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The Art of Neil Gaiman Hardcover – May 20, 2014
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From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 :-)
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book isn't what I was expecting. I kind of thought this would be some book about Neil Gaiman's artwork, as that is the title. It is not. Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. Taggart
A revealing look at the career, associates and artistic influences of the amazing Neil Gaiman, this book is a must read for those who've followed his life and enjoyed his work. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. Ciarfella
Nice packaging and fast delivery and good condition and good strong packing tape and not heavy at all and easy to open with that little pull strip and recoiled material and the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Don E. Nelson
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... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lucy Merriman
Was for my daughter who loves Neil Gaiman art and writings. She thought it was GREAT!!Published 21 months ago by Margaret B.
The Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell is a beautifully written and crafted tribute to the talented man, Neil Gaiman. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by Sheri Newton