Neil Gaiman doing research ‘on foot in rural China’ for ‘big project’

Aug. 21, 2008 | 9:56 p.m.

GaimanThere was an intriguing post last week on Neil Gaiman’s journal that suggests that the usually black-clad teller of tales is by now on a monthlong trek through the hinterlands of China on a story safari:

Tonight I’m home, sitting on the sofa with my daughters who are watching the Olympics. This morning I went out and bought lots of lightweight, quick-drying clothes and other useful travel things, with my assistant Lorraine. (At one point during the clothes-buying part of things Lorraine helpfully said, "Boss you’re still wearing their pants. Why don’t you go back into your own?" Which seemed like a sensible idea, so I grabbed my jeans and headed back to the changing room, overhearing the sales lady saying, "Is he a professor?" and Lorraine’s reply of, "He’s a writer. It’s the same thing.")

So I now have lots of new, light, easily washed clothes, many of them grey or white, which means I will spend much of the next four weeks feeling like I am in disguise.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to post while on the road — I’m going to be very much off the beaten track doing research for the next big project, and a lot of time I’ll be on foot in rural China…

The next big project sounds mighty interesting. Gaiman also said in that post that he is in talks with publisher HarperCollins about making his first novel, "Neverwhere," available for reading for free online, as was done with his book "American Gods" this past February. "Neverwhere" could be everywhere as soon as September, he wrote, and it will "be done in some different ways" than the "American Gods" approach.

In other Gaiman news, the Los Angeles Times recently had a well-done piece on the stage production inspired by his unsettling 1995 graphic novel "The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch."

The article was written by Amy Nicholson and quotes Gaiman on the underlying themes of the book.

"It’s not so much about the nature of memory as about the nature of family memory, collective memory, generational memory," says Gaiman. "Family secrets are always there and are impossible to properly unravel — and then at the point where the secret doesn’t matter, nobody remembers any longer."41237081

Gaiman’s story took root with SoCal’s Rogue Artists Ensemble, a company devoted to puppetry and masks. The Rogues spent two years asking to adapt the book for the stage — a "mad persistence," says Gaiman, that won them the distinction of being the first troupe to be given clearance.

"All the things we love to do are already in there," says Rogue’s artistic director Sean T. Cawelti, who stages the show.

But unpacking the layers of storytelling in puppet tradition — now warped and bracketed through modern eyes — is complicated for both company and audience.

"We play the violence as realistic and grim," says Cawelti of the puppet show within their show. "It’s a comment on what’s going on with the boy in his real world. This game is funny and cute, then serious things take place."

The play is running through Aug. 31 at the Bootleg Theatre (2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A., (800) 838-3006). It also got a very strong review by F. Kathleen Foley, also writing for The Times.

– Geoff Boucher

BONUS For fun, check out Gaiman’s favorite monsters of film from the past 25 years.

Photo of Neil Gaiman in Manhattan in 2007,  by Jennfer S. Altman for The Los Angeles Times.

"Punch" photo by Bobby Brown shows actors Sean Eaton, left, and Tom Ashworth from the Rogue Artist Ensemble.

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3 Responses to Neil Gaiman doing research ‘on foot in rural China’ for ‘big project’

  1. Ed says:

    Neil Gaiman is a Scientologist and he funds Scientology. The Gaiman family are founding US "Patrons" of Scientology for 2004 & 2006. According to ex scientologist Jon Attack, Patrons (are) the highest ranking membership – of the International Association of Scientologists. Founding Patrons (those who became Patrons by the IAS 20th Anniversary (October/November 2004) have donated US $40,000. Patrons with Honor have donated US $100,000. Go to http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/ and search for Gaiman to find The Gaiman Family USA listed as Patrons. Gaiman donates BIG money to Scientology.



  2. John says:

    Neil Gaiman just donated another $500,000.00 to Scientology in 2010 through his business partner Mary Gaiman who received a “Gold Humanitarian Award” for contributing to Ideal Org, MN.
    Neil Gaiman and Mary Gaiman are business partners in The Blank Corporation and are funneling millions of dollars into Scientology.
    The Gaiman family also derive a 6 million dollar income annually from G&G vitamins founded by the now deceased David Gaiman. G&G Vitamins has a monopoly to sell the purification rundown worldwide.
    http://forums.whyweprotest.net/304-celebrity-news

  3. jean says:

    Gaiman is a windbag. Who cares about this fool?

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