Neil Gaiman Philippines

This used to be the "Neil Gaiman in Manila" Event Website, but has now morphed into a local Gaiman fan blog, and soon, hopefully it will eventually evolve into a true fan site by Pinoy Gaiman fans. :)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Hello! *echo!*

If anyone is still reading this blog, I've moved all the Neil madness to Wordpress. :D Click here.

Keep dreaming, everyone! :)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Happy Birthday, Neil!

Neil turned 46 on November 9. Happy Birthday!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

"Fragile Things" Audio Excerpt Download

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Here's a link to download an audio excerpt of "Fragile Things"
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And a link to Neil's Halloween article in the NY Times
click click clickety click

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Absolute Sandman is shipping sooner than expected

Absolute Sandman Sooner Than Expected
It's like a delay, only the book ships earlier.
by Hilary Goldstein

October 3, 2006 - Today, DC Comics made a surprise announcement. The highly-anticipated Absolute Sandman Vol. 1, which was originally expected to ship on November 1, is instead shipping next week. The oversized hardcover collects the first 20 issues of Neil Gaiman's classic Vertigo series.

The cover price for the book is $99. However, you can find it at most online retailers for less. Unfortunately, it may not be immediately available at such places as The changed shipping date affects all direct market retailers (your local comics shop), but it is possible that major bookstores will not have Absolute Sandman by next week.

Currently, the date has not been altered on In other words, get your ass to your LCS next week to ensure you get a copy as soon as it's available.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Neil is a "one-man story engine"

Beyond Imagination
Dazzling tales from a master of the fantastic.

Reviewed by Graham Joyce
Sunday, October 1, 2006

Short Fictions and Wonders
By Neil Gaiman
Morrow. 360 pp. $26.95

You've maybe heard some academic theory about how fairy tales weren't composed by any single author, that they somehow knitted themselves out of folk-consciousness. Baloney. To be sure, the tales might have been improved here and there over the years. But if you want to know the kind of person who would have made up the prototype classic fairy tale or even those urban folk tales doing the rounds, it would be someone like Neil Gaiman. He's a one-man story engine. He could fall out of a tree, reach for a passing branch and land with a fable in his hand. If you dusted him down and turned out his pockets, you'd find three fresh yarns and a horse chestnut.

Puckish, restless, Gaiman moves across all available media. After making a name for himself with the miraculous "Sandman" series in the world of the graphic novel (Norman Mailer referred to his work as "a comic strip for intellectuals"), he has turned his hand to novels, short stories, film scripts, children's stories, poetry and numerous collaborations.

His new collection, Fragile Things, is a delightful compendium rather than a straightforward story collection, but it's a fine sample of the author's versatility. Gaiman writes in different registers: comedy, satire, pastiche, deadpan, lyrical or whimsical, but almost invariably dark. It all depends on whichever sooty, fantastic spirit drops down the chimney of his Minneapolis writing room on any given day.

In fact, part of the fun of Gaiman's writing is in recognizing the nods and winks to the antecedents in the fantasy tradition, and a lengthy introduction is given over to notes on the background to each of the stories. Most were commissioned over the past 10 years for various anthologies. While some of the references might be elusive to readers unfamiliar with the dark genres, for those who tread that ground, the introduction is a bonus tour of the fertile orchard of this unique author's mind: a hybrid Sherlock Holmes/H.P. Lovecraft story; an M.R. James/Robert Aickman-inspired tale; a story triggered by the artwork of Frank Frazetta; an argument with C.S. Lewis. All the influences and precursors are laid bare, and the introduction reveals both the original plan for the story and the (usually inevitable) departure from that plan.

Gaiman's talents and interests lend themselves -- perfectly, in fact -- to the short form, and there are gems in this collection. Ever felt a shot of sympathy for poor Susan, banished from heaven in the Narnia Chronicles for being "too fond of lipsticks and nylons and invitations to parties"? Here is an exploration of the elderly Susan's last moments, created out of dissatisfaction with Lewis's priggish treatment of his female characters. Or if you're partial to the club story, then "Closing Time" is a lovely addition to the species: The frame of the drinking-club cronies drops back into a nostalgic piece of Gothic gloaming as a lonely boy is drawn by three older lads into a mysterious garden. But what seduces you is Gaiman's conversational style, rippling with acute lines, such as, "Being a boy, I was also a burglar of sorts."

These stories run from light-as-a-feather whimsy to the very dark and the deeply disturbing. "How Do You Think It Feels" is a brilliantly unsettling piece about the act of choking back a broken heart, a fine study of emotional repression through recourse to the Fantastic. "Feeders and Eaters," with its clever set-up and freak-out payoff, is not for the faint-hearted either.

You just don't know what you are in for from one story to the next. One of the pleasures of Gaiman's stories is how often they announce that "this is a true story" or that "this happened to a friend," though the book's introduction never confirms that any of these things actually happened. But you don't care because the story has already entered the chain of fairy/folk/urban tales, and the vulgar truth is merely academic.

Ah, that Neil Gaiman. Oddly enough, the novelist William Gibson described him as "an American treasure." He's not. Though he is indeed a national treasure, he's a British one. The Brits would quite like him back, please. ยท

Charles reports that the US Hardcover of "Fragile Things" is now available at Fully Booked stores. :)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

New "Stardust" Cover Art

Charles Vess has unveiled the cover art for the 2006 edition of Stardust.

Click here!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The 1st Phil. Graphic/Fiction Awards on the Hero Channel

Charles reports that Hero Channel's G3 program is airing a feature about the 1st Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards on 9th September and 10th September, 8pm. :)