Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman


11/10/1960, Portchester, England

Birth Name

Neil Richard Gaiman


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Neil Gaiman was born and raised in England, and began his career as a journalist. He currently lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has worked in many media forms, including print (comic books, children's books, adult fiction), film, and music. In 2009, Neil announced that he had divorced his…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Neil's book, The Graveyard Book (published in 2008), won the Newberry Medal, given by the Association for Library Service to Children; it also won the Hugo in 2009 for Best Novel, and the Locus Award for best Young Adult Novel. In 2010, the book won the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the oldest and most respected award for children's writing in the U.K.

    • Neil is writing a book to accompany the new album by The Dresden Dolls' singer Amanda Palmer (Who Killed Amanda Palmer).

    • Neil will be the Guest of Honour at the Montreal WorldCon in 2009, held from August 6th to 10th.

    • Neil attended the 2007 San Diego ComicCon as a Special Guest, and received an Eisner, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian award and was kissed on stage by British television presenter, Jonathan Ross.

    • In the 2007 'Bloggers' Choice Awards', Neil was nominated for Best Celebrity Blogger; Best Blog Design; Best Blog of All Time; Hottest Daddy Blogger; and The "Blogitzer".

    • Neil's story, How To Talk To Girls At Parties was nominated for a Hugo Award in 2007; the award was won by Tim Pratt for his short story Impossible Dreams.

    • According to Neil, one of the things that he likes best about being a writer is that he can write whenever he wants, and isn't subject to "office hours."

    • Neil's book, Anansi Boys, was chosen by voters for the 2006 Mythopoeic Award; it was also awarded the August Derleth Award for "Best Novel, 2006" and chosen as the "Best Book For Young Adults" in 2006 by the American Library Association. In 2008, Neil wrote a film script of the book.

    • His Chinese astrological sign is the Rat.

    • His astrological sign is Scorpio.

    • Neil appeared at the Nebula Awards dinner in Tempe, Arizona on May 6, 2006, to present the Grand Master Award to Harlan Ellison.

    • Neil won a Hugo Award for "Best Short Story" in 2004 for A Study In Emerald (2003).

    • Neil's novel, Anansi Boys was placed on the Washington Post's Best Books of 2005 list.

    • Neil's book, Anansi Boys, was chosen as one of the 10 Best Novels of the Year by Publisher's Weekly in 2005.

    • His illustrated book, The Dream Hunters, won the Bram Stoker Award for "Best Illustrated Book" in 1999. The book was illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano.

    • Signal to Noise was adapted to a stage production in 1999. The proceeds benefited the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

    • Actress Dakota Fanning has been signed to be the voice actress of the lead character in the movie adaptation of Coraline.

    • In 1997, Neil won the "Defender of Liberty Award" from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

    • "My child, I'm sorry that your time on earth was too short, but you got as long as everyone else. You lived a lifetime." Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman.

    • When at home, Neil enjoys gardening; he has fruit trees, and grows pumpkins and zucchini.

    • In late-September and early-October of 2005, Neil did a cross-country tour in both the US and Canada to promote the release of his most recent book, Anansi Boys. In late-October, he did a similar tour in the U.K.

    • Neil wrote and directed a film short called "A Short Film About John Bolton" which was released in 2003, and on dvd in 2004.

    • Neil wrote an episode of Babylon 5, titled Day of the Dead, in 1997. It was the only episode of that series in the last three years of its run not to have been written by the creator of the show, J. Michael Straczynski.

    • Neil's favourite food is sushi, and he has commented that he likes Vancouver, B.C., Canada, as they have good sushi there!

    • The Dictionary of Literary Biography, published with yearly updates by The Gale Research Company, lists Neil Gaiman as one of the top 10 living post-modern writers.

    • Neil has been nominated for or received awards from such diverse countries as: Italy (Yellow Kid Award, 1995); Norway (Sproing Award, 1998); Germany (Max Und Moritz Award, 1998); Finland (Kemi Award, 1994); France (Julia Verlanger Award, 1999); Brazil (HQ Award, yearly from 1998 to 2001); as well as Canada, the United States and the U.K.

    • In 1992, Neil Gaiman was voted "Favourite Guest" and received a Ricky Award from the Canadian television show Prisoners of Gravity.

    • Gaiman's first children's book, The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish, (illustrated by Dave McKean) was published in 1997. Newsweek listed it as one of the best children's books of that year. It was re-published in 2004.

    • Gaiman wrote the English script for Hayao Miyazaki's Japanese blockbuster animated film, Mononokehime (Princess Mononoke). It was released in North America by Miramax in 1999, and was nominated for a Nebula Award for Best Script with both Gaiman and Miyazaki sharing the nomination.

