Neil Gaiman (b. 1960) currently reigns in the literary world as one of the most critically decorated and popular authors of the last fifty years. Perhaps best known as the writer of the Harvey, Eisner, and World Fantasy-award-winning DC/Vertigo series, The Sandman, Gaiman quickly became equally renowned in literary circles for works such as Neverwhere, Coraline, American Gods, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning The Graveyard Book. For adults, for children, for the comics reader to the viewer of the BBC's Doctor Who, Gaiman's writing has crossed the borders of virtually all media and every language, making him a celebrity on a worldwide scale.
The interviews presented here span the length of his career, beginning with his first formal interview by the BBC at the age of seven and ending with a new, unpublished interview held in 2017. They cover topics as wide and varied as a young Gaiman's thoughts on Scientology and managing anger, learning the comics trade from Alan Moore, and being on the clock virtually 24/7.
What emerges is a complicated picture of a man who seems fully assembled from the start of his career, but only came to feel comfortable in his own skin and voice far later in life. The man who brought Morpheus from the folds of his imagination into the world shares his dreams and aspirations from different points in his life, including informing readers where he plans to take them next.
About the Author
Joseph Michael Sommers, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, is professor of English at Central Michigan University where he regularly teaches coursework in comics, children's literature, and popular culture. His work has been published in academic journals, anthologies, and encyclopedias alike. He has written, edited, and coedited books such as Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore: Critical Essays on the Graphic Novels; Game on, Hollywood! Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema; Critical Insights: The American Comic Book; and Critical Insights: Neil Gaiman.
Table of Contents
World at Weekend Keith Graves / 1968 3
The British Invasion: Alan Moore Neil Gaiman / 1987 6
Pratchett & Gaiman: The Double Act Locus / 1991 16
Sleep of the Just: Neil Gaiman on the Act of Creating and the Perils of Fame Steven Darnall / 1993 21
Neil Gaiman: A Man for All Seasons Stanley Wiater Stephen R. Bissette / 1993 32
Writers on Comics Scriptwriting: Neil Gaiman Mark Salisbury / 1999 43
Words, Words, Words … A Glimpse inside the Mind of Neil Gaiman Parts I and II Hannah Kuhlmann / 1999 56
Weird Tales Talks with Neil Gaiman Darrell Schweitzer / 2000 66
CBLDF: Neil Gaiman Last Angel Tour Interview Shawna Gore / 2000 80
Dreaming American Gods: An Interview with Neil Gaiman Rudi Dornemann Kelly Everding / 2001 90
Voices of Vision: Neil Gaiman Jayme Blaschke / 2002 102
Sandman Comic Book Creator Neil Gaiman Neal Conan / 2003 114
Maddy Gaiman Interviews Her Dad Maddy Gaiman / 2004 130
An Interview with Neil Gaiman Jessa Crispin / 2006 136
Fragile Things: An interview with Neil Gaiman Eric Lorberer / 2006-07 148
Lunching in the Graveyard Pádraig ó Méalóid / 2008 161
Neil Gaiman Turns His Grad Speech into "Good Art" Neal Conan / 2013 173
Trigger Warning, An Interview with Neil Gaiman Diane Rehm / 2015 180
It's Neil's World, We Just Live in It: An Interview with Neil Gaiman Joseph Michael Sommers Maggie Grace Sommers/ 2017 196
Key Resources 209