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I think somewhere between Dora’s damaged-but-won’t-admit-it breed of wounded-dog pissiness, and Lucien’s fragile (and decaying) need for neatness, is the closest I dare get to inserting myself into this story. They’re both expressions of the fear of losing control, if you get right down to it, and – because this is the Sandman Universe – in both cases “control” is reflected both in the mind and in the world around them. The difference lies in how they each respond to the knowledge of their own fallibility: Dora tries to ignore it, Lucien can’t. -- Si Spurrier

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I’m thinking right now about Cain and Abel for instance, old-time favorites, I love those two—they seem like such perfect crystallizations their own mythology. And yet when you give it any thought, you realize there’s an awful lot more to them than meets the eye and their story doesn’t quite add up. -- Si Spurrier

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What’s quite interesting is that some people will find specific contemporary reference and relevance where none was intended. [...] Now: it would’ve been really easy to make this into a thinly veiled comment on the Trump presidency. And, hilariously, readers on both sides of the political spectrum have made that assumption. In fact, the primary reference we took for all this stuff was the unhappy Weimar Republic in the 1920’s and 30’s (which – in being mistaken for an analogy of today’s world – should raise a few frightened eyebrows). -- Si Spurrier

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Merv’s another one, Merv Pumpkinhead. He’s either a terrible white-collar cliché waiting to be ridiculed, or he’s something rather more deep and profound than that. You can sort of take all of these characters and treat them in a way that is very lazy, which Neil never would, or you can find new angles on them. And that’s the approach I’m trying very hard to take, if only because it throws up so many interesting plot points. -- Si Spurrier

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We wanted to do clever crossover-y event-style stuff, and we wanted to treat these characters that we all loved with great respect, but also to try and do some new and up-to-date stuff.

But we just didn’t really know how to approach that without it seeming like we were either being a burden on the shoulder of giants or kind of taking the piss a little bit.

And Neil did this amazing thing which only he could do, which is to very calmly and very wisely and with great erudition tell us all that we had permission to be calm and not be so anxious and to treat these toys as if they are our own toys rather than as if we were borrowing them from him. And to just have a view to telling amazing stories that made sense and were valuable rather than servicing a brand in some cynical, commercial way.


-- Si Spurrier

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If a writer's known for doing A Certain Thing, especially at an early stage, it's really difficult to subsequently demonstrate range. There are plenty of creators out there who really lean into that bend, by the way. People who become so intrinsically associated with a single tone or a recurring motif that they wind up putting themselves at the heart of the reading experience. It's branding, inadvertent or otherwise. These are people (usually writers) who stand in front of their stories rather than behind them. I think that's a perfectly reasonable course to take, especially in a world so sodden with opportunities for creator/audience engagement, but for my tastes it feels a little like a gilded cage. After having a great many long, hard discussions with myself I've realised the only thing I feel so strongly about that I can imagine it saturating every single piece of work I ever do – the only thing I'd ever risk becoming my brand, in other words – is my conviction that story is an existential technology. -- Si Spurrier

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