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Ask Neil Gaiman

Roblimo posted more than 10 years ago | from the nights-are-endless-for-the-sandman's-gods dept.

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A very special "call for questions" today: Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman, a series whose long-awaited resurrection was -- not coincidentally -- announced last week. Neil is also winner of the uncoveted Roblimo's favorite book of the 21st Century so far award for American Gods, and a free speech activist who has concentrated -- again, not coincidentally -- on comic book and graphic novel authors' and vendors' freedoms. Please read this interview, listen to this NPR interview, and check other material about Neil before you ask questions, in order to avoid triteness. We'll send 10 of the highest-moderated questions to Neil tomorrow, and post his answers when he gets them back to us.

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295 comments

Creator's rights and copying technologies (5, Interesting)

ephraim (192509) | more than 10 years ago | (#7025936)

Neil,

I greatly enjoyed your chat last night with Art Spiegelman. After listening to both of you talk about the medium of comic books and graphic art, a question came to mind:

Unlike music and video, most people still prefer to read books page-by-page. Copying and downloading books and pictures is easier than doing so for music and video, partially because text and individual pictures are so much smaller. Yet, as of this moment, I haven't heard about a single case of writers and book artists complaining about the copying of their work on the internet.

Why do you think this is? Do you feel that this might change in the future as people become more accustomed to getting their information on a screen? Are you at all worried about the technology of copying in the same way that the music and movie industries are? Why or why not? How does your work as a free speech activist contribute to this debate? Is it a help or a hindrance to "creator's rights" that these copying technologies can allow individuals to control distribution and shake off the major media companies?

Thanks for your time, /EJS

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (2, Interesting)

eoyount (689574) | more than 10 years ago | (#7025979)

Yet, as of this moment, I haven't heard about a single case of writers and book artists complaining about the copying of their work on the internet.

You forgot about Stephen King's little foray into the electronic publishing world. He gave it up because people would pay the $SMALLAMOUNT for each chapter.

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (1)

turkeyphant (648612) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026056)

In addition, although authors aren't actually filing high-profile lawsuits at the moment, it's certainly an issue on website contributors' minds. Everything2 [everything2.org] 's recently concocted copyright policy [everything2.org] is clear evidence of this.

While copyright violations aren't actively being challenged right now, I believe it's only a matter of time before lawyers inform their greedy clients of the potential windfalls. However, currently, illegal distribution of copyrighted texts has not nearly reached the level of mp3/film/apps/games sharing. This is largely due to the inconveniences involved in reading any acquired data. Regardless, I do think that it's something likely to attract a lot more attention in the future...

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (3, Funny)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026240)

However, currently, illegal distribution of copyrighted texts has not nearly reached the level of mp3/film/apps/games sharing.

I think that's because you have to be able to *read* to want to steal a book. The bar of entry for music/film/game piracy is not set so high...

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (1)

turkeyphant (648612) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026443)

Good point. But surely there is sufficiently trashy reading material being produced to appeal to the masses?

Perhaps the major problem is easy of digitising? I have no idea how ebooks are created, but the process must be significantly more long winded than ripping a CD or smuggling a video camera into the local megaplex...

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026269)



I think that the issue now belongs to Stephen King's estate.


I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

sad news (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026307)


I just heard some sad news on talk radio - [the Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King death cliche] was found dead [on a slashdot thread] this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026009)

Many role-playing game books are redistributed illegally online, and some of the authors are upset.

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (1)

scowling (215030) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026025)

Harlan Ellison is perhaps the most famous example of an author complaining about the copying of his work online.

He sued AOL, Remarq, and several individuals, and has met with some success, too.

Sadly, his RIAA-like draconian efforts have alienated a number of his fans, including myself.

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026098)

"has met with some success, too."

That is up for debate - check the case files - how many actually went to court? how many laywers did he go through before settling some and dropping the rest?

A whole lot of wind from such a little man - especially sad whatwith his repeat admissions of not owning a computer and knowing nothing about the internet.

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026203)

A whole lot of wind from such a little man

Dude, Ellison contributed more to culture and civilization before he was 30 than you and likely your children will in your cumulative lives.

Who you calling "little?"

