San Francisco, CA 94105
Region: South of Market
An epic story with plotlines centered on revenge, resurrection, and survival, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman is the kind of comic series that makes other comic series pale by comparison. First published in 1989, it prompted Norman Mailer — who could be incredibly cynical — to wax uncynical and say: "Along with all else, Sandman is a comic strip for intellectuals, and I say it's about time." Yes, Gaiman deservedly gets much of the credit for The Sandman, but artist Mike Dringenberg helped make the series epic with his early drawings and character creations, and the Cartoon Art Museum is celebrating those contributions by having Dringenberg speak in its intimate space. The Q&A will feature Dringenberg gabbing with Ryan Graff, who co-curated the museum's current Sandman exhibition. It's a rare chance to get an inside view of a comic series that is still going strong and still worthy of adulation.