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Neil Gaiman (born 10.11.1960)
Neil Gaiman is the English author of graphic novels and science fiction and fantasy short stories. Among his best-known works are, Sandman, Coraline and The Graveyard Book.

Childhood: Neil Gaiman's family originate from Poland and he has a Jewish heritage. When his great-grandfather left Antwerp in 1914, he eventually settled in Portsmouth. His father, David, worked in the chain of grocery stores founded by his forbears and his mother, Sheila was a pharmacist. In 1965, the family moved to East Grinstead in West Sussex.

Gaiman's education took place in a number of schools, including Ardingly College and Whitgift School.

Career: As a child, Neil Gaiman became interested in the work of Edgar Allan Poe, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein. He pursued a career in journalism in the 1980s, in an attempt to gain the contacts that he would later need to get his work published. His first published piece of work came in 1984, when his short story 'Featherquest' appeared in Imagine Magazine.

Gaiman's first book was a biography of the band Duran Duran. This was followed by Ghastly Beyond Belief, a book of quotations compiled with Kim Newman.

In the late 1980s, Neil Gaiman wrote The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion, a commentary to the series written by Douglas Adams. He would then go on to work with Terry Pratchett on the apocalyptic novel Good Omens.

Neil Gaiman then struck up a friendship with the graphic novel author Alan Moore and started writing his own comics, picking up the Marvelman series after Moore stepped down. Gaiman then went on to collaborate with Dave McKean on Violent Cases, Signal to Noise and The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch. He also earned himself a job working for DC Comics, starting with the Black Orchid series.

When American Gods was released, it became one of Neil-Gaiman's best-selling books and won a number of awards.

Neil Gaiman's British Fantasy Award-winning The Sandman: Book of Dreams featured contributions from Clive Barker, Tori Amos and Tad Williams.

The Graveyard Book is a children's book, inspired by Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

In 2009, Neil Gaiman wrote a two-part Batman story for DC Comics, entitled 'Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?' He also wrote a 12-page Metamorphos story for Wednesday Comics. The illustrations were undertaken by Mike Alldred.

Neil Gaiman co-wrote the script for the 2007 film Beowulf, which featured the voices of Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins.

A number of Neil Gaiman's works have been translated into film form. Stardust was released in 2007 and starred Michelle Pfeiffer, Clare Danes and Robert De Niro. In February 2009, a stop-motion version of Coraline was released, featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher. The style of the film has been compared to the work of Tim Burton.

Neil Gaiman's book, Death: The Cost Of Living has been ear-marked for a film adaptation for around a decade and in 2007 it was announced that Guillermo Del Toro would act as executive producer on the film, with Susan Montford and Don Murphy as producers.

Personal Life: Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman started dating after he created a book as a companion piece to her debut solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer? The book also features photography from Kyle Cassidy, another of Neil Gaiman's friends.

He also has a number of high profile friends, including the songwriter Thea Gilmore, the comedian Lenny Henry and the TV and radio presenter Jonathan Ross.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' To Get Full Series at Starz


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American Gods, Neil Gaiman's celebrated novel often considered the most acclaimed fantasy book of the 21st century, is heading to the small screen. Starz has ordered a full series with Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller and Kings creator Michael Green serving as co-showrunners.

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman's American Gods is heading to the small screen

"I am thrilled, scared, delighted, nervous and a ball of glorious anticipation," said Gaiman in a statement. "The team that is going to bring the world of American Gods to the screen has been assembled like the master criminals in a caper movie: I'm relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands. Now we finally move to the exciting business that fans have been doing for the last dozen years: casting our Shadow, our Wednesday, our Laura."

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The Story Museum launches '26 Characters'

Neil Gaiman - Image credit: Cambridge Jones - Oxford, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd July 2014

Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods', 'Anansi Boys' Headed For TV: You Don't Want To Miss This


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Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel American Gods is going to be adapted for the small screen by FremantleMedia after cable company HBO dropped the series last November. The adaptation of Gaiman's fourth prose novel was in limbo for some time but it now looks like American Gods will hit the small screen after all, along with another of his novels, Anansi Boys.

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Neil Gaiman Will See Two More Of His Books Taken To The Screen.

 FremantleMedia, the company behind reality shows such as American Idol, announced the exciting news today: "Gaiman, the creator of the celebrated Sandman comic series, and the author of bestselling novels The Graveyard Book, Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, will executive produce the series along with FremantleMedia," via The Guardian.