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026166)

Here's Mr. Ellison's POV [harlanellison.com]

An excerpt that will no doubt leave Slashdotters hankering for more:

"Why should any artist, of any kind, continue creating new work, eking out an existence in pursuit of a career, following the muse, when little Internet thieves, rodents without ethic or understanding, steal and steal and steal, conveniencing themselves and "screw the author"? What we're looking at is the death of the professional writer!"


Love him or hate him, ya gotta admit, the man DO know how to turn a phrase...

I know, technically... (1)

goldspider (445116) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026327)

...it's not Theft, so that makes it OK, right?

I think this guy is SPOT ON! So now whenever someone tries to recover payment for their work, their efforts are called "draconian"? Whatever happened to the noble "pay the artists, not the industry" sentiment?

And furthermore, I doubt your sincerity as a "fan", since you obviously don't believe his work of high enough quality to merit financial compensation.

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026027)

Neil,

I greatly enjoyed your anal sex with Adolf H. last night. After watching both of you fucking for hours, a question came to mind:

WHY ARE YOU SUCH A UGLY FAGOT?

Get a life, Mr Gheyman.

Thanks for your time,/AC

Re:Creator's rights and copying technologies (1)

UncleMediocre (689721) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026267)

I think you kind of answered your own question with "Do you feel that this might change in the future as people become more accustomed to getting their information on a screen?" The transfer of Internet music versus buying a cd is nearly transparent. Going from cd to mp3s doesn't require a radical change in the way people use the media. Basically they are getting the same thing as they had before, but now it's free. Books, however, have not found much success in the e-format. People are still preferring to curl up with a paper book than any e-gadget. It may change eventually, and probably will once someone comes up with a format that is easy on the eyes and provides the same enjoyment as a normal book. When that time comes, I have no doubt book wills be pirated and traded just like music is now.

The same Gaiman? (0, Offtopic)

mikefoley (51521) | more than 10 years ago | (#7025955)

Hi Neil,

Did you work at DEC in the late 80's/early 90's?

AXEL::FOLEY (For those who don't know, it was the DECnet method of addressing. node::username\

Thanks,

Re:The same Gaiman? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026089)


Pease read the article before posting, which obviously you didn't. In the NPR interview he talks about his experiences while working at DEC. Specifically, he worked with the VAX team. His job was to wait in the men's room and suck the dicks of any engineers who needed a stress relief. That is where he got the idea for his Sandman comics ... while looking into an unflushed toilet on day, he though "hhhmmmm ... shit. I bet if I put shit into comics form people would buy it." The rest is history.

New Gods? (2, Interesting)

Valar (167606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7025961)

I was wondering, if you had to go back and rewrite American Gods today, are there any new gods that you would add?

Re:New Gods? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026115)


I was wondering, if you had to go back and rewrite American Gods today, are there any new gods that you would add?

I bet he'd include Todd McFarlane, Neil Gainman's longtime butt-buddy and fellow cum digester.

Re:New Gods? (1)

Damn_Canuck (702128) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026302)

Probably not, since McFarlane took Gaiman's character if Angela and made his own changes, even though Gaiman owned all rights to her. When Gaiman wanted McFarlane to pay the royalties, McFarlane killed her character off to avoid having to do so.

Huh? (2, Informative)

Galvatron (115029) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026429)

What is this about? American Gods is only 2 years old! I don't think 2 years would radically alter how Neil Gaiman would write his book.

Shout Out (3, Interesting)

PastaQueen (305883) | more than 10 years ago | (#7025965)

I noticed you gave slashdot.org a shout out in the Destruction story in Endless Nights. Do you visit here often?

Question for Neil (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026142)


Hey Neil,

How are Alex and Geddy doing?

Thanks,
A Fan

We'll send 10 of the highest-moderated questions t (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7025969)

We'll send 10 of the highest-moderated questions to Neil tomorrow

Is this with a fucking fag +5 Troll karma modifier?

h4xin' NIGGERS SUCKCS11
(+5 Troll guarantee)

Re:We'll send 10 of the highest-moderated question (-1, Offtopic)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 10 years ago | (#7025990)

Hehe. You fail it. And you were trying to get a troll mod.

