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Fanbase Feature: Dream Journal – A Focus on Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’ – Episode 01

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 this premiere episode of Dream Journal, the panel discusses and dissects the stories, characters, themes, and importance of Preludes and Nocturnes, the first volume of Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic series, The Sandman. Being creators themselves, they bring a unique perspective to this roundtable discussion while also conversing about what makes them tic, some recent or past dreams that have affected them, and personal recommendations for those listeners who enjoy The Sandman.

Continue listening after the episode for special supplemental material, where you will get to know more about the cast as they talk about which stories influenced and scarred them and how dreams have a great impact on their creative output.


 If you enjoy this podcast, we’re looking for your help in spreading the word about the Dream Journal mini-series. Fanbase Press is giving away a copy of The Sandman: Volume 1 to one lucky listener who posts about Dream Journal on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram!

For a chance to win, simply post on social media, letting others know what you liked about Dream Journal and why others should listen to the podcast using the hashtag #FanbaseDreamJournal

On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, we’ll select one individual who posted using the #FanbaseDreamJournal hashtag!

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)

This month’s sponsor: This episode of The Fanbase Weekly Podcast is sponsored by Bubbles and Things Soaps. Bubbles and Things Soaps is a family-owned small batch soap company fueled by a love of toy collecting, all things geeky, and safe, fun, bath products. They uphold a promise to keep their products detergent, phthalate, paraben, and sulfate free. From their artisan line of bars and scrubs to their fandom and geeky themed soaps, Bubbles and Things Soaps wants the best for you and your family as much as they demand it for their own. Ultimately, they hope that their products put a smile on your face and bring you or someone you love a bit of bath time joy. More information may be found at, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Plus, Fanbase Press readers can enjoy a 10% discount through November 15th using the coupon code, FANBASE10.


3:06 Synopsis, Introductions, and Initial Thoughts
17:34 Wherein We Discuss the Art
26:33 Wherein We Discuss Dream as a Character
38:56 Stories Matter Initiative: Wherein We Discuss the Theme of Preludes and Nocturnes
52:32 Wherein We Discuss Personally Impactful Moments
1:05:54 Wherein We Discuss Stories Left Untold
1:14:18 Wherein We Discuss Our Dreams
1:25:13 Wherein We Give Recommendations
1:38:34 Supplemental Material

The Fanbase Weekly
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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