Sandman: Overture Is Out Now!

Tuesday October 29th 2013, 8:58 pm

Well, really on Wednesday morning. But I wish we had done a special midnight release this Tuesday night. Here is the cover below. I’m not doing my usual process blogs for these Sandman covers because some of that will be used for the Special Editions versions for each issue. And I’m not doing any thumbnails for composition on these either, so I can’t even show that. I’m letting them dictate to me as I draw and paint what the full compositions will be, letting them be dreamed up as I work, so to speak. This becomes extremely evident for the cover to issue 3 when you see that later.

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It looks fantastic, it has been a long time coming I met neil last July, he is awesome I bug JH on twitter all the time lol. cannot wait to get this issue 🙂


Comment by Wendy Patterson 10.29.13 @ 9:03 pm

We’re supposed to take the kids downtown to trick or treat at the comic shop on Thursday, but I don’t think I’ll be able to wait an extra day for this one.

Love the sketch variant too. That was one of the earliest pieces of art shown at SDCC last year, right? Just stunning!

Comment by Mike Jackson 10.29.13 @ 9:56 pm

Just read the issue. Beautiful work, and just the beginning of a journey we’ve been waiting years to see realized. (even though we didn’t know it till now) Amazing amazing stuff. Still processing it after reading through a couple times. Can’t wait to see where this is going. As both a Sandman fan from the beginning and a longtime JHW fan, a dream come true. Truly, a legendary read!

Comment by Jonathan 10.30.13 @ 2:08 am

WOW! I couldn’t have been happier when I read Sandman Overture #1 yesterday – this is story-telling at its finest! Such an eye feast! I look forward to selling LOTS of this and talking with my friends / customers about their reactions! Also, JH, I didn’t know you were such a huge ELO fan (just saw your list of music you listened to while drawing the first issue)! Hi to Wendy and hopes to a great Halloween to the both of you!

Comment by Ralph mathieu 10.30.13 @ 6:29 am

Hey there Wendy Patterson
I hope you enjoy the issue. See you in the twitterverse.

Comment by jhw3 10.30.13 @ 10:53 pm

Hey there Mike Jackson
Thank you! And yeah, that is one of the first images I drew. The statue that is coming is based on this illustration.

Comment by jhw3 10.30.13 @ 10:55 pm

Hey there Ralph
So glad you enjoyed the issue so much. ELO: I can’t help but love them. Happy Halloween! We miss you and hope we see you and Kate sooner that later.

Comment by jhw3 10.30.13 @ 10:57 pm

Hey there Jonathan
Thank you very much. Thrilled that you found it so worthwhile.

Comment by jhw3 10.30.13 @ 10:59 pm

Absolutely amazing. You never cease to dazzle with the depth and scope of your imagination and storytelling. I’m looking forward to more and will be pouring over these pages until then!

Comment by B. J. Parker 10.31.13 @ 7:27 am

Woooooo Endless are back!!!
It will be difficult to wait until two month to get the number 2

Comment by mael 10.31.13 @ 11:23 am

I am new to Sandman but this was amazing. Will you be selling any art from it?


Comment by David 10.31.13 @ 11:38 am

Wow, awesome review of this issue over at TheMarySue … to quote – “A review of Overture should not fail to include comments on J.H. Williams’ art. The editor in me doesn’t want to say something like “Williams was born to illustrate Sandman” but the reader in me sure does. I mean, anyone familiar both with him and with Sandman gasp out loud when we heard he’d been put on the project. We knew this was coming. Williams deftly manages the issue’s shifts between settings, which in a Sandman story doesn’t just mean interiors and exteriors, but also being able to draw a character transitioning from the Waking World into Dreaming even when that dream is near identical to reality. If there’s a complaint I ever have about Williams it can be that his page layouts sometimes sacrifice readability for overall aesthetic value, but I never found myself confused about where to put my eyes in Overture #1, and there was a particularly effective page spread that I got half way through before I realized, unsettlingly, that it was teeth. And then there’s the last few pages of the issue, about which I will say nothing more.”


Congrats! Tons of awesomesauce!

Comment by Pam 11.01.13 @ 10:59 am

Hey there B.J. Parker
Thank you so very much.

Comment by jhw3 11.15.13 @ 10:34 pm

Hi mael
I’m glad you enjoyed it, thank you.

Comment by jhw3 11.15.13 @ 10:34 pm

Hey David
At some point we will be. We’re thinking of doing a big gallery event once the project is completed. We’ll see, still making decisions about it, but want to make it a special thing.

Comment by jhw3 11.15.13 @ 10:36 pm

Hey there Pam
Thanks for the link and the kind comments.

Comment by jhw3 11.15.13 @ 10:38 pm

Hi sir!
First of all, I just wanted to tell you that you are an amazing artist and that you are an inspiration for me. 😀
Second, I was just wondering what material do you use when you make colored artworks( for example for The Sandman Ouvertures series)? And, do you use ink washes for grey tones also?

Thank you,


Comment by Cassandra 10.12.14 @ 10:54 am

Hello Cassandra
Thank you very much.

For color, if not done digitally, I use watercolors and Gouache mostly. A lot of that being used on Sandman. And yes, I use lots of ink washes and greytones.

Comment by jhw3 10.16.14 @ 9:16 pm

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