That makes my day.

Re:We'll send 10 of the highest-moderated question (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026018)

DAM YUO; I AM GOIND GTO KILL MYSELF11

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Re:We'll send 10 of the highest-moderated question
Re:We'll send 10 of the highest-moderated question (Score:-1, Offtopic)
by Elwood P Dowd (16933) on 19:24 Monday 22 September 2003 (#7025990)
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Wow (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7025984)

Please read this interview, listen to this NPR interview, and check other material about Neil before you ask questions, in order to avoid triteness.

That's a Lot of work for one day. I better push back that bug-fix deadline I have for tomorrow.

Re:Wow (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026041)

Yeah, I just stole my question from some interview :)

NIGGER
(+5 Troll guarantee)

My question. (3, Interesting)

Leffe (686621) | more than 10 years ago | (#7025992)

How did the actual comics medium affect how Sandman turned out, especially the Dreaming and the Endless?

As a Brit living in the US I feel very aware of... (5, Interesting)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 10 years ago | (#7025995)

...how you tailor your writing to which side of the Atlantic your intended audience is on. When I read Neverwhere it was the US edition and clearly contained language and explanations that would seem a little inappropriate to readers in the UK. Do you carry out your own 'translations' of your books? What differences do you see between American and British audiences to which you need to adapt? And how involved are you in the translations to other languages and hence cultures?

Journal (5, Interesting)

greenfield (226319) | more than 10 years ago | (#7025996)

You have a journal online at http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/journal.asp [neilgaiman.com] . What kind of an impact has your journal had on your interactions with the public? What thoughts do you have regarding online journals (aka weblogs) in general?

Re:Journal (3, Informative)

glazik (124046) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026084)

I thought it was funny that there is an Ask Slashdot with Gaiman, since he is so open and responsive in his journal. I'm glad to see that somebody mentioned it.

Also, Neil used to post a hell of a lot (and maybe still does) on inkwell.vue, the Well's [well.com] free, open-to-the-public conference. This kind of interaction with one's fans seems extremely rare.

In any case, I'm sure he's tickled to have been asked.

Re:Journal (1)

seasleepy (651293) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026364)

I was extra amused because he mentioned on his journal [neilgaiman.com] that he was going to be doing an Ask Slashdot about a couple of weeks ago. <g>

Where do you keep the statuette? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7025997)

From the Roblimo's favorite book of the 21st Century so far award

Tattoos and other forms of fan appreciation (4, Interesting)

Bluetrust25 (647829) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026007)

Neil,

Did you know that when you signed my girlfriend's lower back (at Vromans Book Store in Pasadena, 1999) that she went to a tattoo parlor right afterward to have the moment made permanent?

How do you deal with this kind of (admittedly deserved) fan appreciation?

Kind regards,

Michael Judge
SurveyComplete

P.S. American Gods and Coraline are fantastic!

Re:Tattoos and other forms of fan appreciation (4, Funny)

mccalli (323026) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026051)

...when you signed my girlfriend's lower back...she went to a tattoo parlor right afterward to have the moment made permanent...How do you deal with this kind of...fan appreciation?

The question is...how do you deal with this kind of fan appreciation?

Cheers,
Ian

Re:Tattoos and other forms of fan appreciation (1)

Creepy Crawler (680178) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026149)

You know, that kind of thing is just sad. That'd be one thing if my gd wanted to get a small tatoo, like a heart, somewhere. But some other guys signature?

If I was you (not you Ian), I'd dump her and get some girl that didnt have issues of worshipping some author. After all, seems that she loves somebody that she met once, and not you.

Have you both had a mental examination?

Re:Tattoos and other forms of fan appreciation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026278)

Especially some obscure author of cartoons and childrens novels.

Re:Tattoos and other forms of fan appreciation (1)

Bluetrust25 (647829) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026297)

...when you signed my girlfriend's lower back...she went to a tattoo parlor right afterward to have the moment made permanent...How do you deal with this kind of...fan appreciation?

The question is...how do you deal with this kind of fan appreciation?


