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The Art of Neil Gaiman [Hardcover]

Hayley Campell , Audrey Niffenegger
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14 July 2014
Novelist, comics writer, scriptwriter, poet, occasional artist - a master of several genres and inadvertent leader of many cults - there are few creative avenues Neil Gaiman hasn't ventured down. From unforgettable books like The Ocean at the End of the Lane and American Gods to ground-breaking comics and graphic novels like The Sandman and Violent Cases; from big screen fantasies like Coraline to small screen epics like Doctor Who; and from short stories to songwriting, stage plays to radio plays, journalism to filmmaking, and all points in-between, The Art of Neil Gaiman is the first comprehensive, full-colour examination of Gaiman's work to date.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (14 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781571392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781571392
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 21 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An absolute feast for Neil Gaiman fans. --Clair Stanton, Welovethisbook.com

About the Author

Author Hayley Campbell, a close friend of Neil's since she was a small child, spent many months rummaging through Neil's attic to source the never-before-seen manuscripts, notes, cartoons, drawings and personal photographs for this book; these are complemented by artwork and sketches from all of his major works and his own intimate recollections. Each project is examined in turn, from genesis to fruition, and positioned in the wider narrative of Gaiman's creative life, affording unparalleled access to the inner workings of the writer's mind.

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6 of 113 people found the following review helpful
The generic title will guarantee this work a prime spot on the remainder table. Filed under book, what book on Neil Gaiman (who exactly is he, himself?).

The following is entirely more entertaining than Hayley Campbell, freelance writer, said with a straight face, can dredge up from Neils attic, root cellar and or including his garage slash carport:

Early on in his career, I met Neil Gaiman in a London bar. It was a dump named "The Kidney Stone" in the East End. I was ten at the time and laughing up my pub mates, "You know what's the what lads? If you speak enough Cockney to a girl, she will scream out enough already, have at my body, just bloody shut up!" They rolled over, guffawing and I began to lift wallets from exposed back pockets. Only not quite quick enough, Smitty's beefy paw came down my small hand stuffed with billfolds. They all began to rough me up and Neil came to my aid.

He pulled me into a corner of the pub, told me to sit and marched over to the bar. Words like "child" "drinking" and other such shot from his mouth. Bumpy the barkeep halfway shrugged his shoulders and let drop "Oliver Twist" and Neil kept up with his barrage, until Bumpy had enough and shouted, "Kray, he's blood to the Kray twins!" Hearing this, half the bar emptied, Smitty in the lead.

Neil came back and he said he didn't know. "Don't brain fry on about it governor" is what I said and I waved for two pints at Bumpy. My white horse went on about being a pound short and I told him this was his day. I had a job for him on the drums, I declared and I laid it out:

"Well mate I ave this band, The Sexed Up Pistols. I know it's a complete rip-off of the 70's band, but that's the point, sell, sell, sell (tickets, tickets, tickets).
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting and loving tribute to an author and his body of work, and its history. 21 May 2014
By Craig P. Steffen - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Campbell has written a tremendous tribute to and overview of the work of (and the man himself) author Neil Gaiman. She does so from the point of view of being a good friend of his, and with a tremendous amount of affection for him and his work. As an insider, she had access to his archives, and is also acquainted with many of people featured in the book.

The book is filled with scans of photos and drawings and hand-written pages of things that became part of Neil's work. The stories are incredibly detailed and specific about what he was drawing on when writing certain things and how they came together. Nothing is missed. There is a short piece on his book about Neil's Duran Duran book called "The First Four Years Of The Fab Five" which Neil probably doesn't care much for but Cambell says "But it's there in his library, in the dark corner just to the right of the jackalope...". There's another section about the Babylon 5 episode he wrote, "Day of the Dead".

This biography is chock full of Gaiman's stories and reminiscences and sketches on hotel note pads and paper napkins. It's wonderful to read about the behind-the-scenes stuff that went into the works of his that I know. And there are a few others that I've never heard of, that I'll probably go out and buy now.

If you like Neil's work, this biography will be a great read. I highly recommend it.

As for its author, Hayley Campbell, I hope her next book will be out sooner than 4 years from now.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a treasure~ 24 May 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Miss Campbell has very obviously gone to great lengths and put a lot of work into this wonderful tome. So many insights into Mr. Gaiman's thoughts, his scribbles, his doodles, notes and sketches you will find nowhere else reside within the pages of this incredible book. Fans of Neil Gaiman as well as artists and aspiring writers will be astonished at how much they get out of owning this book. I have read it cover to cover three times already and I find something new and astounding every time. I love that Miss Campbell put this book together, and I suggest she do it for other beloved authors as well. Stephen King, J.K.Rowling, James Patterson, George R. R. Martin, and many others: we would love to see books like this one for those authors!
If you want a huge peek into the imagination of Neil Gaiman, presented in a wonderfully delightful way, buy this book. You won't be disappointed. I guarantee it :-)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool Book! 24 May 2014
By Stifyn Emrys - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book for my wife who is a huge Neil Gaiman fan and she loves it. It's full of all sorts of cool little tidbits on the way Gaiman's mind works, insights into his imagination, and shows oodles never before seen art. One word of caution: if you buy this as a gift for someone in your family, be forewarned, they will disappear with it and spend hours perusing the pages... hungry family notwithstanding... time to order pizza... :D
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you know Neil Gaiman? 29 Jun 2014
By D. Salvagin La Deetda Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Do you know who Neil Gaiman is? I asked my circle and only one person, well educated and pop culture oriented, knew. Neil Gaiman is a renaissance man. He can do it all and has. He writes novels, movies and is the author of many comics. He speaks at college graduations because all those kids know who he is.
This is the definitive picture of Mr. Gaiman. It is fascinating to read how he got his start and inspiring to read that it was due to constant effort, hard work and a lot of luck. Gaiman fans will love this book and those of you who are clueless will really get an awakening.
There are many reasons to read this stunning book, the pictures throughout are awesome. The picture of a man living his dream is awesome. And if that doesn’t get you, then you will have awesome material for the next loft cocktail party.

I received this book free for review from the publisher.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Neil Gaiman 10 July 2014
By Sheri Newton - Published on Amazon.com
The Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell is a beautifully written and crafted tribute to the talented man, Neil Gaiman. Written by a friend who had access to his personal archives and stories, this is definitely a book that any fan of Neil Gaiman will appreciate for years to come!

The Art of Neil Gaiman is the type of book that once someone gets, they cherish it. If you want to give someone a book as a gift that is a fan of Mr. Gaiman, this will be a present that they will love! It is the high quality that can be shown off as a coffee table book, displayed in a bookcase, or sit on the nightstand for enjoyable reading after a day’s work.

I was a fan of his work before I read this book, but now I am even more of a fan and want to read and see more of his work! This book is in full color and has hundreds of illustrations, pictures, and scans of mementos that you’ll find while reading it. Ms. Campbell does an excellent job creating a world in a book for us to explore the artwork of this talented man, and I’m sure I’ll have fun going through it over and over again for many years. I highly recommend it!

* Thank you to the publisher of The Art of Neil Gaiman, Harper Design, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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