Enter The Sandman
Can you believe it? Neil Gaiman, considered a god among comic book enthusiasts, is coming to town! This is straight out of Oprah's Wildest Dreams shows...I'm not exactly what you'd call a rabid fan but I have read the Sandman series and I tell you, I can understand why so many are hooked on them. The books were a departure from the spandex world of Batman and Superman, interspersing magic, fantasy and a little bit of horror. Since it's launch in 1988, it almost immediately garnered critical acclaim and acquired a fairly huge fan base in such a short amount of time. The series focused on the Endless, a group of seven entities that oversee such realms as Desire, Delirium, Death, Destiny and Dream.
Neil Gaiman is one of those rare beings with a knack for story-telling. His characters are compelling, the plots complex, and the dialogue real and believable, thus making it appealing to anyone and everyone old enough to grasp the material. Fair warning, though. At times, they may be a little bit of a challenge to read so repetitive reading is not discouraged. One of his novels, Stardust, even became a much-praised broadway act! (http://www.holycow.com/dreaming/) The queues will no doubt be long (it'll probably take up most of the day) and uncomfortable (standing on one's feet for hours is no picnic) and some will say that it's not at all worth it. But hey, it's my feet, my endurance - my one chance which I definitely WON'T be passing up.
Take a gander at some creative websites which his works have inspired: http://www.geocities.com/deadeyes77/The_Endless, http://ofearna.us/comics/gaiman.html and http://members.aol.com/swankivy/gaiman.html.