This week, the Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman makes his debut. It’s been a long, long road for adapting the legendary comic, and Gaiman’s involvement helped keep the adaptation true to his intent while making some key changes.
With the series out, what better time to celebrate the work of Gaiman, whose writing has been featured in basically every possible writing medium you can think of? Here are some of our favorite novels, short stories, graphic novels, TV episodes, and assorted other works by the author (and for something else Sandman-specifically, here are our favorite comic book stories).
Although the question of whether or not The Sandman is Neil Gaiman’s best work is a matter of debate, I emphatically contend that it is the the majority Artwork by Neil Gaiman. This is because, as my colleague Susana Polo so eloquently explains, The Sandman it was the product not only of a unique moment in the history of comics publishing, but also of an ambitious young writer who poured every one of his creative passions into work for fear he might never get that opportunity again.
The result was not only one of the biggest cult hits in superhero comics (if not the biggest), but an introduction to the types of stories Gaiman would write throughout the rest of his career. The disputed deities and the modern anthropomorphic aspects of american gods? That is in The Sandman. Elements of urban fantasy and remote folklore of never anywhere Y star dust? That is in The Sandman. The whimsical horror-humor of coralline? you guessed it – The Sandman. if nothing else, The Sandman it is a perfect entry point for any potential reader to become familiar with Neil Gaiman’s unique style of writing. The Sandman feels like ur text for every story Gaiman possibly aspires to write in the future. —Toussaint Egan
good omens it’s one of those pop culture things that I had heard about but never really knew what the heck it was until I finally read the book and absolutely fell in love with it and understood all the hype. Written by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, good omens it somehow turns the apocalypse into a witty and charming reflection on the joys of humanity.
In essence, it’s about Aziraphale and Crowley, an angel and a demon, who have spent the last few thousand years drifting in and out of each other’s lives, and as such, have grown quite fond of each other and living on Earth. They band together to prevent the apocalypse from happening, despite the fact that their heavenly and hellish bosses really want the end of the world to begin now.
The television adaptation, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, is just as delightful and further develops Aziraphale and Crowley’s relationship. It’s going to have a second season. Gaiman has a lot of input and will incorporate bits of the sequel that he and Pratchett never wrote, so hopefully it sticks. —petrana radulović
Gaiman is at least a versatile writer. In addition to comics and novels, he has written works as diverse as one of the most beloved episodes of doctor who and the script in English by Studio Ghibli princess mononoke. But for my money, there’s nothing Gaiman does better than short stories.
First published in 1998, smoke and mirrors collects pieces dating back to 1984. The reader will find erotica, a Christmas card, dreamy science fiction, retelling of fairy tales, deconstructions of the great fantasy authors, and even a bit of poetry. But most of all, they’ll discover Gaiman’s talent for the short fantasy horror story that fills you with trepidation and ends with… well, if you don’t hear the Crypt Keeper guffawing like he’s a long way off, maybe Do not be. pay attention. —susana polo
my favorite trivia about star dust is that Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones once compared notes on John Donne’s “Song”, and in response to that poem, Gaiman wrote star dust and Jones wrote Howl’s Moving Castle.
Both the original novel and the film version of star dust play with fairy tale conventions (similarly to Howl’s Moving Castle does). It follows Tristran Thorn (Tristan in the film), who vows to find a fallen star for the most beautiful girl in his town, only to discover that the fallen star is actually a headstrong young woman. There are fairies, witches, pirates on floating ships – it’s a fun romp and a captivating romance. And somehow, the movie version manages to capture the magic, albeit with a few changes to make it more cinematic and give it a happier ending.
However, the ending of the original book is one of the most poignant and bittersweet endings I have ever read and it holds a special place in my heart because of how devastated it makes me feel. —public relations
coralline is a horror masterpiece for kids. I still remember finding the book in my local library, both spellbound and terrified by the illustrated cover, which featured a character with buttons instead of eyes. I had recently made the jump from the early readers section to the middle grade chapter books, and I was judging the books by their covers. Little did I know how strongly this iconography would haunt me for the next few weeks. It also made me a young fan of Neil Gaiman.
I couldn’t remember the last time I read a book so fast. The smugness is genuinely terrifying, even if you’re an adult, and incredibly relatable as a child. Like other portal to another world children’s thrillers (see also: made to disappear), coralline starring a young woman who wishes her life was a little different after moving to a new home. She crawls through a small door into another universe, where she meets Other Mother, who cooks her favorite foods and lets her have the adventures she really wants. The capture? She can never leave. Also, her eyes will be replaced by buttons, like all residents of this universe.
The film adaptation is also excellent. In a beautiful coincidence, I had just become obsessed with stop motion, particularly that cheesy Tim Burton era of horror, especially anything directed by Henry Selick. coralline was adapted by the animation studio Laika (years later they made Kubo and the two strings, an absolute marvel of animation). Directed by Selick coralline The movie is whimsical, wonderful, and most importantly, downright terrifying. I saw it when I was in sixth grade and it gave me nightmares for weeks. It was, and still is, everything I ever wanted. —nicole clark
His 2012 “Make Good Art” commencement speech
In 2012, I was in my third year of college and nearing the end of my education and the beginning of a career in a volatile industry. This commencement speech, which I came across after a friend shared it on Facebook, had a huge positive impact on me at a time when I needed that boost.
It’s all worthwhile, but one part in particular is worth mentioning.
People continue to work, in a freelance world, and more and more the world today is freelance, because their work is good, and because they are easy to get along with, and because they deliver work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how obnoxious you are if your work is good and you turn it in on time. They’ll forgive late work if it’s good and if they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as everyone else if you show up on time and it’s always nice to hear from you.
It’s a valuable life lesson, especially as work infiltrates more and more of every part of our lives. I am grateful that I listened to it at a time when I really needed it. —Pete Volk
Your presence on Tumblr
Before making- Yes, people still use Tumblr and it is much more popular than most people realize. Neil Gaiman has been an active Tumblr user since 2011, and he still actively uses the microblogging platform to this day. This is notable, because celebrities have been notoriously bullied outside of Tumblr. Yet somehow Neil Gaiman has survived them all, watching from the shadows of his own board.
He keeps his question box open and answers questions from fans. Gives life and writing advice. He talks about the various adaptations of his works, gives information that he is capable of giving and responds with a signature “wait and see” when he cannot. Play around with silly jokes and reblog additions. Help fans trace the dark lines he has written. And as is the reality of the internet, he deals with his share of haters and trolls, but is always remarkably nice to them.
It also reblogs posts, adds new information, provides funny comments, or provides helpful advice (this usually causes some surprise for people who organically stumble upon a Neil Gaiman comment in the wild, and it’s always really fun to watch).
It’s just a good internet presence, which is extremely rare to see these days. —public relations
Neil Gaiman? What are you doing in my falafel?
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the episode of the PBS Kids series Arthur where Neil Gaiman comes to advise Sue Ellen on how to write her own graphic novel. In the episode, she meets Gaiman (her Arthur-son of hers, at least, which is a cat) at a book reading and he gives her a copy of the book. coralline graphic novel. When he tries to write his own book and gets put off by his friends’ comments and his own doubts, an imaginary version of Gaiman shows up to give him some good advice! It’s a delightful episode about the creative process, but it also delivers the hilarity of a little cat-shaped Neil Gaiman sitting on falafel. —public relations