The Art of Neil Gaiman
When it comes to fantasy fiction over the last couple decades, few writers have been as influential or ubiquitous as Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book, American Gods, the Sandman graphic novel series, and numerous other works great and small. And for the first time, Neil’s life and work has been compiled in rich detail in The Art of Neil Gaiman, a lavishly illustrated hardcover ode to a modern master.
Loaded with photos, writing samples, and visual excerpts from Neil’s litany of work, The Art of Neil Gaiman features an extended biography and glimpse into his creative process, often in Gaiman’s own words. (And sometimes, even in his handwriting!) Campbell is clearly a devoted fan – and fesses up to that right off the bat – but she has a serious knack for layout and storytelling, making Neil’s life nearly as mythic and engrossing as his best stories.
You could pick this up just for the pictures and not leave disappointed; the full-color illustrations, photos, and excerpts are fantastic. (Though, honestly, I wish MirrorMask had gotten a little more attention.) This is a treat for any Gaiman fan or student of modern fantasy. Gorgeous stuff.