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Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' To Hit The Small Screen After FreemantleMedia Deal


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For a while, it looked as though American Gods wouldn’t be coming to television sets at all, but a fresh deal with FreemantleMedia has made sure another of Neil Gaiman’s creations cross mediums from book to screen.

Niel GaimanNeil Gaiman's award-winning stories are finding wider audiences

“FremantleMedia North America has finalized a deal for the rights to Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed urban fantasy novel American Gods, it was announced today by Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America,” reads a portion of the press release, released today (Feb 4th).

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Produce, Direct and Star in 'Sandman' Movie


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is close to finalizing a deal to produce, direct and star in a Warner Bros movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic book classic, Sandman. Gordon-Levitt made his feature directorial debut with the well-received Don Jon, though a Sandman movie would be far greater in scale.

Joseph Gordon LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt Will Helm 'Sandman'

The comic book shifts between horror and fantasy and follows the central character Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive for 70 years, he escapes, gains revenge and attempts to rebuild his kingdom. 

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The Specsavers National Book Awards

Neil Gaiman - The Specsavers National Book Awards held at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park - Inside - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 11th December 2013

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Neil Gaiman Returns with 'The Sandman: Overture,' The First Entry in 10 Years


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After a 10-year hiatus, Neil Gaiman is back with his seminal graphic novel: The Sandman. Overture is a new mini-series from the acclaimed writer, and comes off the back of a mixed body of work following his departure from the franchise.

The first Sandman novel came out nearly 25 years ago, when comics weren’t part of mainstream culture. Many fans of the series would have been so in secret, and they, unbeknownst to themselves, waited for The Watchmen and The Dark Knight Rises to thrust the medium into the cultural continuum.

Since then, Gaiman has been involved in a number of projects, some popular, some not so much. But his Sandman series has always been heralded as one of the best graphic novels of all time, and, like the aforementioned titles, was one of the few novels of its kind featured in the New York Time’s Best Seller’s list.

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'Matilda The Musical' arrivals

Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headely - Celebrities attend the opening night of 'Matilda The Musical' at the Shubert Theatre-Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 11th April 2013

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Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headely
Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and Maria Dahvana Headely
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Dreams With Sharp Teeth Review


Extraordinary
Let's take a ride in the Wayback Machine to the 1970s, a fantasy time where people wore moods rings, collected pet rocks, and paid out 62 cents a gallon at the OPEC-regulated gas pumps. It was also a time when there were only 12 TV channels but always something on. There were plenty of talk shows on public television and local stations featuring interviews lasting longer than five minutes. And back then people read books, a conclusion drawn from the glut of authors that appeared on those talk shows. From S. J. Perelman to Norman Mailer and everybody in between, writers were talk show regulars (John Kenneth Galbraith got as much airtime in 1978 as Richard Simmons does today). But there was one particular talk show positioned at the proper hour to greet drunken and debauched college students staggering to bed after the booze ran out -- the late night/early morning Tom Snyder talkfest The Tomorrow Show, which frequently featured writers pontificating for an entire hour through Snyder's cigarette smoke. One of Snyder's favorite crank writers was science fiction (excuse me, "speculative fiction") writer Harlan Ellison, whose jeremiads on the show succeeded in sobering up many a college bum, particularly when Ellison sucker-punched the psyche with head-banging aphorisms like, "I think revenge is a very good thing for everybody."

This particular clip and many more from The Tomorrow Show figure prominently in Erik Nelson's Dreams with Sharp Teeth, an ebullient and celebratory bouquet to Ellison, the Last Angry Author. Ellison's writing output since he began writing for pay in 1955 makes the output of, say, Agatha Christie, look like peanuts -- 75 books and 1,700 stories, screenplays, teleplays, essays, and still counting (a clip from The Today Show features Ellison in a store window with a typewriter, banging out a story from scratch in under five hours). With such a massive, high-quality literary yield, Ellison rightly deserves the adulation of Nelson.

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Beowulf Review


Weak
From the advent of sound with 1927's The Jazz Singer to the computer-generated effects breakthrough of 1989's The Abyss -- advancements in technology have had a major impact on cinematic storytelling, for better and worse. New technologies open up more cinematic experiences and new avenues for directors and actors to explore their craft. But it's easy to get caught up in the razzmatazz of the latest spectacle, instead of focusing on age-old, tried and true thematic substance. And that's exactly Beowulf's tragic flaw.

