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Even as Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is revived at DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, the fantasy writer’s prose work continues to be adapted into comics at Dark Horse Comics. The publisher has announced a new graphic novel anthology, Likely Stories, featuring work by longtime Gaiman collaborator Mark Buckingham.
The book will feature Buckingham — who has worked with Gaiman on the critically acclaimed Miracleman, in addition to his long run on Fables with writer Bill Willingham — adapting four prose stories by Gaiman: “Looking for the Girl,” “Foreign Parts,” “Closing Time” and “Feeders and Eaters.” All four were previously adapted for television by Sky TV under the title Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories in 2016.
Calling the project “an irresistible challenge,” Buckingham said in a statement that the comic book collection — based on Gaiman’s original material, rather than the TV adaptations — will bring new material to the work. “This will be quite a different experience to people’s previous encounters with these tales,” he explained. “I knew I wanted this to read as a cohesive whole, rather than a set of short stories, so I have woven them together, Into a single narrative, linking them all to the Diogenes late-night drinking club that plays such an important role in the ‘Closing Time’ story.”
The anthology also will feature a reunion of sorts. “Not all of these stories were new to me,” Buckingham said. “‘Feeders and Eaters’ started life as a comic strip Neil and I created for a U.K. publisher way back in 1990. When Neil revisited it as a prose story a few years later, he added a lot of depth and richness, which opened up new narrative possibilities. Ever since then I have been eager to take another shot at it myself.”
Likely Stories will be released Aug. 29 in comic book stores and Sept. 11 in bookstores.
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