Last year at the New York Public Library, Neil Gaiman read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol dressed as Charles Dickens. Seems fitting for Christmas Day, no?
Listen to it below.
I suspect that when the Wits radio station hosted the “Bad Neil Gaiman Challenge”, they knew the hilarity that would ensue. Hundreds of entrants wrote their best bad Neil Gaiman story. Now we can all share in that painful-but-funny goodness by watching Neil himself read the winning entries.
The recent graphic interpretation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book afforded me the chance to interview the legendary artist P. Craig Russell. I lept at the opportunity which lead to a discussion that touched on a variety of topics including Neil Gaiman, art, young adult fiction, Busby Berkley, and why Russell had no social life for three months.
RICK KLAW: Unlike your previous adaptations, you worked with a variety of artists. How does your approach differ when you aren’t doing the art?
P. CRAIG RUSSELL: The only difference in my approach to the art when working with other artists is that I put a little more effort into designing the picture within individual panels. If I’m doing it for myself I only need a few squiggles to remind myself weeks or months later what needs to be drawn in that panel. For other artists I spend more time on a recognizable composition, sometimes adding/suggesting background details.
BBC News is reporting that Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman’s 2005 fantasy novel, is being adapted into a BBC TV miniseries. Not much is known about how this is going to play out, but Gaiman is optimistic that the production company, Red, will be truthful to the material.
Anansi Boys, which won a British Fantasy Award, is about the two sons of the African trickster god Anansi, both polar opposites and meeting for the first time.
Gaiman appears to be on an adaptation streak. In addition to the film adaptations of his novels Coraline and Stardust, both American Gods and his Sandman graphic novels also recently got picked up and are getting the adaptation treatment.
Comics Alliance is reporting that actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced that he is working with Neil Gaiman and David S. Goyer on a new Warner Bros. project based on Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel which included artwork by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, Michael Zulli and Dave McKean. Gordon-Levitt himself will star as Dream (a.k.a. the Sandman) who rules over the world of dreams.
Gordon-Levitt’s use of the #Preludes hashtag would seem to indicate that the film is being just based not off the original issue of Sandman, but off of the Preludes & Nocturnes volume, which includes the first 8 issues.
Neil Gaiman is a lot things: author, TV writer and all-around hoopy frood. Now he can add video game designer to his resume. Neil, along with development house The Odd Gentleman are working on a new video game called Wayward Manor. But what’s it about? This:
The game’s story stretches hundreds of years, following a ghost trying to figure out why he was killed and by whom. In the process, the clueless phantom tries to scare away every new squatter that has taken up residence in his 1920s home.
A new trailer for the game has just arrived, take a gander at the teaser!
BRIEF SUMMARY: Inspired by answers to questions posted on Twitter, Neil Gaiman has crafted twelve short works of fiction, one for each month of the year.
PROS: Delightfully interactive storytelling platform; can be read all at once or parceled out to make the experience last; showcases Neil Gaiman’s talent at crafting short fiction; nice variety to the stories in mood; tone and subject matter.
CONS: All good things must come to an end; stories won’t change the opinion of those who are not fans of Gaiman’s fiction.
BOTTOM LINE: A highly recommended reading/audio experience.
The omnipresent Neil Gaiman is stretching his wings even further. Gaiman is set to launch his first video game, called Wayward Manor.
The game follows the misadventures of a ghost who wants nothing more than a peaceful afterlife, and to kick out the motley crew living in the house he once called home. A gothic New England estate is the setting, with the storyline running from the 1920s all the way to the not-too-distant future. As the ghost tries harder and harder to get rid of the squatters, he also unravels the mystery of his own death and the after-life.
The game will be available for game players this fall on PC, Mac, and tablet platforms. As part of the release, Gaiman is also “offering fans a pre-sale opportunity that includes limited-edition merchandise, the chance to name a game character, and even a private dinner with Gaiman.”
UPDATE: Here’s a video teaser from Neil…
Sandman #1, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Sam Kieth is available on Kindle this week for the low, low proce of FREE!
Sandman #1 is the first issue of the first volume of Gaiman’s horror/fantasy epic, in which “an occultist accidentally traps Morpheus, the embodiment of Dreams, and holds him for 70 years. Finally free, Morpheus seeks his lost objects of power and rediscovers his place in the universe…”
Grab it while you can!
