Nov. 29, 2011 | 9:24 a.m.
The master storyteller Neil Gaiman has mapped many fantasy landscapes, but in the television miniseries “Neverwhere” he presents a dark vision of magical London that feels as close as the next Underground station. “A friend of mine’s mother described it as Narnia on the Northern Line,” Gaiman says, “and I found that to be actually incredibly accurate.” “Neverwhere” aired in 1996 as a six-part, three-hour series on British television and now it’s reaching the U.S. in a new 15th anniversary home video collection. The story hinges on a meeting between two people and an act of kindness; a Scot named Richard Mayhew (Gary Bakewell), a businessman in London, stops one night to help an injured girl named Door (Laura Fraser) and then finds himself transported to a different version of the city that feels like a world away. The series then toggles between London Below and London […]
Nov. 18, 2011 | 12:36 p.m.
Ever feel like the world’s bookshelf has been hijacked by “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and ”The Hunger Games“? If so, you might want to visit Springfield this Sunday night when”The Simpsons” delivers one of its most ambitious episodes — an elaborate heist spoof that finds Homer, Bart and guest star Neil Gaiman trying to steal the thunder of today’s mega-successful publishing series. The episode, titled “The Book Job,” is a parody of Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” (and, yes, that is Andy Garcia playing the wealthy, cold-blooded heavy) but it saves its most savage parody for today’s novels of the fantastic which target young-skewing audiences. And, according to Matt Selman, an executive producer and longtime “Simpsons” writer, the episode has stirred excitement for the show’s creative team. “The show is all about the world of young-adult fantasy novels, as Homer assembles a team of Springfielders to write […]
Feb. 07, 2010 | 6:59 p.m.
Alicia Lozano makes her return to the Hero Complex with coverage of a packed-house event at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Neil Gaiman had a rough year. His father died while the 49-year-old author was working on a screenplay of his 2005 novel “Anansi Boys” and financing crumpled for a film adaptation of “The Graveyard Book.” But standing before a rapt audience (and a wildly diverse one, considering the children carrying copies of “Coraline,” the parents toting “American Gods” and goth kids wielding “Sandman” issues) at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Thursday night, Gaiman was nothing but sprightly storytelling and good omens. “I always wanted to be the kind of writer who can tell whatever stories he wanted,” said Gaiman, dressed in his ubiquitous uniform of black on black with appropriately shaggy hair and alabaster skin. “It never occurred to me not to be.” […]
Jan. 22, 2010 | 3:29 a.m.
Neil Gaiman knows that the best stories must be both bitter and sweet — he is, after all, the author of “The Graveyard Book,” the tender children’s novel that opens with a nasty knife murder. Still, the 49-year-old Brit sounds dazed when he reflects on the past year of his life. “I had a really strange year,” the author said in a faraway voice. “I was leading up to the writing of an ‘Anansi Boys’ screenplay [based on my 2005 novel], which begins with an incredibly funny sequence where the protagonist’s father keels over from a surprise heart attack. And as I was doing that my father keeled over and died of a surprise heart attack. It’s not terribly funny though, is it?” The death of David Gaiman during a business meeting in March left his son searching for words. […]
Jan. 02, 2010 | 5:55 p.m.
If you made a short list of the most important comic book writers of the last two decades, one of the names right near the top of that list would have to be Neil Gaiman, whose 75-issue run on “The Sandman” (1989-1996) stands as a towering achievement in graceful storytelling and genre ambition. He’s gone on to plenty of other great successes (“Coraline” and “The Graveyard Book” may actually live up to the overused and always suspicious term “instant classic”), and today we bring you a project that pulled him away from his familiar perch behind the writing desk. The whimsical short film “Statuesque” was written and directed by Gaiman and stars Bill Nighy and Amanda Palmer. Fun. Happy New Year everyone. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Neil Gaiman and the stuff that dreams are made of Neil […]
Nov. 03, 2009 | 12:55 a.m.
Brave enough to enter the other world? Come see a free screening of “Coraline” at 7:30 tonight at The Landmark at 10850 W. Pico Boulevard and then stick around for my interview with director Henry Selick up on stage. We’ll be taking questions from the audience as well, as this event that’s brought to you by the Los Angeles Times and The Envelope is the first of five screenings leading up to the Oscar voting. Hope to see you there. – Geoff Boucher Top photo by David Strick; photo of Neil Gaiman, below, by Kimberly Butler Neil Gaiman and the stuff that dreams are made of Neil Gaiman on the Hollywood future of “Sandman” Gaiman says Moore was the Beatles: “I was Gerry & Pacemakers” “Coraline”: Meet the cast Exclusive set photos: “Coraline” coming to life Henry Selick’s maquettes charm the Con
Jan. 29, 2009 | 2:35 a.m.
Neil Gaiman is still spinning from the news of the Newbery Medal win for "The Graveyard Book" and during an appearance on "The Today Show" the British author announced that there will be a film adaptation written and directed by none other than Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game," "The Brave One" and "Interview with the Vampire"). Here’s the video: – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Neil Gaiman dreams of a Morpheus on screen: "A ‘Sandman’ movie is an inevitability" Neil Gaiman says "Alan Moore got to be the Beatles…I was Gerry and the Pacemakers" Neil Gaiman says 20th anniversary of "Sandman" is "baffling and inspiring" ELSEWHERE: The Guardian: Neil Gaiman’s win is a "vote for populism" Washington Post: Year’s best book for kids starts with "sinister triple knifing"?
Jan. 27, 2009 | 12:48 a.m.
Welcome to Everyday Hero, your roundup of handpicked headliens from across the fanboy universe… "GRAVEYARD" WINS NEWBERY: Congrats are in order for Neil Gaiman, whose latest work has been awarded the Newbery Medal. Here’s the announcement: "The 2009 Newbery Medal winner is ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean, and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. A delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humor and human longing, the tale of Nobody Owens is told in magical, haunting prose. A child marked for death by an ancient league of assassins escapes into an abandoned graveyard, where he is reared and protected by its spirit denizens. ‘A child named Nobody, an assassin, a graveyard and the dead are the perfect combination in this deliciously creepy tale, which is sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting and sometimes surprising,’ said Newbery Committee Chair Rose V. […]
Dec. 29, 2008 | 6:29 p.m.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Neil Gaiman, who is one of the signature talents over the past two decades in comic books as well a writer of increasing renown for his novels and work in Hollywood. I posted a three-part Q&A from that interview right here on Hero Complex (it began here, continued here and then finished up here) but I also used the conversation as the foundation for a feature on the 20th anniversary of "The Sandman." That feature ran (finally) this morning on the cover of the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times. It won’t have many surprises for readers who checked out the full Q&A, but here’s an excerpt for everyone else and those Gaiman die-hard fans who just can’t get enough when it comes to this sparkling storyteller. –Geoff Boucher […]
Dec. 03, 2008 | 1:48 p.m.
EXCLUSIVE: This is the third and final part of our interview with Neil Gaiman on the 20th anniversary of "The Sandman." In this installment, the British native talks about the film future of Morpheus, his disappointments with the "Stardust" movie and his anxieties about the upcoming "Coraline" adaptation. (Read Part One and Part Two) GB: This seems to be the golden age of comic-book films and your Hollywood profile has risen with "Beowulf," "Stardust" and the upcoming "Coraline." So what can you tell us about the status of "The Sandman" as a Hollywood project? NG: Back in about 1991 or 1992 I got sent into a meeting with an executive at Warners. He told me, "They’re talking about a ‘Sandman’ movie," and I said. "Please, don’t do it." He said, "What?" I told him I’m still writing this thing, it’s […]