This week, Netflix adapts Neil Gaiman’s Sand sellers debuted for the first time. it gets a long, long road to adapt the legendary comic, and Gaiman’s participation helped keep the tuning in line with his intentions while making some important changes.
With the series out, what better time to celebrate the work of Gaiman, whose writing has been featured in basically every writing medium you can think of? Here are some of our favorite novels, short stories, graphic novels, TV episodes, and other types of work by the author (and more). Sandman-Specifically, this is ours favorite storyline from comic books).
While the question is yes or no Sand sellers Neil Gaiman’s best work is a matter of debate, I unequivocally assert that it is most Neil Gaiman works. This is because, as my colleague, Susana Polo eloquently explained, Sand sellers is the product not only of a once-in-a-lifetime moment in the history of comic book publishing, but of a young and ambitious writer who poured all of his creative passion into his work for fear that he would fail. There is no such opportunity anymore.
The result is not only one of the biggest hits in superhero comics (if not the biggest), but it’s also primed for the kinds of stories Gaiman will write for the rest of his career. Controversial gods and modern human aspects of American Gods? It is in Sand sellers. Urban fantasy and distant folklore elements of Never anywhere and Stardust? It is in Sand sellers. The whimsical horror humor of Coraline? You guessed it – Sand sellers. If nothing else, Sand sellers is a perfect input for any potential reader to familiarize themselves with Neil Gaiman’s distinctive writing style. Sand sellers feels like the main text for every story Gaiman can imagine wanting to write in the future. –Toussaint Egan
Good Omens was one of those things I heard about pop culture but never really knew what the hell it was – until I finally read the book and absolutely loved it and understood all the hype. Written by both Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, Good Omens somehow turning the apocalypse into a witty and captivating contemplation of the joys of humanity.
At its core, it’s about Aziraphale and Crowley, an angel and a demon, who have spent several thousand years going back and forth in each other’s lives, and as such have come to love each other and live on Earth. They work together to prevent the apocalypse from happening, even though their celestial and infernal boss really wants the apocalypse to just begin.
The TV adaptation, which stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant, is equally enjoyable – and adds to Aziraphale and Crowley’s relationship. It gets a second season. Gaiman has a lot of input in it and it will incorporate sequels that he and Pratchett never had to write, so here’s hoping it goes well. –Petrana Radulovic
Gaiman, if nothing else, is a versatile writer. In addition to comics and novels, he has written works as diverse as one of the most beloved volumes of Which doctor? and English script for Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke. But for my money, there’s nothing Gaiman does better than short stories.
First published in 1998, Smoke and Mirrors collects pieces dating back to 1984. Readers will find erotic comics, a Christmas card, sci-fi daydreams, fairy tales retellings, deconstructing fantasy authors great statue, and even a little poetry inside. But most of all, they’ll uncover Gaiman’s talent for short-lived, fantastical horror threads that leave you feeling queasy and end with – well, if you don’t hear the Cryptkeeper wailing as if from a distance far away, you probably didn’t notice. –Susana Polo
Mine Facts favorite puzzle about Stardust is that Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones once compared notes in John Donne’s “Song” – and in response to that poem, Gaiman wrote Stardust and Jones wrote Howl’s Moving Castle.
Both the original novel and the film version of Stardust play with fairy tale conventions (in a similar way Howl’s Moving Castle do). It follows Tristran Thorn (Tristan in the film), who promises to get a fallen star for the prettiest girl in his village – only to discover that the fallen star is actually a young girl. stubborn. There are fairies, witches, pirates on the floating ships – it’s a fun walk and a fascinating romance. And somehow the cinematic version captures the magic, albeit with a few changes to make it more cinematic and give it a happier ending.
However, the ending of the original book is one of the most bittersweet endings I’ve ever read and it holds a special place in my heart because of how devastated it made me feel. –PR
Coraline is a horror masterpiece for children. I still remember finding the book at my local library, immediately spelled out and horrified by the illustrated cover, which featured a character with buttons for eyes. I recently made the leap from primary readership to middle school chapter books, and I absolutely judge books by their covers. I don’t know how strongly this image will haunt me for weeks to come. It also made me a young Neil Gaiman fan.
I can’t remember the last time I read a book so quickly. Conceit is really scary, even if you’re an adult and extremely likeable as a kid. Like the thrill of children from portals to other worlds (see also: The land of the soul), Coraline stars a young girl who wishes her life could be a little different after moving to a new home. She slipped through a small door and into another universe where she met another Mother who made her favorite foods and let her have the adventures she really wanted. The chase? She cannot leave. In addition, her eyes will be replaced with buttons, like all the inhabitants of this universe.
The film adaptation is also excellent. In a beautiful coincidence, I’ve just become obsessed with stop motion, especially Tim Burton’s age of horror – especially anything directed by Henry Selick. Coraline was adapted by animation studio Laika (many years later they did Kubo and two ropes, an absolute masterpiece of animation). Directed by Selick Coraline the movie is whimsical, amazing, and most importantly, absolutely terrifying. I watched it when I was in sixth grade, and it gave me nightmares for weeks. It was, and still is, everything I ever wanted. –Nicole Clark
His 2012 “Make Good Art” opening speech
In 2012, I was a college student, nearing the end of my studies and starting a career in a turbulent industry. This initiation keynote, which I overheard after a friend shared it on Facebook, had a huge positive impact on me at a time when I needed that push.
The whole thing is worth it, but a special part is worth calling out.
People continue to work, in a freelance world, and more and more people in today’s world are freelance, because their work is good, because they are easy to get along with, and because they deliver on time. . And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is good. People will accept your annoyance if your work is good and you deliver it on time. They’ll forgive the tardiness of work if it’s good, and if they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as the others if you arrive on time and are always happy to hear from you.
It’s a valuable life lesson, especially as work increasingly creeps into every corner of our lives. I’m grateful that I heard it when I really needed it. —Pete Volk
His Tumblr presence
Before I explain – Yes, people still use Tumblr and it’s much more popular than people think. Neil Gaiman has been an active Tumblr user since 2011 and he still actively uses the microblogging platform to this day. This is remarkable, because celebrities have been famously bullied from Tumblr. Yet somehow, Neil Gaiman has outlived all of them, watching from the shadows on his own console.
He always opens his question box and answers questions from fans. He for life and write advice. He talks about different adaptations of his works, provide information he can provide and reply with a signature “Wait and see” when he can’t. He plays with silly jokes and additional reblog. He helps fans follow obscure lines he wrote. And like the reality of the Internet, he addresses his share of haters and trollsbut he was always very gracious to them.
He also reposted posts, add new information, provide funny commentaryor give useful tips (this usually comes as a surprise from people who actually happen to get a review from Neil Gaiman in the wild, and it’s always really fun to watch).
He’s just a good internet presence, which is extremely rare to see these days. –PR
Neil Gaiman? What are you doing in my falafel?
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the episode of the PBS Kids series Arthur where Neil Gaiman goes to advise Sue Ellen on writing his own graphic novel. In this episode, she meets Gaiman (at least his Arthur-sona, who is a cat) at a reading and he gives her a copy of Coraline graphic novel. As she tries to write her own book and is frustrated by her friends’ feedback and her own self-doubt, an imaginary version of Gaiman appears to give her some helpful advice. ! It’s a lovely episode about the creative process – but also offers the hilarity of the feline-like Neil Gaiman sitting in a falafel. –PR