Listen: it is every being's right to know pain. The point is not to fear it. The point is not to think it worse than joy or delight, but to understand it is better than numbness. The point is simply to feel.
Si Spurrier, The Dreaming #20
Enough with the anti-kingdom crap in regard to fantasy fiction
Maleficent (2010) starts with “Once Upon a time there were two kingdoms” and then (In regard to one kingdom) “had no King or queen for they relied on each other.” Then that’s a land, not a kingdom. A kingdom literally requires a monarch to rule for it to count as a kingdom. That’s why “King” is in the word.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil had Aurora give up her rights to her father’s kingdom and “left it to the people.” Yeah, that won’t lead to chaos and civil wars in a medieval European-style setting... (sarcasm intended.)
Disney’s Descents films turned the fairy tale world into a pseudo-United States where they “elect” a king. (That’s not how monarchies work..)
Once Upon a Time ended with all the Lands of Story united and Regina “elected” as the ruler. No more kingdoms... So much for fairy tale worlds, eh?
Game of Thrones ended with a council electing Bran as the new king. A fantasy setting modeled after Medieval War of the Roses suddenly understands democratic elections?!
Just a few months ago I saw a post on Tumblr where someone saw Nightmare before Christmas for the first time. The person decided that the film was “over rated” and suggested how they would “Fix” the “dumpster fire.” Their suggestion was that Jack “needed to be punished” for what he did because (according to their reasoning) you cannot learn you are truly wrong without punishment. Their suggestion was that the mayor should strip Jack of his Pumpkin King title. I guess they missed the “Jack, please! I’m only an elected official here. I can’t make decisions by myself.” Jack is their king. He out-ranks the mayor. Even as a child I understood this. The mayor does not have the power to strip him of his title. Also what kind of person thinks everyone needs to be punished in order to be forgiven?
There’s this weird anti-monarchy trend in fiction. In the real world, yes, democracies are great, but most of these fantasies are not set in the real world. They’re setin fantasy settings. Some of these settings are specifically modeled after medieval Europe. These characters would have no concept of a democratic government.
You can’t go from a settling that looks like 10th century Scotland (Disney’s Gargoyles example here), and then suddenly “F--k yeah! ‘Murica. We’ve got a president now and everyone has equal right to vote!”
Even in a fantasy setting that’s very, very jarring.
I know that in real life kingdoms aren’t necessarily that great. Many monarchies are thinly disguised dictatorships. And fantasy settings don’t necessarily glorify or romanticize them but they were the norm when a lot of fairy tales were written or where a lot of fantasy stories are set. They just make for fun writing and drama. But if you start with a kingdom and a culture that has never had anything else, you can’t abruptly switch gears to twenty first century sensibilities even in a fantasy. There has to be cohesion in the fantasy setting. A consistency.
Even in settings that are fantastical and have things like dragons and elves you have to consider that within that setting changing an established culture so drastically and suddenly might not make sense. Fantasy or no, there needs to be an internal logic and consistency. Imagine if Lord of the Rings ended with Frodo inventing TV and Legolas inventing wifi and having a skype call with Gandolf simply because it’s what is familiar to us in the real world. It would be very jarring and out of place even for fantasy. A well written fantasy can be tainted by this sort of hamfisted cultural commentary.
I was discussing Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman with someone who is very anti-Monarchy and this person tried saying that The Dreaming should have free elections. Free elections ...for Nightmares? Do you know what The Corinthian’s platform would be? “Human eye balls in every pot!” They also suggested that Morpheus might be taxing the dream-folk without representation. What taxes? They’re dreams! He doesn’t even have a currency system! All the inhabitants are either technically his own imaginary friends (since he created them) or spirits of deceased humans who decided they wanted to stay in the realm of dreams (often transformed into dream-folk, themselves). He pays his servants with favors and giving them things they like. Lucien loves books, Lucien gets to be the librarian of every story never-told. That’s how it works.
So help me, if Netflix decides The Sandman needs to end with Daniel making The United States of The Dreaming I might have a stroke.
