Monday, June 03, 2024

Heritage Auction wrap up

I'm starting to hear that the money that came in from the Heritage Auction is going out to people and doing what I hoped it would do, which is make life easier for artists and writers.

So this is a reminder to those of us who may have bought comic art long ago, often directly from the artists, when it was cheap, that now it's worth hundreds of times what was paid for it, the artists never see any of that. 

Tracking down the artist and sending them a share will be a welcome gesture.

Or donating to The Hero Initiative, who are helping many elderly and infim comics creators, or to the Authors League Fund, or (if you are in another country) seeing if there is a charity that helps artists and/or authors that you could donate to would be a good thing to do. 

(And for those who don't know what this is about, it's about this:

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Wednesday, April 03, 2024

The Dead Boys Detective Agency. It is a very silly name. But accurate.


April 25th. DEAD BOY DETECTIVES. It's really good -- it's funny, it's smart, it's scary, and it even has a few familiar faces...

(And no, you won't be cheating on Sandman or Good Omens if you watch it...)


Friday, March 15, 2024

In which I can now worry significantly less about something terrible happening to 126 things...

 I spent yesterday in Dallas, at the Heritage Auction headquarters -- I had decided to auction off some artwork and memorabilia to benefit two charities (The Authors Literary Fund and the Hero Initiative, which help authors/writers and comics creators who have fallen on hard times or who need help), and, just as importantly, I wanted to give something back to the artists whose art I was entrusting to new custodians. 

It seems to me fundamentally wrong and inequitable that art that artists sold for $50 or a hundred dollars thirty or forty years ago now sells for hundreds or thousands of times that amount, but the artists, most of whom are old, some of whom are no longer working or not working as they were, never see another penny. I decided the best way to change that would be to set an example, and show people another way of doing it.

Here's the New York Times article before the auction:

And here's me in Dallas two nights ago, walking around the exhibition before the auction with Robert Wilonsky from Heritage, with guest appearances by my oldest friend Geoff Notkin, whose fault this all is

and for the very curious, the whole live auction is also up on YouTube. I tell a lot of stories about the things that are up for auction.

The auction made a lot of money, and it's going to do a lot of good, and that makes me very happy. Thank you to all the lovely helpful people at Heritage Auctions, to all of the bidders, lucky or otherwise, and to all of the artists, craftspeople and geniuses without whom it could never have happened.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

For Two Nights Only: A Christmas Carol

Thirteen years ago, I put on a Victorian Suit and a false beard and I read Dickens' prompt copy of A Christmas Carol at New York Public Library. It was a wonderful, sold out performance, introduced by Molly Oldfield, who told us all about Dickens's reading routine.

I looked a bit like this.

And the book looked a bit like this.

The reading of A Christmas Carol has become the most popular of the NYPL's audio downloads, and they repost it regularly. Here's the one from 2019:

For years people have been asking if I was ever going to do it again. This year, back while the writers of the WGA were on strike, my assistant Rachael asked if I'd do it, and if I did, could she document it? I said yes, and it's becoming a thing.

It's going to be a Christmas Extravaganza, with carol singers and suchlike, signed books for sale and all sorts of goodies planned. I'm hoping we can get Molly Oldfield over to New York to introduce it once again.

When I was a boy, I saw Welsh actor Emlyn Williams being Charles Dickens on stage, a one man show I've never forgotten.

Here's the town Hall page for the 18th:

Here's the page for the 19th:

The ticket presale starts on Thursday Nov 2nd at 12 pm, and regular tickets go on sale on Friday at 10:00 am.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Unboxing the most expensive book I have ever paid for...

I just filmed a little unboxing-and-enthusing video. It's for the 25th Anniversary editions of Little, Big or, The Fairies' Parliament, by John Crowley. Illustrated (or rather, with Art by) Peter Milton. 

Most of the edition was pre-sold long ago, but a few hundred remain. You can buy them at and they will go too fast. It was, I would hazard, worth waiting the extra 15 years for. 

My essay is on the dust-jacket of the Green edition. Lots more information about all of this to be found at

(And to clarify, it's the most expensive book I've ever paid for, because of the reasons explained in Ron Drummond's blog at, and not because you have to pay that price to get it. For you, it's $135 until there aren't any left and then watch rare book dealers make a killing on the copies they bought...)

And no, the actual copies HAVE NOT YET SHIPPED. This is an advance copy for me to inspect.


Also, I'm now on Mastodon. Follow me at -- and there's an invitation waiting for you at My first ever Mastodon post has a Good Omens photo from yesterday. Expect more mysterious backstage photos there -- and here -- for a while...

