October in the Chair

It took me a little while to figure out how the story worked, and when it was done I dedicated it to Ray Bradbury, who would have written it much better than I did. -- Neil Gaiman

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Baby Cakes

This is an adaptation of a short story by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Katy Riddell.

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The Problem of Susan


This is an adaptation of a short story Neil Gaiman wrote in response to The Chronicles of Narnia, specifically The Last Battle. Gaiman has often spoken fondly of Lewis but it's clear he also has a few criticisms.

For the first half of the story he makes a number of legitimate points in regards to Lewis' writing and then it... turns into something else. I honestly don't know what Gaiman is trying to say with it.

NSFW for nudity and gore (...yeah). Also goes without saying that if you haven't read the series this spoils a number of plot points from the last book.

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Closing Time

All the places in this story are true places, although I have changed a few names—the Diogenes Club was really the Troy Club in Hanway Street, for example. Some of the people and events are true as well, truer than one might imagine. As I write this I find myself wondering whether that little playhouse still exists, or if they knocked it down and built houses on the ground where it waited, but I confess I have no desire actually to go and find out. -- Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman's Future Shocks

Although we've all been having fun posting lower-profile Alan Moore comics, we mustn't neglect the lesser-known work of other great comic book writers. Thus: Neil Gaiman's first published work in comics, from 2000 AD.

'It only works if you believe in it...' )

The Sandman Universe #1

If a writer's known for doing A Certain Thing, especially at an early stage, it's really difficult to subsequently demonstrate range. There are plenty of creators out there who really lean into that bend, by the way. People who become so intrinsically associated with a single tone or a recurring motif that they wind up putting themselves at the heart of the reading experience. It's branding, inadvertent or otherwise. These are people (usually writers) who stand in front of their stories rather than behind them. I think that's a perfectly reasonable course to take, especially in a world so sodden with opportunities for creator/audience engagement, but for my tastes it feels a little like a gilded cage. After having a great many long, hard discussions with myself I've realised the only thing I feel so strongly about that I can imagine it saturating every single piece of work I ever do – the only thing I'd ever risk becoming my brand, in other words – is my conviction that story is an existential technology. -- Si Spurrier

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Summer of Love 50th: Gaiman brings Brother Power back

"I'd read the two BROTHER POWER THE GEEK comics as a small boy, and thought they were seriously weird. Rereading them as an adult they were still seriously weird, and funny, and touched with a sad, strange nostalgia. I'd been reading some Ken Kesey, and somehow the idea of Brother Power as a final remnant of flower power began to possess me. 'At least you didn't bring back Prez,' said my friends, relieved. Little did they know."
--Neil Gaiman, Midnight Days

Mild gore on one page.

'Like where did the beeeautiful people go?' )
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Sandman: Thermidor

To commemorate the recent defeat of an extremist, intolerant French politician, here's a story featuring an earlier such figure. Warning for gore.

'The myths are dead [...] There is only the state, and the people.' )
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A look back at the Golden Age Riddler

One of the big names when it comes to Batman villains, the Riddler has worn a number of different variations over the years. From egotistical violent criminal to relic of a more innocent period of supervillainy to Batman's Smartest Foe, Eddie Nygma is curious as he's often subject to far more internal analysis than you'd expect for a man who wears clothes covered in punctuation.

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Sandman: Prez Rickard in "The Golden Boy"

"[In] the summer of 1993 [...] I was still new to the U.S. and I was struck by how powerfully my friends reacted to Bill Clinton, who had become president about eight months earlier. They had been so happy when Clinton was elected, as if he was going to fix everything. And when some time had passed and he hadn't yet done the things they'd expected, they were genuinely heartbroken, as if something deeply religious had gone wrong. It seemed clear to me that they were yearning for a savior, someone to sort it all out for them. So I thought I'd do a story, in the form of synoptic gospel, in which I'd give my friends the kind of president they wanted."

-- Neil Gaiman in Hy Bender's The Sandman Companion, 182

'I want to make a difference' )