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Neil Gaiman

Cult Figure in Modern Comics, Author of Coraline, Stardust & The Sandman series - Panelist Blurb

"I make things up and write them down” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. Today, as one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages.

Gaiman’s groundbreaking Sandman comics, which received nine Eisner Awards, was described by Stephen King as having turned graphic novels into “art.” The Los Angeles Times called it the greatest epic in the history of the form, and an issue of Sandman was the first comic book to receive the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. His notable works include Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. His newest book is Art Matters, illustrated by Chris Riddell (William Morrow). In 2020 he will publish A Neil Gaiman Reader: Fiction (HarperCollins).

Much of Gaiman’s work has been adapted for visual media including Stardust, Coraline, Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories, and How to Talk to Girls at Parties. The hit series American Gods is in its third season on the Starz network and Good Omens debuted as an Amazon Prime series in 2019. Sandman is currently in development as a live-action TV series. “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains” is a novelette he turned into a performance piece which was performed widely, including at Carnegie Hall. Gaiman's novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was adapted as a play by The National Theatre in England. Gaiman’s commencement address “Make Good Art,” received 1.5 million views, and was released as a book.

A self-described “feral child who was raised in libraries,” Gaiman credits librarians with fostering a life-long love of reading. He is a passionate advocate for books and libraries, and a supporter and former board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. His blog has more than a million regular readers, and over two million people follow him on Twitter. In 2017 UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, appointed Gaiman as a global Goodwill Ambassador.

Born in England, Gaiman lives in the United States and teaches at Bard College. He is married to artist/musician Amanda Palmer, with whom he sometimes performs.