Wednesday, January 18, 2006

the mysteries of herot

From the Department of Mysteries, Beowulf division, an interview with John Malkovich at he says I play Aeschere, the adviser to King Hrothgar, played by Anthony Hopkins. It involves motion-capture (special effects), so it`s a long process. I finished my part about a week ago.

Which is odd, as he doesn't play Aeschere (which we don't spell like that in the script anyway). He's Unferth all the way. How odd. I wonder if the interviewer added that in to be helpful.

There's a trailer for the other Beowulf movie -- Beowulf and Grendel -- up at, which rather lowered my expectations for the movie as I realised that they've made Grendel just a Big Hairy Guy whose father was killed by Hrothgar and now seeks revenge. Still, it means the whole thing is very different to ours. (The Icelandic landscapes look amazing, though.)


There's an extract from a terrific-looking Eddie Campbell interview up at The Comics Journal website


My agent Merrilee recently made a brilliant suggestion. She wondered whether I had ever thought of collecting together the YA and younger-reader stories in one collection, just as Ray Bradbury did years ago (with his R is for Rocket and S is for Space) collections. And I hadn't, but I think it's a lovely idea -- I can weed out the many stories not intended for kids, and I might also go and collect a few stories like "The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds" and even something like "How to Sell the Ponti Bridge" which just never fitted in my head into anything I've collected, but might sit very happily in a collection that's aimed at school libraries and kids shelves.

Hello Neil,

I have been looking everywhere for a clear picture of the key from Mirrormask, and alas, it is nowhere to be found. While this is not an emergency by any stretch of the imagination, I am itching to get some new ink soon.
If I have missed it because it was in too obvious of a place please tell me so. :)
All the best, Arvin Clay

If it's not in The Alchemy of MirrorMask (which I don't seem to have received a copy of yet, so can't check, but I suspect it's the obvious place) I don't know of one, but the film comes out on DVD in Region 1 on February the 14th (according to or perhaps on Feb 7th (according to if it's not in Alchemy, I suppose your best bet is to freeze frame and capture the DVD image...

Hi Neil,
I always thought it would be cool to see Death's quote about life from the AIDS special on a T-shirt or coffee mug or something and I just don't know if that is fair game or not for the new store? You said Sandman is off limits but what about some other characters in Sandman you created: the Endless, Fiddler's green, or Merv? Do you own the rights to those charaters or does D.C.? And what about art from your comics and graphic novels? Could I ask for a panel from Sandman, Stardust or Violent Cases, if the store got permission from the artist as well? The store is a wonderful idea, I can't wait to see what come out of it!
Thanks and hope all is well.
Ned Reid

All the Sandman and Sandman-related characters would be off-limits. Stardust and Violent Cases would be fine (assuming that Messrs Vess and McKean said okay). is waiting for ideas (I suspect that the first things we'll go with are the kind of things that lots of people want. Me, I want a tee shirt with a lime on it).

Just wanted to remind you that while Dreamhaven is a great store for all things you and otherwise, your B5 script "Day of the Dead" is also available as a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund "Premium" at

-Jonathan Petersen

Good point -- and people can get directly into the CBLDF store at -- the out of print LIVE AT THE ALADDIN video, by the way, is now available as an "extra" on the DVD of A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON , and the CBLDF gets its cut of that.