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Friday, November 04, 2022

A joint statement from Amanda and me


(Amanda is posting this on her blog as well.)

After many years of marriage, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. While we will no longer be partners in marriage, we will remain in one another’s lives as co-parents committed to raising our wonderful son in a loving and compassionate environment. We deeply appreciate everyone respecting our family’s privacy so we can focus on our son as we enter this new chapter in our lives.

Thank you.

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Everything you've hoped is true!

The rumours are true. Well, the good ones are, anyway. Netflix is delighted and thrilled that so many of you, all over the world, have been watching and loving Sandman, which means that the thing we were all hoping would happen...?

It's happened.

And that's not all! You dared to Dream (and, y'know, kept asking me when and whether they were ever going to show up). And it's happening! The Sandman profile icons are coming to Netflix! Let joy be unconfined!

(I'm going to be Goldie. No, Matthew. No, Goldie.)

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Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Just a note to say...

Just a note to say that this blog has become rather dusty and abandoned over the last two or three years. But I think it's time for me to use it a lot more. At least until Google notices that they still own Blogger, and close the whole thing down.

Hullo. Welcome back.

This is a good place, on the whole, this blog. I started it in February 2001, for American Gods. This was the first entry.)

Here is an Edward Gorey drawing called The Happy Ending, to celebrate the New Beginning.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Bloody Sunrise

Your humble web goblin here again, after a brief hiatus of eight and a half years. How time flies.


"Remember when you hosted 13 Nights of Fright and got to lie in a coffin?" I was nonchalantly decorating for spooky season.

Mr. G allowed that he did without looking up from his latest manuscript.

"That was fun." A pause. "Look what I found in a back corner of the basement, between the mummified shedu and Chabon's golem."

Like a cat with a box, so is Mr. G to a red velvet lined coffin; leave one in the middle of a room and he'll be laying in it the next time you turn your back. I was ready with a handful of box nails and a hammer. It won't hold him for long. We don't have long.


Twelve hours from now, something will premiere. Something seasonally fitting. Something fun. Secret for now, but the revelations begin there.

ETA: More here.

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Monday, March 14, 2022

An Evening With Neil Gaiman

I start touring 6 weeks from now. It's the first time I've done something like this since before Covid -- get out there every night, read stories and poems and suchlike, answer questions and generally try to interact with a living, breathing audience. I'm a bit nervous, to be honest. Still, the idea of interacting with living, breathing human beings seems wonderful.

Here's the list of places I'll be appearing, with links to get tickets. Right now there are tickets available to all of the venues except Madison Wisconsin. If you are sad I'm not going to be somewhere near to you, I also am probably sad about this too.

(There are different Covid regulations at different venues, please check your venue for their protocol.)

And I'll see you there, I hope...

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Schenectady, NY

Proctor’s Theatre. 7:30 PM


Friday, April 29, 2022

Boston, MA

Emerson Colonial Theatre. 8 PM


Sunday, May 1, 2022

Seattle, WA

Venue: Benaroya Hall 7:30 PM


Monday, May 2, 2022

Eugene OR

Venue: Hult Center for the Performing Arts / 7:30 PM



Tuesday, May 3, 2022  

San Francisco, CA

Sydney Goldstein Theater / City Arts & Lectures / 7:30 PM



Thursday, May 5, 2022  

San Diego, CA

Venue: Balboa Theatre   8:00 PM


Sunday, May 8, 2022

Austin, TX

Venue: Dell Hall, Long Center   7:30 PM



Monday, May 9, 2022

Denver, CO

Venue: Paramount Theatre   7:30 PM


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Hartford CT

The Bushnell Performing Arts Center. 7:30 PM


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Philadelphia, PA

Merriam Theatre : 7:30 PM


Friday, May 13, 2022   

Chicago IL

Auditorium Theatre 8 PM


Sunday, May 15, 2022

Madison, WI

Venue: Orpheum Theater 8PM

(This one is sold out, I'm afraid.)


Monday, May 16, 2022

Indianapolis IN

Clowes Auditorium at Butler University  7:30 PM


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Cleveland OH

Playhouse Square  7:30 PM



Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Columbus OH 

Palace Theatre. 7:30 PM


Friday, May 20, 2022 

Dallas, TX 

AT & T Performing Arts Center. 8:00PM


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Houston TX

Jones Hall / Society for the Performing Arts. 8 PM



Monday, May 23, 2022

Los Angeles CA

The Theatre at Ace Hotel. 8:00 PM


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Pittsburgh PA

Carnegie Music Hall   7:30 PM

All the details are also over at