The Beowulf legend originates from a 700 A.D. oral tradition that was adapted in epic poem form by the English and into film form by director Robert Zemeckis -- using motion-captured live-action performances that are turned into a computer-generated light show. Much like the IMAX 3D screenings of Zemeckis' previous effort, The Polar Express, Beowulf's tale of a hero who comes to rid a Scandinavian village of its monster, while screaming his name every chance he gets, is more a showcase for RealD technology than an engaging film.

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Picture - Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary Los Angeles, California, Monday 5th November 2007

Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary - Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary Los Angeles, California - Premiere of 'Beowulf' at Mann's Village Theater - Arrivals Monday 5th November 2007

Picture - Neil Gaiman Los Angeles, California, Friday 19th October 2007

Neil Gaiman Friday 19th October 2007 Spike TV presents the second annual 'Scream 2007' -- Arrivals Los Angeles, California

MirrorMask Review


OK
If the 1980s Bowie/puppet fantasy campfest Labyrinth had been redone by British Dali fetishists with a deep love of The Wizard of Oz, the result might have been something like the ambitious but flawed MirrorMask. A joining of forces between the dark imaginations of graphic novel auteurs Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (screenwriter and director, respectively) and the technological prowess of the Jim Henson Workshop, it attempts to create a more substantive cinematic fantasy world than today's SpongeBob and Playstation-besotted kids may be used to. As such, this admittedly stupendous-looking film deserves quite a lot of credit for trying, even if the end result never quite makes it.

A central problem with MirrorMask is that the story (as will be obvious even to those not familiar with Gaiman and McKean's work on such landmark graphic novels as Sandman and Books of Magic) is something the two of them could have dashed off in one coffee-fueled afternoon. Helena (Stephanie Leonidas) is an angry teenager whose parents (Gina McKee, Rob Brydon), to her eternal dismay, run a tatty circus that takes up all their time. As a family crisis comes to a boil - Mum goes into hospital while Dad tries to keep everything from falling apart and the circus employees wonder how they're going to get paid - Helen, who'd much rather have normal parents than eccentric showpeople, falls into a dream world where she's on a quest to find the MirrorMask, a magical object that will allow her to escape the Dark Lands and return to her family. Maybe. She just has to figure out what the MirrorMask is. And what it looks like.

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MirrorMask Review


OK
If the 1980s Bowie/puppet fantasy campfest Labyrinth had been redone by British Dali fetishists with a deep love of The Wizard of Oz, the result might have been something like the ambitious but flawed MirrorMask. A joining of forces between the dark imaginations of graphic novel auteurs Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (screenwriter and director, respectively) and the technological prowess of the Jim Henson Workshop, it attempts to create a more substantive cinematic fantasy world than today's SpongeBob and Playstation-besotted kids may be used to. As such, this admittedly stupendous-looking film deserves quite a lot of credit for trying, even if the end result never quite makes it.

A central problem with MirrorMask is that the story (as will be obvious even to those not familiar with Gaiman and McKean's work on such landmark graphic novels as Sandman and Books of Magic) is something the two of them could have dashed off in one coffee-fueled afternoon. Helena (Stephanie Leonidas) is an angry teenager whose parents (Gina McKee, Rob Brydon), to her eternal dismay, run a tatty circus that takes up all their time. As a family crisis comes to a boil - Mum goes into hospital while Dad tries to keep everything from falling apart and the circus employees wonder how they're going to get paid - Helen, who'd much rather have normal parents than eccentric showpeople, falls into a dream world where she's on a quest to find the MirrorMask, a magical object that will allow her to escape the Dark Lands and return to her family. Maybe. She just has to figure out what the MirrorMask is. And what it looks like.

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Princess Mononoke Review


Weak
Every once in a while a movie comes along that is downright frustrating. No matter how badly you want to enjoy it, you end up walking out of the theater feeling deprived. Such is the case with Princess Mononoke (aka Mononoke Hime). Packed with an abundance of creativity and an innovative albeit complicated plot, the movie is almost recommendable. To its credit, it succeeds in captivating the viewer for a good hour, the downside is that the film lasts for almost two and a half. And believe me, that downside is a long slow, slipping down ride.

Based upon Japanese folklore, Princess Mononoke is the animated story of the war between the encroachment of civilization and the beast gods of the forest. While the forests are being devastated by the Tatara clan, producers of iron, the Great God of the Forest gives power to the other forest gods to protect their domain against the humans in the form of giant animals. Sound confusing? That's just the beginning.

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Neil Gaiman

Date of birth

10th November, 1960

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Author

Sex

Male

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1.80