Conversations with Neil Gaiman

Edited by Joseph Michael Sommers

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches

9781496818690 Printed casebinding $90.00S

9781496818706 Paper $25.00T

Printed casebinding, $90.00

Paper, $25.00

"I'm the kind of writer that tells stories. I don't think of myself as being in any particular box. If I had to 'genre myself,' I'd say, 'I suppose I'm an imaginative writer.' "

Neil Gaiman (b. 1960) currently reigns in the literary world as one of the most critically decorated and popular authors of the last fift y years. Perhaps best known as the writer of the Harvey, Eisner, and World Fantasy-award winning DC/Vertigo series, The Sandman, Gaiman quickly became equally renowned in literary circles for works such as Neverwhere, Coraline, American Gods, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning The Graveyard Book. For adults, for children, for the comics reader to the viewer of the BBC's Doctor Who, Gaiman's writing has crossed the borders of virtually all media and every language, making him a celebrity on a worldwide scale. The interviews presented here span the length of his career, beginning with his first formal interview by the BBC at the age of seven and ending with a new, unpublished interview held in 2017. They cover topics as wide and varied as a young Gaiman's thoughts on Scientology and managing anger, learning the comics trade from Alan Moore, and being on the clock virtually 24/7.

What emerges is a complicated picture of a man who seems fully assembled from the start of his career, but only came to feel comfortable in his own skin and voice far later in life. The man who brought Morpheus from the folds of his imagination into the world shares his dreams and aspirations from different points in his life, including informing readers where he plans to take them next.

JOSEPH MICHAEL SOMMERS, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, is professor of English at Central Michigan University where he regularly teaches coursework in comics, children's literature, and popular culture. His work has been published in academic journals, anthologies, and encyclopedias alike. He has written, edited, and coedited books such as Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore: Critical Essays on the Graphic Novels; Game on, Hollywood! Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema; Critical Insights: The American Comic Book; and Critical Insights: Neil Gaiman.

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches