Art of Neil Gaiman: The Story of a Writer with Handwritten Notes, Drawings, Manuscripts, and Personal Photographs

Art of Neil Gaiman: The Story of a Writer with Handwritten Notes, Drawings, Manuscripts, and Personal Photographs

by Hayley Campbell


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Now in paperback, the utterly comprehensive, lavishly illustrated, and fully authorized account of the life and work of one of the world’s great storytellers, Neil Gaiman.

Novelist, comics writer, scriptwriter, poet, and occasional artist, there are few creative avenues Neil Gaiman hasn’t ventured down—from unforgettable books like The Ocean at the End of the Lane and American Gods to groundbreaking comics and graphic novels like The Sandman and Violent Cases; from big-screen fantasies like Coraline and Stardust to small-screen epics like Doctor Who and Neverwhere; and from short stories to songwriting, stage plays to radio plays, journalism to filmmaking, and all points in between.

The Art of Neil Gaiman is the first book to tell the full story of his amazing creative life. Never-before-seen manuscripts, notes, cartoons, drawings, and personal photographs from Neil’s own archive are complemented by artwork and sketches from all of his major works and his own intimate recollections. Each project is examined in turn, from genesis to fruition, and positioned in the wider narrative of Gaiman’s creative life, affording unparalleled access to the inner workings of the writer’s mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062432957
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,150,132
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Hayley Campbell was born in England and lived in Australia for twenty years before moving to London, where she writes for the New Statesman, The Comics Journal, and McSweeney's. She is working on her first novel and can often be found committing terrible acts of amateur taxidermy.

Table of Contents

Foreword Audrey NIffenegger 6

Introduction 10

Chapter 1 PreLunes

Very Early Neil 22

Punk 30

One of Those First Novel Things 34

Top Shelf 38

Peace and Love Only Existed on Weekends 44

The End of Peace and Love 50

Ghastly Beyond Belief 54

Duran Duran 58

Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion 60

Good Omens 64

Chapter 2 British Comics

1984 68

2000 AD 72

Borderline 76

Violent Cases 82

Chapter 3 Vertigo Heights

Black Orchid 90

Sandman 96

And Then There Is … Death 122

Death Gallery 130

Death Talks About Life 132

The Sandman: Overture 134

Chapter 4 A comics miscellany

Signal to Noise 138

Miracleman 140

Spawn 146

Marvel 1602 148

The Eternals 150

"Being an Account of the Life and Death of the Emperor Heliogabolus" A 24-Hour Comic 154

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 160

The Books of Magic 166

The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch 168

The Last Temptation 174

Batman 178

Chapter 5 Beyond Comics

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund 184

Short Stories 194

The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains 198

Poetry 202

Novels 209

Neverwhere 210

Stardust 216

Stardust: the Film 220

American Gods 222

Coraline 228

Coraline: the Movie 230

Anansi Boys 232

Odd and the Frost Giants 236

Inter World 238

The Graveyard Book 240

The Ocean at the End of the Lane 244

Picture Books 247

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish 248

The Wolves in the Walls 250

Blueberry Girl and Instructions 252

Crazy Hair 254

Monkey and Chu's Day 256

Fortunately, the Milk 260

Chapter 6 Silver Screens

Hollywood 264

Princes Mononoke 268

Beowulf 272

Post-Beowulf 276

The Fermata 277

Modesty Blaise, Black Hole 279

Babylon 5 and The Road to En-dor 280

A Short Film About John Bolton 284

Who Killed Amanda Palmer and Statuesque 286

Words and Music 290

Mirror Mask 292

Doctor Who 296

Chapter 7 Reflections

Radio Plays 302

As for How We Does It All … 304

Afterword 306

Bibliography 310

Sources 315

Picture Credits 316

Index 318

Acknowledgments 320

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