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Over the past twenty years, Neil Gaiman has developed into the premier fantasist of his generation, achieving that rarest of combinations—unrivaled critical respect and extraordinary commercial success.  From the landmark comic book series The Sandman to novels such as the New York Times bestselling American Gods and Anansi Boys, from childrens literature like Coraline to screenplays for such films as Beowulf, Gaiman work has garnered him an enthusiastic and fiercely loyal, global following.  To comic book fans, he is Zeus in the pantheon of creative gods, having changed that industry forever.  For discerning readers, he bridges the vast gap that traditionally divides lovers of “literary” and “genre” fiction.  Gaiman is truly a pop culture phenomenon, an artist with a magic touch whose work has won almost universal acclaim.

Now, for the first time ever, Prince of Stories chronicles the history and impact of the complete works of Neil Gaiman in film, fiction, music, comic books, and beyond. Containing hours of exclusive interviews with Gaiman and conversations with his collaborators, as well as wonderful nuggets of his work such as the beginning of an unpublished novel, a rare comic and never-before-seen essay, this is a treasure trove of all things Gaiman. In addition to providing in depth information and commentary on Gaimans myriad works, the book also includes rare photographs, book covers, artwork, and related trivia and minutiae, making it both an insightful introduction to his work, and a true “must-have” for his ever growing legion of fans.

Hank Wagners reviews and interviews have appeared in Mystery Scene, Cemetery Dance, Hellnotes, and The New York Review of Science Fiction. Wagner is a co-author of The Complete Stephen King Universe.

Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of numerous novels, of which there are 8 million copies in print. His non-fiction work includes The Complete Stephen King Universe and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watchers Guide.

Stephen R. Bissette is a cartoonist, writer, editor, and publisher. He is best-known for Saga of the Swamp Thing, Taboo, 1963, Tyrant, and co-creating John Constantine. Bissette also illustrates books and has authored fiction and non-fiction.

Over the past twenty years, Neil Gaiman has developed into the premier fantasist of his generation, achieving that rarest of combinations—unrivaled critical respect and extraordinary commercial success. From the landmark comic book series The Sandman to novels such as The New York Times bestselling American Gods and Anansi Boys, from childrens literature like Coraline to screenplays for such films as Beowulf, Gaiman work has garnered him an enthusiastic and fiercely loyal, global following. To comic book fans, he is Zeus in the pantheon of creative gods, having changed that industry forever. For discerning readers, he bridges the vast gap that traditionally divides lovers of “literary” and “genre” fiction. Gaiman is truly a pop culture phenomenon, an artist with a magic touch whose work has won almost universal acclaim.

Now, for the first time ever, Prince of Stories chronicles the history and impact of the complete works of Neil Gaiman in film, fiction, music, comic books, and beyond. Containing hours of exclusive interviews with Gaiman and conversations with his collaborators, as well as wonderful nuggets of his work such as the beginning of an unpublished novel, a rare comic and never-before-seen essay, this is a treasure trove of all things Gaiman. In addition to providing in depth information and commentary on Gaimans myriad works, the book also includes rare photographs, book covers, artwork, and related trivia and minutiae, making it both an insightful introduction to his work, and a true “must-have” for his ever growing legion of fans.

"This tribute is a tremendous gift to Neil Gaiman fans. Whether the reader wants to know the inspiration and background information for Gaiman's many works or factual tidbits about the man himself, this volume delivers. The authors, all impressive writers themselves, have conducted extensive research and interviews in their effort to create a compendium of data about one of fantasy's finest writers. Without a doubt, it is the most comprehensive resource about Neil Gaiman to date. Encyclopedic in scope, this book offers reprints of articles by Gaiman, back stories, interviews with illustrators and others who work with Gaiman, photos, illustrations, and sneak peeks at future works. Although broad in scope, this work also contains fascinating minutiae about all things Gaiman as well as entertaining quotes from him. The extensive interview with Gaiman is especially enjoyable, as are his anecdotes about celebrity and fans and his responses to movies such as Stardust. The appendixes offer a chronology, further reading, Web sites, and other helpful information. Well written, well organized, and fun to peruse, this book can be enjoyed as a cover-to-cover read or a random browse. Readers will learn a lot about Gaiman, storytelling and the writing process. A book you can get lost in, it will appeal to Gaiman fans of all ages. This impressive resource should find a place on the shelves alongside Hy Bender's The Sandman Companion (DC Comics, 1999)."—Rachelle Bilz, VOYA