    • Neil Gaiman co-authored Good Omens: The Nice And Accurate Prophesies Of Agnes Nutter: Witch with Terry Pratchett. This novel was on the Sunday Times (England) bestseller list for 17 weeks in 1990.

    • Neil Gaiman was co-creator and co-editor for the "Utterly Comic Comic Relief Comic", which, in 1991, raised over £40,000 for the UK Comic Relief charity.

    • Angels and Visitations (DreamHaven 1993), sold out its first printing of 10,000 almost immediately. It was reissued five times before being put out of print. Both "Troll Bridge", one of the stories in that book, as well as the book itself, were nominated for World Fantasy Awards in 1994. Angles And Visitations won the 1994 International Horror Critics' Guild Award for Best Collection.

    • Gaiman received the Eagle for Best Writer of American Comics in 1990. The Eagle awards are comic's longest standing awards, established in 1976.

    • Violent Cases, written by Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean, won the Eagle Award for Best Graphic Novel (1988).

    • Signal To Noise, a graphic novella written by Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean, was the winner of an Eisner award for Best Graphic Album. It was broadcast as a radio play on BBC Radio Three in October, 1996. The script for the radio play was written by Gaiman and was nominated for a SONY Radio Award.

    • The three-part comic series: Death: The Time of Your Life, (published in March 1997 in hardcover), won the GLAAD award for Best Comic of 1996.

    • The Sandman won the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for best writer (1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994), best continuing series (1991, 1992 and 1993), best graphic album (reprint) (1991), and the Best Graphic Album (new) (1993).

    • Gaiman's Marvel comic, 1602, won the Quill award for best graphic novel in 2005. Quill awards are American consumer driven awards, created to inspire reading and literacy.

    • Neil has three children: Mike, Holly and Maddy.

    • In 2005, at the Sundance Film Festival, his film, MirrorMask, premiered. It is a Jim Henson Company Production, which was written by Gaiman and directed by Dave McKean.

    • After a long absence, he returned to comics in 2004, publishing a series for Marvel called 1602. It was the best-selling comic in 2004.

    • Endless Nights, the first Sandman graphic novel published in seven years since the series ended, was the first graphic novel to appear on the New York Times bestseller list.

    • Wolves In The Walls, written by Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean, published in 2003, was named one of the best illustrated books of the year by the New York Times.

    • His first children's novel, Coraline, published in 2002, was nominated for the Prix Tam Tam (France), and won the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award (Wisconsin Library Association), the BSFA Award (Britain), the Hugo, the Nebula and the Bram Stoker Award.

    • His novel American Gods, published in 2001, won the Hugo, Nebula, SFX, Bram Stoker, and Locus Awards for Best Novel of the Year. It was also nominated in the category of "Best Novel" by the BSFA.

    • Issue #19 of Sandman won the World Fantasy Award for best short story in 1991. It was the first comic book to ever win this literary award.

    • He is definitely most well-known for his work in comics on his original Vertigo/DC series called The Sandman.

  • Quotes

    • (In a 1999 interview with
      Neil Gaiman: I was just dumbfounded by this wonderful First Amendment thing and how absolutely great it was. You see, I was coming from a country where that doesn't exist.

    • (in a note at the end of his graphic novel, The Wake)
      Neil Gaiman: My electronic address book contains the names of a number of people who have died . . .all it would take would be a press of the delete key to remove them. But that would be too final a goodbye, so they remain undeleted.

    • (on his fame in Canada from appearing on Prisoners of Gravity)
      Neil Gaiman: Toronto is one of the few places in the world where I have face recognition. They actually know what I look like.

    • (offering suggestions on how to promote the BBC series Neverwhere)
      Neil Gaiman: My own suggestion has unfortunately been ignored - I suggested 'not as scary as the (big letters) X Files, not as funny as (big letters) Red Dwarf!' but they said no! I thought that was good positioning for it. Absolutely nothing like the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy. It's not like Dr Who at all.

    • (on how he deals with being both a writing-superstar as well as a husband and father)
      Neil: It's definitely an interesting dichotomy, though. I was amused to be described both as "tall, dark and handsome" and as an "embarrassing old fart with a bad haircut" in a very nice article in the Sydney Morning Herald today.

    • Neil Gaiman: I'm very fond of writing female characters, they're just really enjoyable to write - I think for the simple reason they tend to be much more sensible than my male characters - which may say something about the way I view women and men.

    • (In a 2005 interview with Time magazine)
      Neil Gaiman: Somebody said that writers are like otters. And otters are really hard to train. Dolphins are easy to train. They do a trick, you give them a fish, they do the trick again, you give them a fish. They will keep doing that trick until the end of time. Otters, if they do a trick and you give them a fish, the next time they'll do a better trick or a different trick because they'd already done that one. And writers tend to be otters.