Oh, it's just in good fun. If she wants to get a tattoo or twelve, more power to her. She just thinks that he's one of the best fiction writers of modern times and appreciates his artistry. From my perspective, it's much more fun to date a rocking, cute, artsy girl (with eccentricities) than someone who's into pop music, raving, or saving manatees.

Her next mission is to track down Shag [shag.com] (an artist) at a signing. She's hoping to ask him to draw a cat on her thigh for later tattooing. We met his brother Piet last weekend at an artsy thing and he said that he'd arrange to make it happen. Apparently, one of Shag's fans in Sydney had him draw something on her back (to get tattooed) and it's now one of his favorite stories. He took the request as a complement and it cheered him immensely.

So the tattoo thing is no big deal. At least they're good tattoos.

Re:Tattoos and other forms of fan appreciation (1)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026385)

She's hoping to ask him to draw a cat on her thigh for later tattooing.

Thats a bit redundant, considering that the real thing is just a few inches away...

Oh, THAT cat!

Re:Tattoos and other forms of fan appreciation (4, Interesting)

ephraim (192509) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026125)

I was at a Gaiman signing for The Wolves in the Walls a number of weeks ago in lower Manhattan. One of the questions from the audience was something along the lines of "What's the strangest thing you've ever had to sign?"

Gaiman's response was that a few years ago, a woman asked him to sign her breast. After doing so, she turned around and exclaimed with glee "NOW, you'll ALWAYS remember me!" He said that he didn't have the heart to tell her how many people had already pulled the same stunt with him...

He also admitted that he was a little freaked out by the people who tattooed his signature into their skin. /EJS

Re:Tattoos and other forms of fan appreciation (1)

dopplex (242543) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026425)

I believe his full description of one of the people who'd had his name tattooed into them was that there were still little droplets of blood everywhere.. Ewww.
He's a great speaker though. I was at that Borders signing and the "NY Is Book Country" talk on Saturday - He read the Despair story out of endless nights, and what's going to be a new McKean/Gaiman children's book "Crazy Hair" (Which had apparantly started just as a sort of joke poem.)
Gaiman signings are very worth it. He's a very personable author.

Re:Tattoos and other forms of fan appreciation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026141)

Score 4? Somebody please mod this junk down, I am embarassed to be associated with a site that finds this question worthy.

Re:Tattoos and other forms of fan appreciation (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026186)

This is a disturbing admission. The fact this submission was modded up can only reflect poorly on the moderators. Hopefully Radio Shack gets some more full-time slots so these guys can move along...

Re:Tattoos and other forms of fan appreciation (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026256)


Did you know that when you signed my girlfriend's lower back (at Vromans Book Store in Pasadena, 1999) that she went to a tattoo parlor right afterward to have the moment made permanent?

Neil,

Michael's girlfriend doesn't like it when I cum in her ass, so I pull out and shoot my load all over her back and your name. Has does it feel knowing that I am spunking my junk all over your signature every night?

Thanks,
A fan

Abandoned ideas (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026013)

Neil,

I vaguely recall from the Neverwhere DVD that the germ of the idea was the homeless of London, but that you were wary of glamorizing something that really is not glamorous. In the Talk of the Nation interview last week, the serial-killer convention was brought up, and I got the feeling you were uncomfortable with something so dark being glamorized.

I wonder if there have been any project ideas that you've left by the roadside because you felt the result would hold something unfortunate up for admiration.

my question to Neil (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026015)

What do you think of this whole SCO/IBM/Linux lawsuit debacle?

MOD PARENT UP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026139)

Arrr

Re:my question to Neil (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026140)

why is this offtopic? am i to understand that there is a specific, limited range of questions that we may only ask?

Re:my question to Neil (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026151)

There is to be only a narrow, biased question range. The only things that questions may pertain to are the following:

writing

celebrity

rest stop glory holes

That is all.

What's it like (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026024)

Having a last name that gets pronounced "Gay man" frequently?

Matrix 'Comic' (4, Interesting)

The Other White Boy (626206) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026030)

I really enjoyed your short story you wrote for the Matrix website when they had their series of 'comics' coinciding with the release of the second film. Are there any plans for you to be involved in any way in any future works in that series?

Terry Pratchett (4, Interesting)

mccalli (323026) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026032)

Neil:

I enjoyed Good Omens tremendously. Is there any possibility of the two of you working on another book?

Cheers,
Ian

and movie...? (3, Interesting)

klocwerk (48514) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026183)

what's the latest on the posibility of Good Omens coming to the screen?

Re:Terry Pratchett (2, Interesting)

jspey (183976) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026190)

I don't think it will ever happen. From what I've heard, Terry Pratchett doesn't really want to work with Neil again. It's not that Neil wasn't enjoyable to work with, it's that everything kept talking about the book that Neil Gaiman wrote with that other guy. Terry doesn't like to be the other guy.

John

Re:Terry Pratchett (1)

ephraim (192509) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026222)


Amazing how many of these same questions come up again and again at Gaiman interviews and talks. In any case...

At a signing, somebody asked this same question and Gaiman said that the two of them had worked on Good Omens together for fun. He didn't deny that they might ever do something like that again, but from his comments, I gathered that trying it again might not have the same excitement that the two of them were able to put into their first book together. /EJS

Re:Terry Pratchett (4, Informative)

dopplex (242543) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026455)

He's been asked this a lot. The answer was that "Good Omens" was somethign that happened before either of them had really made it. To do a sequel now would involve really high expectations, probably a lot of much to wade through, and they'd both pretty much rather just leave the wonderful "Good Omens" as the result of their collaboration, rather than risk tainting the process in some way.

The end of Sandman (5, Interesting)

Snowspinner (627098) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026033)

Does Endless Nights mark, to your mind, the final volume of Sandman? Or are there more stories you intend to tell in that universe. Do you see yourself ever being truly done with Sandman, or is it something you think you'll come back to every few years to fill in another hole or story here and there?

Re:The end of Sandman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026221)

i'm sure he'll write more sandman whenever he thinks of something new and expensive he 'needs.'

Re:The end of Sandman (1)

hcduvall (549304) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026290)

I don't really presume to answer for him, but I was at his talk/signing this past weekend. His basic talk was that he has a lot of stories left that haven't been told. Still, he likes the control that novels, children's books, and the other projects afford him- which doesn't take away from his love of comics, but those things are important to him right now.

Two novels, another kid's book, and then a Delirium story a ways a way. It'd include some coverage of her change from Delight to Delirium.

Question: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026045)

How'd you like the way I gave you the bone hard and fast the other day? I was the one wearing the sombrero.

Re:Question: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026059)

That was you?! I was the one wearing the donkey head.

Re:Question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026096)

I was the midget watching in the corner with a fat lady eating pie.

Sad news ... Stephen King dead at 55 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026063)


I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

OMG that's so sad!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026121)

I will be sure to send flowers

Thanks for the Gift (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026067)

I hate the itching, but it's funny. You know I don't seem to mind the swelling.

Who would get the role.... (0)

precogpunk (448371) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026076)

If your life was made into a movie (like American Spendor), who would play you?

Good Omens movie? (5, Interesting)

lina_inverse (699474) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026081)

I read in places that Good Omens was being considered for a movie release.
Is this still happening, and what do you think of it being made into a film?

Challenges in scripts (5, Interesting)

Savatte (111615) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026085)

What sort of challenges did you face when you wrote the script for the dub of Princess Mononoke?

Re:Challenges in scripts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026174)

I imagine his greatest challenge was fighting the depression when he considered how many times he would have to answer this question.

Good Omens, the movie? (1)

brandonY (575282) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026090)

There's been talk about a screen version of Good Omens on and off for several years now, but the film seems to be more or less dead in the water. Is there any hope that this film will actually get made at some point? If not, are there any chances of you and Pratchett working on a sequel?

Sheep (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026095)

Does the depth of geek herd mentality ever surprise you?

Coraline and the writing process for YA novels. (5, Interesting)

A Big Gnu Thrush (12795) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026103)

What led you to write the young adult novel Coraline?
Was the writing process for Coraline fundamentally different than some of your other works?
How did you control the prose to achieve a balance between richness of language and accessibility to your younger audience?