"Massively popular fantasy/horror writer Gaiman gets a critical treatment previously reserved for authors of the classics. It's doubtful that even the most avid fan couldn't learn something from this great work. Opening with an introductory biographical piece, the book also has a fascinating gem—an article Gaiman was hired to write in 1984 about Fantasycon VIII of the British Fantasy Society. The piece clearly displays the wit and storytelling ability that would later make him famous. His first published book was a 'biography' of new-wave band Duran Duran, but what brought him fame was the writing of the 'Sandman' series for DC Comics. Gaiman wrote 10 volumes of the series as well as a few spinoffs of this still frequently read classic. He also wrote quite a few other comics in this time period, and each one is given similar treatment to the 'Sandman'—a plot synopsis, trivia, lists of important people and places, and a quote from Gaiman or about him. The novels, short stories, and scripts include the same information. Also included are interviews with artists and cowriters, and occasional photographs. The book ends with a lengthy interview, as well as one with his assistant. A must where Gaiman is popular."—Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, Maryland, School Library Journal

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This book explores the work of Neil Gaiman, internationally bestselling author and pop culture phenomenon. "Prince of Stories" chronicles the history and impact of the author's complete works in film, fiction, comic books, and more. 16-page b&w and 8-page color photo inserts.

Synopsis:

Over the past twenty years, Neil Gaiman has developed into the premier fantasist of his generation, achieving that rarest of combinations—unrivaled critical respect and extraordinary commercial success.  From the landmark comic book series The Sandman to novels such as the New York Times bestselling American Gods and Anansi Boys, from childrens literature like Coraline to screenplays for such films as Beowulf, Gaiman work has garnered him an enthusiastic and fiercely loyal, global following.  To comic book fans, he is Zeus in the pantheon of creative gods, having changed that industry forever.  For discerning readers, he bridges the vast gap that traditionally divides lovers of “literary” and “genre” fiction.  Gaiman is truly a pop culture phenomenon, an artist with a magic touch whose work has won almost universal acclaim.

Now, for the first time ever, Prince of Stories chronicles the history and impact of the complete works of Neil Gaiman in film, fiction, music, comic books, and beyond. Containing hours of exclusive interviews with Gaiman and conversations with his collaborators, as well as wonderful nuggets of his work such as the beginning of an unpublished novel, a rare comic and never-before-seen essay, this is a treasure trove of all things Gaiman. In addition to providing in depth information and commentary on Gaimans myriad works, the book also includes rare photographs, book covers, artwork, and related trivia and minutiae, making it both an insightful introduction to his work, and a true “must-have” for his ever growing legion of fans.

About the Author

HANK WAGNERs reviews and interviews have appeared in Mystery Scene, Cemetery Dance, Hellnotes, and The New York Review of Science Fiction.  Wagner is a co-author of The Complete Stephen King Universe. 

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of numerous novels, of which there are 8 million copies in print. His non-fiction work includes The Complete Stephen King Universe and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watchers Guide.

STEPHEN R. BISSETTE is a cartoonist, writer, editor, and publisher. He is best-known for Saga of the Swamp Thing, Taboo, '1963,' Tyrant, and co-creating John Constantine. Bissette also illustrates books and has authored fiction and non-fiction.

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djjd62, January 13, 2009 (view all comments by djjd62)
a must for gaiman fans, well documented and informative

in depth analysis of every project that gaiman has been involved with

plot details, character studies, trivia and selected essays and reflections from gaimans collaborators and peers

a wonderful look at a great mind
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312387655
Subtitle:
The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman
Author:
Wagner, Hank
Author:
Golden, Christopher
Author:
Bissette, Stephen R.
Author:
Pratchett, Terry
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Gaiman, Neil
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subject:
Characters
Subject:
Gaiman, Neil - Characters
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081028
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 hafltones throughout plus one 16-page
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.303 in

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"Synopsis" by , This book explores the work of Neil Gaiman, internationally bestselling author and pop culture phenomenon. "Prince of Stories" chronicles the history and impact of the author's complete works in film, fiction, comic books, and more. 16-page b&w and 8-page color photo inserts.
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Over the past twenty years, Neil Gaiman has developed into the premier fantasist of his generation, achieving that rarest of combinations—unrivaled critical respect and extraordinary commercial success.  From the landmark comic book series The Sandman to novels such as the New York Times bestselling American Gods and Anansi Boys, from childrens literature like Coraline to screenplays for such films as Beowulf, Gaiman work has garnered him an enthusiastic and fiercely loyal, global following.  To comic book fans, he is Zeus in the pantheon of creative gods, having changed that industry forever.  For discerning readers, he bridges the vast gap that traditionally divides lovers of “literary” and “genre” fiction.  Gaiman is truly a pop culture phenomenon, an artist with a magic touch whose work has won almost universal acclaim.

Now, for the first time ever, Prince of Stories chronicles the history and impact of the complete works of Neil Gaiman in film, fiction, music, comic books, and beyond. Containing hours of exclusive interviews with Gaiman and conversations with his collaborators, as well as wonderful nuggets of his work such as the beginning of an unpublished novel, a rare comic and never-before-seen essay, this is a treasure trove of all things Gaiman. In addition to providing in depth information and commentary on Gaimans myriad works, the book also includes rare photographs, book covers, artwork, and related trivia and minutiae, making it both an insightful introduction to his work, and a true “must-have” for his ever growing legion of fans.

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