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I’ve updated all 8 Sandman Mystery Theatre books, added a header and description for Sandman Wesley Dodds.

I’ve also updated the description for the all purpose “Sandman” tag, which already had a header image I made from a picture of Dodds and Dream.

I’ve created a “The Endless” tag to be used to indicate any member of that pantheon. Dream and The Endless now both have header pictures.

Most of these tag lists are in no way complete right now, but they’ll fill in. I’ve tagged Dream and The Endless on all the Neil Gaiman ongoing collections, at least.

I uploaded a picture for Neil Gaiman‘s header, which makes him the first creator with a picture up! Creator lists are a long way from being done (once enough books are fully tagged and hit up with the chronological sorting info, the creator lists will be chronological by collected contents, instead of by the recommended reading order as they are now.)

Perhaps those sandman books will be my next update. I’ll see how much I can get into tonight. (decided to save the next Jonah Hex review for sometime tomorrow.. although I guess it’s this morning now!)

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  1. avatar daemonicragnorak wrote on at November 23, 2010 7:07 am:

    Hey Ian

    Been enjoying all your reviews recently and it is taking all my inner strength to not buy something each time you recommend them.
    Just one quick question I want to ask, will the Sandman Mystery Theatre be added to the Vertigo imprint at any point. He makes a cameo appearance in Madame Xanadu and in some of the Neil Gaiman material.

    DR

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    avatar Ian replied on November 23rd, 2010 at 7:11 am:

    Is it not on the vertigo listing already? If so, that’s a total mistake. Let me go see what’s up and get right back to you. Thanks for the heads up!

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    avatar Ian replied on November 23rd, 2010 at 7:15 am:

    Fixed! Not sure why I forgot that, but it should be better now.

    Thanks for pointing it out and I hope you always feel free to comment if you notice anything I’ve missed.

    and thanks, by the way, about the reviews – It’s always nice to know people are reading. I’m amazed that I manage to spew so much out on each book, when I sit down I usually feel like I won’t have much to say, but then bam, I have to hold myself back from going near 2000 words. It’s crazy. Sometimes I feel like I should cut them down because there’s no way anyone would read that much random ranting about a single book, but then I remember that if there are a lot of words I can fit in a lot of pictures.

    And everyone likes pictures.

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    avatar daemonicragnorak replied on November 23rd, 2010 at 8:45 pm:

    We wouldn’t be reading comics if we didn’t like words with pictures.
    The reviews are a breath of fresh air, I am tired of the small and over biased reviews you get on sites like amazon, I want a review from someone who’s opinion is written well enough that I would respect it.

    Also thanks for the fix, the vertigo/dc blur can make things very difficult at the best of times; which is not helped out when characters, like Wesley Dodds, is a major character in the DC universe too.

    I am in the middle of trying to write a decent review of Y: The Last Man v1, while juggling uni work; progress is slow though, as it is a series that I respect too much to rush a review.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 23rd, 2010 at 8:48 pm:

    awesome, I’m excited to see that one. I’m obviously pretty focused on the main dc books to hit a lot of my favorites (plus it’s always harder to write a review of something you know you love!)

    I’m definitely trying to go at the reviews as archival material instead of just a daily blog post. I think if I put up some good images and really get into the substance of a book, it could be useful to people years and years from now, especially if I maintain this database!

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  2. avatar daemonicragnorak wrote on at November 23, 2010 9:05 pm:

    Well the reviews will definitely be of use for years to come, as none of us will ever complete our collections and this site is a good site for finding the next title to buy. Most of the material on here has been around for years and a few more years wont change how we view these classics a lot; so I see no reason why the reviews would become useless.

    The only thing I would suggest to add to this site would be to add a section on each trade that collects previously collected material. I like that you can see the issues contained in the trade on the site, but a little flag for duplicated publications would be good.
    A good example of this is the Green Lantern Showcase and Chronicles; they collect exact same material but when I ordered the Showcase title I didn’t realise until I was reading it.
    This is obviously quite a big task but one that could be done as each trade is reviewed, like you did with Jonah Hex: Welcome to Paradise trade; just add a little note saying also collected in (url to other trade).

    You are also right in saying it is hard to write about something you love, because you want to do it justice but want to write objectively. But if it’s about a book I love, I will have more patience with the writing procedure.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 24th, 2010 at 12:08 am:

    I’ve been kind of adding that to a few books inside the description, but you’re right that it doesn’t show on the timeline yet. Once we’ve figured out a good way to do it, we can always add it in a little later.

    I think the best way to do it might be with a custom field that can generate a link (kind of like the review custom field generates a link) but the Showcase Green Lantern material is ALSO collected in the Green Lantern Silver Age Archives AND the upcoming Green Lantern Omnibus. What a pain!

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  3. avatar Drakul wrote on at November 24, 2010 5:08 pm:

    Yeah Sandman :)
    I have all the SMT except 7 and I have Absolute 1 and 2. I’ll buy 3 and 4 after I move because they are massive and freaking heavy.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 24th, 2010 at 5:09 pm:

    All of the absolute books are on my “I hope to own someday” list. I don’t think there are any that don’t recollect stuff I already have, so it’s hard to excuse buying them. But damn if they aint beautiful.

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