WHO WROTE WHAT BIT?
Ah. Another tricky one. As the official Keeper of the One True Copy, Terry physically wrote more of Draft 1 than Neil. But if 2,000 words are written down after a lot of excited shouting, it’s a moot point whose words they are. And, in any case, as a matter of honor both of them rewrote and footnoted the other guy’s stuff, and both can write passably in the other guy’s style. The Agnes Nutter scenes and the kids mostly originated with Terry, the Four Horsemen and anything with maggots started with Neil. Neil had the most influence on the opening, Terry on the ending. Apart from that, they just shouted excitedly a lot.
The point they both realised the text had wandered into its own world was in the basement of the old Gollancz books, where they’d got together to proofread the final copy, and Neil congratulated Terry on a line that Terry knew he hadn’t written, and Neil was certain that he hadn’t written either. They both privately suspect that at some point the book had started to generate text on its own, but neither of them will actually admit this publicly for fear of being thought odd.
Q:To extend on the Fragile Things comment and about human anatomy, I learned how to put on a condom from Death Talks About Life. So, thank you for that.
London Below. Richard Mayhew finds himself in a mysterious subterranean world
The first episode of BBC Radio 4’s Neverwhere, starring James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Anthony Stuart Head, Sir Christopher Lee, Bernard Cribbins, and oh, lots of people, went out today, which means you have 7 days left to listen to it, wherever you are. (It’s at the bottom of the page.)
(The next 5 episodes will go out over the next 5 days.) You can listen to NEVERWHERE anywhere in the world using a desktop/laptop computer.
If you are using a tablet or mobile device you can still listen but you’ll need a radio app like TuneIn Radio
This is the second time that Neil Gaiman is going to appear on this blog in less than a week, but so be it…
James and I were dreaming up a League of Extraordinary Gentleman homage the other day, featuring everyone’s favorite British Graphic-Novelists, so I went home and drew them up:
The League, personal illustration
Pictured (from left to right):
Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan), Grant Morrison (Animal Man, Doom Patrol), Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, From Hell, Watchmen, etc.), Neil Gaiman (Sandman), and Garth Ennis (Preacher).
These men give me vertigo.
I like that Warren Ellis looks a bit like an evil Charles Dickens. And that Grant Morrison looks like Lex Luthor. And that Alan Moore looks like Rasputin…but then again, when does Alan Moore not look like Rasputin?
Anyway, here’s the pre-greywashed line version:
I have no idea how tall any of these men are, respective to one another, so the scale might be way off. Garth Ennis, in particular, looks a lot shorter than I meant him to. Maybe I just made him slightly more Leprechaun-like subconsciously, because he’s Irish. He’s North Irish though…so still qualifies as “British”.
I didn’t make up the Guinness shirt though; he does wear that sometimes. I promise. I’ve seen pictures.
I wasn’t done with Alan Moore’s face though, so I did this caricature yesterday afternoon:
When a friend asked what I was doing, and I responded “Drawing Alan Moore,” he laughed and shouted “THAT crazy Wizard!”
"Word", I said.
The original artist (and the original, pre-coloured post) of the illustration I reblogged a few days ago. (The version I reblogged was up without credit. C’mon everybody: the joy of Tumblr is how very easy it is to credit people and to show where something came from.)
I wanted to put a reference to masturbation in one of the scripts for the Sandman. It was immediately cut by the editor. She told me, “There’s no masturbation in the DC Universe.” To which my reaction was, “Well that explains a lot about the DC Universe.”
My daughter Helena as Delirium and myself as Death from Sandman at Vancouver Fan Expo!
I’ve cosplayed for years, so my daughter has grown up seeing me in all kinds of costumes, but outside of Halloween stuff hadn’t taken much interest in dressing up herself so I never pushed the idea of cosplaying on her. Some of her favorite books in her collection are the little endless books about Deliriums adventures, she’s even shown them off at show and tell at school. So I’d been talking to her about this upcoming con I was going to and working at and she excitedly asked me if she could dress up as Delirium and have me go with her as Death. I was beyond excited at her request and quickly whipped these costumes up for us! Was so fun having her along with me and she really loved coming with me to a con for the first time. It was also awesome having her be the one who wanted to do the costume as she was in character the whole time introducing herself as Delirium and singing about her fishy balloon, even had her stuffed dog “Maribelle” cosplay with her as Barnabas.
You have no idea how happy this makes me.
James McAvoy as Richard - Natalie Dormer as Door - David Harewood as Marquis - Sophie Okonedo as Hunter - Benedict Cumberbatch as Islington - Anthony Head as Croup - Bernard Cribbins as Old Bailey - Romola Garai as Jessica - Christopher Lee as Earl of Earl’s Court [x]
Radio 4’s adaptation of ‘Neverwhere’ beginning March 16, 2013
I was reading a book (about interjections, oddly enough) yesterday which included the phrase “In these days of political correctness…” talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the colour of their skin. And I thought, “That’s not actually anything to do with “political correctness”. That’s just treating other people with respect.”
Which made me oddly happy. I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase “politically correct” wherever we could with “treating other people with respect”, and it made me smile.
You should try it. It’s peculiarly enlightening.
I know what you’re thinking now. You’re thinking “Oh my god, that’s treating other people with respect gone mad!”
Happy Valentine’s Day.
“After years together, he handed her a book. It was her favorite book, “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman. She opened to the first page to find a note. “Hello Ashley… Out of interest, what would you say to marrying Brad? – Neil Gaiman” And just like that, they were engaged.”
This is adorable. Very sneaky.
My New Year’s Wish
It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world.So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave – let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we’re faking them.And whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. We can find joy in the world if it’s joy we’re looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation.So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and joy.