I was watching Princess Mononoke the other day, and I couldn't help but notice your name, as the adaptor? Could I ask what that means? Also, after seeing that, I began to think that I've seen your name in a lot of things. Do you do everything?
It means I wrote the English Language Script, wrote the English versions of the songs, all that.
No, I don’t do everything. Some days I do very little worth mentioning.
How much of Stardust is influenced by Howl's Moving Castle? I guess another question would be is how much of your writing has been influenced by Diana Wynne Jones?
Howl and Stardust? Nothing, as far as I know: they share the Donne SONG, but then, that’s something that both Diana and I loved.
As for how much of my writing has been influenced by Diana? All of it, by her as a critic, by her as a reader, by her as a friend. I don’t think it’s possible to underestimate how much having her to talk to about writing and stories meant to me over the years. I miss her very much.
This Sunday, December 15, acclaimed author Neil Gaiman will present a memorable reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Plus, Molly Oldfield, consummate researcher and author of The Secret Museum, will share some unique items and interesting objects found in NYPL’s collection of Dickens material in the Berg Collection of English and American Literature. It’s an event Dickens’ fans won’t want to miss! Reserve free tickets here.
It’s not just any old version of a Christmas carol. It’s the one Charles Dickens abridged to be his reading version, for the times he read it in public. They have that book, abridged and amended in his own handwriting…
Actually it’s a Philip Larkin quotation. (I sigh when I notice things I said have gone to be attributed to other people, so try and correct things when I notice other people quotes have attached themselves to me.)
Mr. Gaiman, I gave you a letter during your most recent signing in Portland, OR. You put it in your coat pocket and promised to read it. I was wondering if you actually get around to reading the letters given/sent to you. Just how many letters were in your coat pocket? Is it bigger on the inside?
They all get read, all the letter I put in my pockets to read later…
Apologies if this has already been answered, but I couldn't find it & am curious. Has the rest of Sandman: Overtures been delayed, or outright cancelled? I received Email from my store saying that the Special Edition of #2 was cancelled, no info about why, when/if the publisher would be reissuing the comic, etc. I realize the publishing world is not something you control, but... The rest of Overture has been/will be written & published, yes? Pleasepleaseplease?!? We've missed Dream so...
It’s all being written and being drawn and will come out, yes.
Hi Neil, I saw your post about the fact that you told Chris Riddell that "Silas is not blond" and I was wondering, as someone who wants to go into book illustration, if differing opinions on a character's appearance between the artist and author are a common issue in publishing (for example, do you often have to send a design back, and ask for it to be re-drawn according to your mental image? Or do you leave it completely in the hands of the artist?)
I tend to leave it in the hands of the artist, unless they do something that contradicts the text. And then sometimes I change the text, and sometimes they change the art.