As I said, it’s reasonable to be anti-kingdom in the real world but certain fantasy settings democracy just doesn’t make sense.
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Review: Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1
Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1 is an excellent debut issue that highlights what makes each franchise popular #Comics #ComicBooks #LnK #Sandman
Nicholas Cage is one of those actors whose films have given him iconic status. In each role, he has not only proven his talent but has made each character incredibly indelible. I remember the first time I saw him, it was in Moonstruck, as the brother of her fiancee whom she falls in love with. Every film after that would just add to his legend.
Cage has touched every film genre and is such a…
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Art by Simon 'Biz' Bisley
Death and Hellblazer artwork.
You see, he can paint/draw more than big guns, muscles and knockers.
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i just realized i never posted the drawing of my pfp
1. Netflix decides to adapt Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. Wonderful! Great!
2. Next, they make a movie where Jason Momoa plays a dream entity (Slumberland). Okay, nice.
3. Now Netflix teams up with Headspace to make a show to... teach us... How to sleep... Did Morpheus take over the streaming service? Is it now The Dreaming service?
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CBR, You literally posted a panel from Overture and you don't see the continuity problem here? The Corinthian fled in that scene, he went on the run in 1916 so he should not be in The Dreaming for the events of the Locke & Key crossover. The simple fact is Joe Hill is using the continuity from the late 90s / early 2000s Corinthian spin-off, which was written before Overture and decanonized by Overture. It's his use of the spin-off lore that makes the characterizations so wonky, especially Cain.
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my two moods
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Preview: Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1
Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1 preview. If you think you can unlock the gates of Hell and just invite yourself in, you must be Dreaming! #Comics #ComicBooks
Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1
Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman (A/CA) Gabriel RodriguezIn Shops: Apr 14, 2021SRP: $6.99
If you think you can unlock the gates of Hell and just invite yourself in, you must be Dreaming!
The epic crossover between two of the most beloved fantasy universes in comics begins here. John “Jack” Locke is ten years dead, but that hasn’t stopped him from posting the occasional…
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The Sandman: Dream of the Endless commission (2016)
Art by: Shawn McManus
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A positive review.
What does Roderick know about Morpheus’ reputation and at what point did he ever call his prisoner “Shaper”?
Is it like “I asked around and some people are glad I gave him a time out. This guy’s a real jerk.” This seems to be implying that if Morpheus was nicer he wouldn’t be able to contain him.
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I don’t remember Roderick Burgess being this heavy. I know he had a little bit of a belly, I just didn’t remember it as being that big.
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.”
— Neil Gaiman, The Sandman
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Something I noticed. Even the part of the Locke & Key crossover that I like has flaws if you think about too much. When Morpheus gives Mary Locke the clue it’s just him drawing his helm against the glass of his cage using dirt or sand from the floor. He does this at about head level with himself.
I would have taken this to mean he wanted the helm and would help her if she would get the helm for him. Instead she somehow took this to mean she should get the helm for herself, wear it, along with his ruby, and enter The Dreaming.
I know Joe had her temporarily give Alexander Burgess the Anywhere Key but honestly if I was in her place I’d have waited until later, used the anywhere key to snatch the helm and ruby, and free the prisoner.
I know it would have f--ked with Sandman continuity but him drawing his helm against the glass of his cage, right over his own face, to me feels more like “Bring me my helm” more than “wear my helm and go into my world and see what happens. lol!”
Also you’re going to tell me his captors aren’t going to notice how smudged up the inside of his cage has suddenly become? I don’t think Morpheus had Windex in there.
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The Dreaming, by Bilquis Evely.
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DAVID IS CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED, I LOVE THIS MAN 🙏🙏🙏
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My comics Pull List this week.
'Locke & Key / The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone' #1 (IDW Publishing / DC Comics)
'Usagi Yojimbo' #18 (IDW Publishing)
'Dejah Thoris' #12 (Dynamite Comics)
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New comic book day
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