Just in time for Halloween, Neighborhood Comics is presenting an all new look at a classic comic.
On Friday, "Dream," a unique dance interpretive performance and artistic take of "The Sandman" by English short fiction, comic and graphic novel author Neil Gaiman will take place at the popular shop via Facebook Livestream with virtual tickets available for $10.
The comic book, originally published in a series for DC Comics from 1989-1996, has a cult following and Neighborhood Comics co-owner Lee Heidel thought a physical performance would be interesting to the shop’s customer base and comic book fans alike.
"It’s an odd pairing, but during normal times we have hosted a series of live events," said Heidel.
Neighborhood Comics would host author events and book signings throughout the year prior to the coronavirus pandemic. "Dream" is a way to a fan-friendly host an event while being socially-distant. "We still wanted to be able to try and engage and reach people in the community," he added.
Neighborhood Comics is currently open but limiting customers to better accommodate for social distancing.
"Dream" will be performed by Kristina Vetter, founder and choreographer at the flock/drown Dance Theater. The Augusta native is a comic book fan and also works at White Whale Craft Ales, which is conveniently located next door to Neighborhood Comics. When Heidel was thinking about a performer to do the piece, he didn’t have to look far to find one.
"Because [The Sandman] is so abstract I feel like it works pretty well for interpretation," he said. "The actual vision for the performance will be all Kristina’s."
Vetter is familiar with "The Sandman" series and is looking forward to the 30-minute performance. She and close friend and fellow choreographer Edwin Galmon, a local artist, had the entire store to work with in the planning for "Dream." Heidel revealed that Vetter will have "the whole space" to perform in.
"I feel really good about the upcoming performance," said Vetter. "Myself and Edwin [Galmon] put it together. It just made sense to me to involve someone who not only is a friend but is also a dancer.
"It will also kind of be the debut of flock/drown."
Heidel believes this can be the start of a new way for Neighborhood Comics to host events. The originality of something like "Dream" being performed virtually from a local comic book store is something all involved are looking forward to seeing come to fruition. "Some of our events cast a wider net," said Heidel with a laugh.
On Halloween-eve, "Dream" will most likely cast the widest net yet.