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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.

Utterly comprehensive, lavishly illustrated, The Art of Neil Gaiman is the fully authorized account of the life and work of one of the world's great storytellers.

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062248561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062248565
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Craig P. Steffen on May 20, 2014
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Ms. Campbell has written a tremendous tribute to and overview of the work of (and the man himself) author Neil Gaiman. She does so from the point of view of being a good friend of his, and with a tremendous amount of affection for him and his work. As an insider, she had access to his archives, and is also acquainted with many of people featured in the book.

The book is filled with scans of photos and drawings and hand-written pages of things that became part of Neil's work. The stories are incredibly detailed and specific about what he was drawing on when writing certain things and how they came together. Nothing is missed. There is a short piece on his book about Neil's Duran Duran book called "The First Four Years Of The Fab Five" which Neil probably doesn't care much for but Cambell says "But it's there in his library, in the dark corner just to the right of the jackalope...". There's another section about the Babylon 5 episode he wrote, "Day of the Dead".

This biography is chock full of Gaiman's stories and reminiscences and sketches on hotel note pads and paper napkins. It's wonderful to read about the behind-the-scenes stuff that went into the works of his that I know. And there are a few others that I've never heard of, that I'll probably go out and buy now.

If you like Neil's work, this biography will be a great read. I highly recommend it.

As for its author, Hayley Campbell, I hope her next book will be out sooner than 4 years from now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samaire P. on May 23, 2014
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Miss Campbell has very obviously gone to great lengths and put a lot of work into this wonderful tome. So many insights into Mr. Gaiman's thoughts, his scribbles, his doodles, notes and sketches you will find nowhere else reside within the pages of this incredible book. Fans of Neil Gaiman as well as artists and aspiring writers will be astonished at how much they get out of owning this book. I have read it cover to cover three times already and I find something new and astounding every time. I love that Miss Campbell put this book together, and I suggest she do it for other beloved authors as well. Stephen King, J.K.Rowling, James Patterson, George R. R. Martin, and many others: we would love to see books like this one for those authors!
If you want a huge peek into the imagination of Neil Gaiman, presented in a wonderfully delightful way, buy this book. You won't be disappointed. I guarantee it :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Provost on May 23, 2014
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I bought this book for my wife who is a huge Neil Gaiman fan and she loves it. It's full of all sorts of cool little tidbits on the way Gaiman's mind works, insights into his imagination, and shows oodles never before seen art. One word of caution: if you buy this as a gift for someone in your family, be forewarned, they will disappear with it and spend hours perusing the pages... hungry family notwithstanding... time to order pizza... :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Merriman on October 21, 2014
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This is a solid archive and biography. It's in chronological order, divided by the work (a chapter on Good Omens, a chapter on Sandman and so forth), and the photo quality for the artwork, sketches, and notes is excellent. The main drawback is, the author, Haley Campbell, borrows a lot from already existing articles and interviews. While it's nice to have some iconic interviews with Gaiman all in one place, for the serious fan who is more likely to be interested in the book in the first place, it gets a little redundant. That is, I've read or watched most of those interviews already, and I suspect many other fans have as well.

Conversely, the best parts of the book are Campbell's original interviews and thoughts on Gaiman. Clearly they are very close, and her writing style is eloquent and interesting. The beginning and ending essays are the best, and they bookend the tome on a solid note.

Ultimately, I think this is worth it if you have a graphic novel library or if you are an ardent Neil Gaiman fan; otherwise, your milage may vary.
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This book should have been called "the life and work of Neil Gaiman," as the title was somewhat misleading. Of course, this book is all about the art of Neil Gaiman, but it contains so much more that has to do with the overall performance of his art, his rise to fame, the work it took to become the literary juggernaut that he is today, and his process collaborating with artists, writers, agents, Hollywood, and his own life. Full of illustrations and original notebook pages, this book is an incredibly beautiful compendium of the man's life and work, obsessively compiled and beautifully presented by Hayley Campbell and ILEX.

Highly recommended to anyone planning on being (or who is) a writer. The ins and outs of his professional career, insights into his technique, and his navigation of the business side of all things writing were illuminating and honest. Campbell brings the audience on the inside to see what Gaiman does, and how that has helped Neil Gaiman to be Neil Gaiman.

Perhaps the major thing I couldn't stand about this book was the fact that i saw it in the bookstore when it had come out and had no interest in it, thinking that it was about his visual art (which is messy and hotel-napkin-y, something the book honestly reiterates) and the visual art of his collaborators. Of course, it has nothing to do with that (well, partially, yes), and the simple marketing of the title choice made me ignore it until I literally read a review of it that stated it was about what I had already mentioned.

What I really liked about the book was learning about how he became who he is today, and the work and methodology of his life where he literally said that he was going to drop everything one day and become a writer no matter the cost.
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