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Culture, The Exhibitionist "The Sandman" Speaks: Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg on the Glories of Their Graphic Novel

"The Sandman" Speaks: Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg on the Glories of Their Graphic Novel

The Cartoon Art Museum's exhibit, "Grains of Sand: 25 Years of The Sandman," celebrates Neil Gaiman's comic-book series like never before. For the first time, original proofs of pre-publication pages are on display alongside original art from the series, which…
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Calendar, Night&Day Enter Sandman

Enter Sandman

In 2012, Neil Gaiman appeared at Comic-Con via Skype to announce that he was collaborating with artist JH Williams III (Promethea) on The Sandman: Overture. It's hard to imagine the level of excitement this prequel instigated. A quarter-century ago,…
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Culture, Art Bedtime Stories: Neil Gaiman Lays Eyes on the Art of <i>The Sandman</i> for the First Time

Bedtime Stories: Neil Gaiman Lays Eyes on the Art of The Sandman for the First Time

On a chilly San Francisco afternoon, Neil Gaiman, the mop-topped British screenwriter, novelist, and comic-book writer, steps out of his limousine on Mission Street and into his past. Gaiman isn't usually prone to uttering things like, "Oh wow," and "My…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sand Art

Sand Art

An epic story with plotlines centered on revenge, resurrection, and survival, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman is the kind of comic series that makes other comic series pale by comparison. First published in 1989, it prompted Norman Mailer — who…
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Calendar, Night&Day Magician's Mistress

Magician's Mistress

Illuminated by a spotlight, the magician requests a volunteer. He scans the audience with the discriminating eye of a cardsharp and plucks one out: the right bloom for the bouquet, the right note for the appoggiatura, the one. She's…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 7/13/12: Amanda Palmer Charms the Misfits at Public Works

Live Review, 7/13/12: Amanda Palmer Charms the Misfits at Public Works

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra Jherek Bischoff Die Roten Punkte Friday, July 13, 2012 Public Works Better than: The cast party for a high school musical production of "The Crucible" Amanda Palmer's debut album posed the Twin Peaks-inspired question Who Killed Amanda…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Amanda Palmer Thanks Fans with Intimate Show, Pop-Up Art Exhibit

Amanda Palmer Thanks Fans with Intimate Show, Pop-Up Art Exhibit

What's it like to party with a freshly minted millionaire? You'd expect caviar maybe, champagne at the very least. Some sign of their newly extravagant lifestyle, surely. But Amanda Palmer, a musician who recently raised over a million dollars on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Goth Meets Noir Meets End Times

Goth Meets Noir Meets End Times

It's straight out of a movie scene — where a great song comes on and all the actors know the same choreographed dance. At tonight's event, not only can you learn dance moves a little beforehand to make you look…
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Culture, Stage "Coraline": Even Stephin Merritt can't save SF Playhouse's disappointing musical

"Coraline": Even Stephin Merritt can't save SF Playhouse's disappointing musical

Sometimes an idea is so good that it can't get out of its own way. When I first heard about the musical adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel Coraline, I practically peed myself in spite of the hostile reviews dogging last…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Nightmare Before Bedtime

The Nightmare Before Bedtime

If Alice in Wonderland were retold by the Mad Hatter, it might look something like the 3-D, stop-motion Coraline, in which the bored, blue-haired 11-year-old of the title (voiced by Dakota Fanning) travels through the looking glass and ends up…
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Film, Coraline in Wonderland

Coraline in Wonderland

If Alice in Wonderland were retold by the Mad Hatter, it might look something like Henry Selick's 3-D, stop-motion Coraline, in which the bored, blue-haired 11-year-old of the title (voiced by Dakota Fanning) travels through the looking glass and ends…
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Film, Dream Cleaver

Dream Cleaver

Stardust is less an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 1999 novel than of its dust-jacket synopsis. That will come as disconcerting news to fans of the author, who thus far has avoided the fate of fellow fantasy writers and comics creators…
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Film, Fairest of Them All

Fairest of Them All

To the knowledgeable comic book fan, all one need say about MirrorMask is that it was scripted by Neil Gaiman and directed by Dave McKean, with a final product that, while less plot-heavy than most of Gaiman's writing, faithfully adapts…
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Culture, Stuff The Bleeding Edge

The Bleeding Edge

It was supposed to be make-believe, a disturbing but ultimately uplifting work of science-fiction from a celebrated author of grim futurama and glorious fantasy. The subject matter of Orbiter, a hardback graphic novel about a spaceship that disappears for years…
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Culture, Stuff Dream Weaver

Dream Weaver

In the course of two hours, Neil Gaiman speaks 10,000 words (or damned near, when transcribed), and it seems a shame to waste a single one, since there is not an uh or y'know among them. Even the most eloquent…
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