Cult Figure in Modern Comics, Author of Coraline, Stardust & The Sandman series
Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, as well as a renowned author of books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.
Credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, Gaiman is an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. He has achieved cult status and attracted increased media attention, including recent profiles in The New Yorker magazine, CBS News Sunday Morning, and Forbes magazine, where he was described as “the best-selling author you’ve never heard of.”
Gaiman has been among the top comics authors for more than two decades, and his work has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards as well as the 2009 Newbery Medal and 2010 Carnegie Medal in Literature.
Gaiman’s monthly cult DC Comics series The Sandman (Vertigo) was the winner of 12 Eisner Comic Industry Awards and a World Fantasy Award for best short story—making it the first comic ever to receive a literary award. Introduced in 1988, The Sandman ran 75 issues before the author ended the series in 1996 (while reigning as DC Comics’ best-selling monthly). Norman Mailer called The Sandman “a comic strip for intellectuals,” and The Los Angeles Times wrote of the series, “The greatest epic in the history of comic books.”
Gaiman’s best-selling 2008 release The Graveyard Book was the recipient of the 2008 Newbery Award, the top prize for children’s literature. Other notable releases include the New York Times no.1 best-seller Anansi Boys and the best-selling novel American Gods, which won the 2002 Bram Stoker Award, Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for best novel.
Gaiman has made quite a splash in film as well, having co-written with Roger Avary the script for the 2007 motion picture Beowulf, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie. The author also co-penned the script for 2007 major motion picture Stardust, starring Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes and narrated by Ian McKellan. An animated movie version of Gaiman’s highly popular novel Coraline, directed by Harry Selick, was released to rave reviews in 2009.
Neil Gaiman was born in England and currently lives with his wife, Amanda Palmer, outside of Minneapolis.