I know that Jeff Smith and Neil Gaiman ran into eachother and talked at conventions.
Well I just read Bone for the first time, it's really good, but I was wondering if Jeff Smith stole the idea of the dreaming from Neil Gaiman? The concepts are not exactly the same as the sandman but have their similarities and have the same name.
Bone finished up much later than sandman but maybe Jeff Smith came up with the idea earlier?
Has this ever been talked about?