Neil Gaiman Explains Why LGBTQ Characters Are Essential to Sandman's Story

Nov 18, 2022 · 12


The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman shared why LGBTQ+ characters are such an integral part of the comic's story.

In an interview with Logo, published just after Netflix's series adaptation of the comic premiered, Gaiman explained what drove him to feature characters belonging to the queer community in The Sandman. He said he realized his comic series was steadily acquiring a large LGBTQ+ fanbase when he began meeting more and more people from the community at conventions. "The people in the [signing] lines, I would be starting to meet more and more LGBT people who were just not the kind of people who would ever read comics, but they were finding Sandman and they were finding themselves in Sandman," Gaiman stated. "That was huge."

Gaiman then went on to say that his decision to include many LGBTQ+ characters in his story stemmed from his desire to create an accurate representation of his world, noting that The Sandman is first and foremost about people. "I'd put all of the LGBT people in there because they were my friends and I wanted Sandman to reflect the world that I lived in. And if I'd not put gay characters in, if I hadn't put lesbian characters in, if I didn't have trans people in, it would've been untrue to my world," he explained. "So it just seemed like something that I would take for granted. I wanted it to be about people and everybody seemed to respond to that."

The Sandman Continues to Up Its Representation Game

Netflix's adaptation of The Sandman is set to become even more diverse in terms of its LGBTQ+ characters, as Gaiman revealed that transgender character Wanda, who was introduced in the A Game of You story arc, would be making her debut should the show get renewed for a second season. Netflix has since confirmed that The Sandman will indeed return for Season 2, much to the relief of fans.

The Sandman centers around the King of Dreams Morpheus (Tom Sturridge) as he makes a nail-biting escape from his century-long imprisonment and begins a journey to restore his kingdom, the Dreaming. Other characters featured in The Sandman alongside Sturridge's Morpheus include Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), Lucifer Morningstar (Gwendoline Christie), Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong), the Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook), John Dee (David Thewlis), Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman) and more.

Season 1 of The Sandman is available to stream on Netflix.

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