Fanbase Feature: Dream Journal - A Focus on Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’ - Episode 02

As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture.

In this Fanbase Feature mini-series, Dream Journal - A Focus on Neil Gaiman's The Sandman will provide an in-depth analysis of Neil Gaiman’s iconic comic book series, The Sandman. In this 10-episode limited podcast series, each episode will analyze one of the 10 trade paperbacks that span the full run of the Sandman series, exploring the themes of Gaiman’s seminal series, but also delving into the role of dreams in narrative storytelling and the overall impact that stories can impart on their audiences.

In the second episode of Dream Journal, the podcast panel discusses and dissects the stories, characters, themes, and importance of The Doll’s House, the second volume of Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic series, The Sandman. In this roundtable discussion, cast member Kelly Sue brings a unique take on The Sandman universe with her deep knowledge of Astrology and how it relates to storytelling in general.  The group also discusses their current dreams and personal recommendations for listeners who love The Sandman.

Continue listening after the episode for special supplemental material, where Justin will continue to break down some of the history of The Sandman's characters and how they fit into the greater DC Universe.

Cast members
: Justin Peniston (writer - Hunter Black, Mega Man: Fully Charged), Kelly Sue Milano (writer - HexComix’s Hex 11), Lisa K. Weber (artist - HexComix’s Hex 11), Claire Thorne (founder - Unexpected Hobby, A Geek’s Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space), and Phillip Kelly (Fanbase Press Contributor, writer/director/performer)

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2:27 Synopsis, Introductions
7:51 Wherein We Discuss the Stories Matter Initiative, Themes, and Sandman’s Internal Compass
27:21 Wherein we Discuss the Art, Lettering, and the Concept of the Doll’s House
40:17 Wherein Kelly Sue discuses Astrology, Storytelling, and Sandman’s Arc
58:44 Wherein We Discuss Secondary Characters
1:10:31 Wherein We Discuss Our Dreams
1:27:45 Wherein We Recommend New Things
1:40:01 Supplemental Material, Wherein Justin Provides a Deeper History of Some of the Characters

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Theme Song Written and Performed by
: Adam WarRock

The Fanbase Weekly Theme Song Produced by: Mikal kHill

Episode Photo by: Bryant Dillon

Produced by: Phillip Kelly and Justin Peniston

Original Music by: Zach Pyke

Original Sandman Art by: William Orr

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