. So, Neil reports, Michael has decided to do one final portrait of the Shaper of Dreams – but he has given fans the rather pleasant surprise of sharing the process of the painting online, where he is posting the stages of this final Morpheus work as it progresses.
Also on the Neil Gaiman front the UK and US covers for his forthcoming Anansi Boys novel have been revealed. The UK edition is due in hardback from Headline (who published the fantastic American Gods) this autumn. All this and MirrorMask to look forward to as well (Neil thinks it may be late 2005 now but a bigger release than previously thought) – are you excited yet? Naturally we’ll be doing our best to bring you the best books and merchandise as they become available (although you may have to prise them from our hands – we’re fans too you know!).
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A little closer to publication (May) though is the Batman Cover to Cover hardback from DC which contains a number of tales from various authors including, yes you guessed it, Neil Gaiman, while Michael Zulli is one of the artists featured in the forthcoming Grendel: Red, Black and White collection.