I don’t know if I’ll see Neil Gaiman’s and Dave McKean’s Mirrormask in the theaters — maybe I’ll get it on DVD. The critics seem to think the movie is beautiful but the visuals don’t quite tell a compelling story. Whatever the movie was trying to do, obviously some viewers took to it more than others. However, quality asie, few of the critics seem to know who Gaiman and McKean are, or if they know, they try to hide it.

Neil Gaiman wrote DCs Sandman series in the late 80s and early 90s. Dave McKean drew the covers. This series is often considered one of the greatest of all time. Since then, both Gaiman and McKean have worked on all kinds of projects, some together, some separately. Gaiman has written many novels, for example, including his latest, Anansi Boys (which I just bought but Seth appropriated it).

I haven’t read every review, but I clicked on quite a few to see what they’d say about the pair’s most well-known collaboration. Most of them left Sandman out entirely. Very few used the dreaded term “comic book”. Some referred to Sandman as a graphic novel. Actually, Sandman is a series of graphic novels. But at first, Sandman was a comic book. A monthly comic book. Like Superman. Like the X-Men. With staples and advertisements and issue numbers and everything. But apparently, that Sandman was a comic book, or even the fact that Sandman existed, seems to be too shameful to include in these movie reviews.

The attempts to hide the nature of the pair’s association gets so convoluted that one reviewer refers to Gaiman as a great “graphic artist”. Um, no. I’ve seen his art. It isn’t very good. His writing, on the other hand, can be quite astounding. Especially his comic book writing.

One form of pop entertainment eschewing another. Ah, why should I be surprised?