(This looks like it may only be an Amazon U.S. deal…)
Michael Reaves is the author of over 25 novels, numerous short stories, and has also written extensively for animated and live action television. Michael was kind enough to join us to answer a few questions about his new project, a film called Blood Kiss, along with its stars, Neil Gaiman and Amber Benson!
The Kickstarter for Blood Kiss just met their first goal yesterday! Says Co-Producer Leah Cevoli:
We’ve had such an amazing amount of support from the fans of not just Michael, Amber, and Neil, but fans of Film Noir and Vampires as well! We hit our goal of $50,000, with 16 days left on the clock, and are now excitedly going for our stretch goals. $100,000 is our next goal, and our backers are just as excited about this as we are!
And now…the interview with Michael, Neil and Amber!
Launching on Kickstarter on May 15th is a new project by Emmy Award winning writer Michael Reaves (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Next Generation). It’s a new “Vamp Noir” film, called Blood Kiss.
[UPDATE: Kickstarter page is up!]
Genre fans may be surprised to learn that the stars of this project are none other than Neil Gaiman (Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane) and Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural).
From the press release:
Blood Kiss revolves around detective Joe Belicek, who must solve the murder of a vampire before a deranged killermurders them all. Inspired by Film Noir, this supernatural thriller is set in 1940s Hollywood with famous haunts like the Brown Derby.
“Michael sent me the script.I told him,”it’s a terrific script.” and he said,”I want you toact in it.”I replied “There’s nobody else I would act for.” – Neil Gaiman
BLOOD KISS will bypass the Studios, going straight to the fans for funding to greenlight the film. Fans who contribute to BLOOD KISS’ Kickstarter campaign are eligible to receive exclusive rewards in exchange for individual pledges ranging from $5 to $10,000.
Because of Michael’s personal struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, Blood Kiss is proud to be associated with the American Parkinson’s Disease Association to promote awareness of the disease.
Follow us on Facebook & Twitter to see all the surprises we have for Blood Kiss’ ever-growingfan base!
Some nice artwork here by Les Edwards.
In 2006, filmmaker Christopher Salmon really, really wanted to create a 3D CG animated film of Neil Gaiman’s short story, “The Price”. So he created this proof-of-concept short animation to convince Neil to grant him the rights to the story.
It worked: The Price is now in production.
Salmon posted his touching proof-of-concept short online. Watch it right here…
Amazon has the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
Here’s the synopsis:
A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.
This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real…
BONUS: HarperCollins has some The Ocean at the End of the Lane wallpaper.
It’s quite epic.
Worldbuilders, a non-profit organization founded by Patrick Rothfuss, is raising money for their cause by offering a 2013 Fantasy Pin-Up Calendar. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to Worldbuilders in support of Heifer International.
The folks at the Sarcastic Voyage comedy podcast have put together a series of brief puppet shows featuring genre faves Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore.
Next month, William Morrow is publishing a collection of Ray Bradbury tribute stories called Shadow Show.
Here’s the description:
What do you imagine when you hear the name . . . Bradbury?
You might see rockets to Mars. Or bizarre circuses where otherworldly acts whirl in the center ring. Perhaps you travel to a dystopian future, where books are set ablaze . . . or to an out-of-the-way sideshow, where animated illustrations crawl across human skin. Or maybe, suddenly, you’re returned to a simpler time in small-town America, where summer perfumes the air and life is almost perfect . . . almost.
Ray Bradbury—peerless storyteller, poet of the impossible, and one of America’s most beloved authors—is a literary giant whose remarkable career has spanned seven decades. Now twenty-six of today’s most diverse and celebrated authors offer new short works in honor of the master; stories of heart, intelligence, and dark wonder from a remarkable range of creative artists.
In Shadow Show, 26 acclaimed writers have come together to pay tribute to the work of the one and only Ray Bradbury with never before published stories inspired by the master. The incomparable literary artist who has given us such timeless classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Dandelion Wine, is being honored by some of the most notable names in the writing world—including Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Audrey Niffenegger, Margaret Atwood, Alice Hoffman, Robert McCammon, and more—with new short fiction that thrills, frightens, moves, and dazzles in the great Bradbury tradition. Edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle, with an introduction by the man, Ray Bradbury himself, Shadow Show pays well-deserved homage to one of America’s greatest, most celebrated authors.
Neil Gaiman, a contributor to the anthology, has posted an audio recording of him reading his story “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury, which appears in Shadow Show. It was originally released via the Kickstarter/fan-funded live album An Evening With Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer
You can listen to Neil reading this beautiful story right here after the jump…