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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (14 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472207939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472207937
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.1 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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'Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him' (Stephen King)

'Gaiman has a rich imagination...and an ability to tackle large themes' (Philip Pullman)

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A must for any fan of the storytelling genius that is Neil Gaiman, author of the acclaimed novel AMERICAN GODS and the highly anticipated new novel for adults, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
Make Good Art is the transcript of Neil Gaiman's commencement speech at the University of the Arts, Class of 2012. It's an inspiring message of encouragement to artists everywhere to keep doing what you want to do, no matter what, and contains some nice ideas and quirks that only Gaiman could conjure up to make it a memorable talk.

The whole thing is worth reading as its kind of an instructional manual to creativity by being anti-instructional. If you don't know it's impossible, it's easier to do, he says at one point, which is both strangely poetic and true. He tells you how he became the successful writer he is today - by writing. If you want to be a writer, be a writer, and keep writing. It's a simple message, one that many writers have stated before, but it's worth hearing again for anyone not doing it but still wishing they could become writers.

He talks about the lessons learned through the years, of dealing with failure, and to never do anything for money. His first book (I think it was on Duran Duran) was written because he thought it would be a commercial success, and was anything but. At least when you make something you love, even if you don't get paid, you've still got the art left. I also really liked the story he told about someone asking him for advice on doing something (I forget the particulars) and the solution was to tell her to pretend she was the kind of person who could do that. That's pretty brilliant. There's also a poignant moment when he reveals the best advice he ever received (from Stephen King no less) - but I'll let you discover that gem for yourselves.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MCSK on 20 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
When I saw that Neil Gaiman's Make Good ArtMake Good Art speech was available in book form I clicked on Buy with 1-click without thinking. I was so excited to see that a transcript of this wonderful speech was available to buy that I didn't bother reading any of the reviews, and although I didn't especially like the cover of the book, it was the content I was after.

I have never been so disappointed by a book in my life. Completely over-designed in a colour pallet that makes the whole thing not only difficult to read, but also an unpleasant experience. Pale blue out of white simply doesn't work. Blue on red vibrates. Words printed on top of other words make them illegible. Doesn't anyone teach graphic artists these basics?

I would recommend that instead of buying this book you watch the original speech on [...] and find a copy of the transcript online.

As I said this book makes me want to cry. The words made me cry when I watched the speech and I want to cry again because this ghastly graphic design nightmare detracts so severely from the message.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Wright on 4 July 2013
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A written transcript of a speech Gaiman delivered in 2012 (and which is easily found online, but I wanted a copy over of it). The speech is a glorious thing, about courage, and choices, and art. Everybody should read it. The book? It's basically an attempt to practice what Gaiman preaches, a exercise in visual design. It fails on every front to impress, or even just to FUNCTION, because it makes reading the actual speech extraordinarily difficult. It gets in the way. It's a barrier, where if it were to work it would have to be a complement. Deeply, deeply annoying.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sue on 16 Jun 2013
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This is a book that I know is going to live on my iPad so I can drop back into it when ever I need something to pick me up,and share with those around me.
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By STSTSTST on 5 Aug 2014
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Such a nice and inspiring book
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