There was a time when the SDCC really was all about comics, and the cover to this year’s Souvenir Book celebrating Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is a sweet reminder of that fact.
Per the SDCC Website:
The 2013 edition of the Comic-Con International Souvenir Book will be given out to all attendees (while supplies last) at this year’s event, July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center.
This year’s cover was created exclusively for Comic-Con by special guest Dave McKean and celebrates the 25th anniversary of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series. The fan-favorite series started in late 1988 with its first story arc drawn by Sam Kieth, with numerous artists to follow in its 75-issue run. Besides Gaiman, one other constant throughout the series was cover artist Dave McKean, who created beautiful, ethereal images through painting, collage, and construction that set the tone for the story inside. Dave’s style of cover art was unseen in the world of comics up to that point.
In addition to a special section in the Souvenir Book on The Sandman’s 25th, this year’s publication also features coverage—including art and articles by fans and pros from around the world—devoted to the following anniversaries:
– Superman 75th
– Avengers 50th
– Doctor Strange 50th
– Doctor Who 50th
– X-Men 50th
– ElfQuest 35th
– The Tick 25th
– Eisner Awards 25th
– Bongo Comics 20th
– Milestone Comics 20th
– Strangers in Paradise 20th
– TwoMorrows Publishing 20th
– Aspen Comics 20th
Plus special spotlight interviews with programming mainstay Michael Lovitz (celebrating his 20th year presenting the Comic Book Law School) and noted comic art and pop culture retailer Bud Plant (who has been exhibiting at Comic-Con for 44 years!).
This 224-page, full-color trade paperback also presents bios and photos of all of this year’s special guests, a look back at the past year in award winners, and—sadly—appreciations for those we’ve lost.
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