From the Vertigo Blog – Graphic Content
New York Times bestselling novelist Neil Gaiman and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Leeâ€™s illustrated poem â€œ100 Wordsâ€ is available today for the first time digitally. This seven page poem can be purchased for .99 cents through the DC app andÂ DCcomics.com storefront. All of DC Comicsâ€™ proceeds benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
â€œFromÂ The Sandman andÂ Black Orchid toÂ Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, Neil Gaiman has provided some of the most memorable stories of the comic book industry,â€ said Jim Lee. â€œThis was a unique opportunity for the two of us to collaborate together and Iâ€™m thrilled that the story is now available for even more fans in this format.â€
This project was originally published as part of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund 2010 annual comic book and was, until now, only available as a limited edition print onÂ neverwear.net.
â€œThe project began when I was asked to write a hundred word poem about death. And I did. I tried to make it honest and, given the word limit, simple and true,â€ said Neil Gaiman.
â€œJim Lee took my poem and illustrated it, in a beautiful pencil style, turned it into a comic, as a limited edition print that was published by Neverwear for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and it made people happy. It made me especially happy, as Iâ€™ve been a fan of Jimâ€™s since Chris Claremont showed me some advanced pages by a talented newcomer, somewhere back in the dawn of time, and weâ€™ve been trying (and failing) to work together ever since.
Most people havenâ€™t seen â€œ100 Words.â€ I love that thereâ€™s now an opportunity for everybody to see what Jim and I did, all up close and digital. And Iâ€™m thrilled that DC Comics is publishing it for such a good cause.â€