Why all the gushing? (0, Offtopic)

Sneftel (15416) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026109)

A very special "call for questions" today...Roblimo's favorite book of the 21st Century so far award for American Gods...a free speech activist....avoid triteness.

My Question:

Mr. Gaiman, what's wrong with Roblimo? Why does he keep humping your leg?

Small Gods and American Gods (5, Interesting)

brandonY (575282) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026120)

Neil, You and Terry Pratchett are two of my favorite authors, but asides from Good Omens, I never noticed much of a cross-over between any of your books. However, when American Gods came out, I couldn't help noticing that the portrayal of its gods and goddesses was very similar to Pratchett's portrayal of gods in Small Gods, another classic. Is this more than a coincidence?

Another Pratchett Collaboration? (0, Redundant)

Irishman (9604) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026126)

Good day,

Good Omens was one of the funniest books in the fantasy genre I have ever read. The blend of your wonderful gothic images with the bizarre twist that Pratchett can put on mundane things was amazing. Have you ever thought of writing another book together, assuming you can find more time when you are both awake?

A decade-old question... (4, Interesting)

gamgee5273 (410326) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026127)

Neil,

Back in March of 1993, some friends and I met you at the Motor City Comic Con. I brought Good Omens with me for you to sign, and one of my friends asked when you were going to get back together with Terry Pratchett to write another book. You mumbled something about the book to her, and signed "Burn this book!" in my copy.

So, for a decade, I've wondered on and off: What your true feelings are about Good Omens and Pratchett? Might we ever see another book from you two?

BTW, you gave me the best piece of advice I ever got about writing: Finish it. Whatever you start, finish it.

I appreciate that advice to this day.

Thanks,

Geoffrey Sperl

Detroit, MI

I know I should be asking about you and your work (5, Interesting)

rgoer (521471) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026130)

So I love every word I've read from your pen, but presently I'm in the middle of a dry spell--and the way I figure, if you're going to seek advice, seek advice from one you admire, right? So, are there any authors out there right now you can't get enough of? Anybody you're reading that you feel nobody should miss? Fiction, nonfiction, a decent biography you've read lately? Do you even have time to get a good read in with all the hustle and bustle of just being Neil Gaiman?

davis (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026133)

davis if you're out there yell . --collin

AAAAHHHHHHHH!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026230)

sincerely,
davis

Fanboys (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026143)

Do the fanboys stick to figuratively sucking your dick, or do they do it literally as well?

Terry Pratchett (3, Funny)

psyconaut (228947) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026144)

If you and Terry Pratchett were to wresetle (in a WWE style tournament), who would win? And why? What would you choose as a your wrestling name and outfit?

-psy

Two questions (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026148)

Who are you and what have you done lately that might be interesting to anyone but a homosexual slashbot geek like Roblimo?

Religious Beliefs/Philosophy (5, Interesting)

namespan (225296) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026152)

Do you have a set of religious beliefs or spiritual philosophy?

Re:Religious Beliefs/Philosophy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026223)

Yeah, he's a damn Scientologist.

Who in da hell is Neal Gayman? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026178)

...and why is this worthy of being here?

respect (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026188)

Dozens of people love your books but I'm not one of them. However, after seeing one of your comic books being shared on eDonkey I couldn't resist stealing it to put in my warez collection.

What would be really cool and would make me the envy of all the other doodz on my donkey server, is if you signed it. To save bandwidth (we're all responsible netizens after all) perhaps you can send me your private GPG key and I'll do it for you...

Ta in advance.

3 Quickfire questions (2, Interesting)

Sandman1971 (516283) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026189)

As you can probably tell by my name, I am a huge fan of yours. Sandman is what brought me back to comics.

#1) Is there any chance of bringing back Sandman on a semi-regular basis (IE: Quarterly)?

#2) Kudos on 1602. Your take on Marvel characters is interesting. I'm very curious as how this story will fit in the Marvel Universe timeline. How did this story come about?

#3) Will we ever see MiracleMan?

Simple Question (1)

JDRipper (610930) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026202)

How do you pronounce your last name?

American Gods "book of the century"???? (3, Insightful)

Ars-Fartsica (166957) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026226)

This man needs to read more. I enjoyed American Gods but please, Neil Gaiman is not the James Joyce of the twenty-first century.

Re:American Gods "book of the century"???? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026320)

Yeah, unlike Joyce, Gaiman writes good books.

That forgotten god from American Gods.. (5, Interesting)

Torinaga-Sama (189890) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026231)

Okay, this has been driving my wife and I CRAZY. The god in Ameican Gods that you can't remember after you talk to him. Was that modeled after an existing god or did you make that up yourself?

I believe you even stumped the internet on that one.

Excellent book. BTW.

Whatever happened to the Sandman movie? (1)

WheelDweller (108946) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026246)

Much like Batman, when I heard there was a Sandman movie in the works, my interest was piqued. I've even been thinking about casting for it:

Death: Bridget Fonda (Looks great in black, is thin, has that certain presence)

Dream: Still Thinking.

Desire: Tea Leoni (Thin, edgy, can be made to look male and female)

Delierium: Lori Petty (Did you see Tank Girl?!?!)

But it's been some time since I've heard anything about it...is it still in the works?

Social Permutations (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026247)

Neil,
I perversively enjoyed your aggragrious produce in "The Sandman". It was an eye opener for me of unforeseen proportions that allowed me to strip the molybdenium of my dentures.

Now my question is this: do you think the Yankees will win the pennant this year?

Thank you in advance.

The Balance of Collaboration (5, Interesting)

buckhead_buddy (186384) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026257)

Do you find solo work (such as American Gods) to be more productive or pleasant for you than collaborative work (such as Good Omens)?

The graphic novel medium relies strongly on collaboration. Not only with artists and editors, but also to a limited extent with marketers, trademark lawyers, and even the "past continuity" of what others before you have written. Your persistence in this field seems like it could get to be almost hellish unless you drew very solid boundaries with your collaborators or you really enjoyed such chaos.

As a freelance programmer I struggle trying to find the appropriate balance of collaboration to satisfy and motivate. While your work is in a completely different field, I'm curious what thoughts, anecdotes, or advice you might have on keeping collaboration in balance.

Religious Background (3, Interesting)

Torinaga-Sama (189890) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026281)

It is obvious in your writings that you spend a fair amount of time thinking about Religion, and I see that at least one other person has asked you about your current belief set. I have a slighly different question, as asking someone to explain their Religous Beliefs is like asking someone to urinate in public.

It is rumored (one doesn't believe everything one reads on the internet) that you come from a scientoligist (I can type that without gettin sued, right?) background, but you are no longer with the church. What are you feelings on Scientology now?

EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7026285)

After reading the entire Sandman run (1-75), I am certain that I'm not alone in this question.

Do you do any kind of drugs?

I mean... you *HAVE* to have to write that.

Its too good... tooooo good. Couldnt possibly write that sober.

Delight/Delirium and Merv (2, Interesting)

LordMorpheus72 (656646) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026359)

Hi Neil, Just a quick two part question for you. Two of my favorite characters in "The Sandman" are Delight and Merv Pumpkinhead. My question is this, will you ever write a story or let us know how Delight became Delirium and how did you ever come up with Merv? I read Hy Bender's Companion book and didn't see either question really answered. Thanks for your time and for all you have written. Shannon

The state comics industry (5, Interesting)

hcduvall (549304) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026371)

As one of the rock-style stars of the comics world (and more than a bit outside it), what do you think of the state of the industry as a whole?

They've been pinning a lot on the sales of your Endless Nights and 1602 work to bump sales and get readers into shops, but as whole the direct market continues on a slow downward arc- and the great savior graphic novels are grow more in bookstores than comic shops- what can we do to keep comics vital an interesting? To encourage more genre bending work like your own (I'd be happy with more gneres though)?

Coincidence? (3, Funny)

Creepy (93888) | more than 10 years ago | (#7026439)

Ok, just curious on this one -

Terry Gilliam was born in the Minneapolis area and moved to England.

Neil (Gaiman) is from England and moved to the Minneapolis area.

Neil would only work with Terry for making a Good Omens movie.

Is this some kind of weird symbiotic connection or am I drawing conclusions? :P
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