Thursday, May 18, 2006

Sydney and me

And just like that, the author was in Sydney.

The best thing about the flight to Sydney was that they have power points in the seats, and I didn't have to worry about computer battery life. I had a few hours stopover in San Francisco where I ate some good sushi and did a tiny bit of research for The Eternals. So that was good.

Also wrote a short story on the planes, and departure lounges, which I may read at the Sydney events and find out if it works or not.

am just wondering if you could plug the new book to help benefit Bill Mantlo. As you may know, he was involved in an accident and now has permanent cognitive damage, so any book benefitting him is worth plugging. I still go back and read ROM SPACEKNIGHT or MICRONAUTS on occasion
Here is a link to the press release at Newsarama:

Easily done.

Someone else wrote in recently asking whether the CBLDF could or would do anything for comics creators who have fallen on hard times. I'm afraid now (it's just there for first amendment issues) -- but I'm glad to say there is an organisation that will help. It's the (A Commitment To Our Roots) Comic Fund. (Their website is

Mr. Gaiman,

Love your work. You are an amazing poet, even when you write prose.

That said, I would like to make a humble request. As are likely aware, during Balticon there will be a charity auction for "Reading is Fundamental." The Balticon web site doesn't seem to be promoting this much, so I am making an effort. Would you mind posting something on your blog?

One of the items in this year's auction will be 2 tickets to the August 2 "An Evening with Harrry Carrie and Garp" event in New York City. The two seats (right next to my two) are in the orchestra, row FF.

If you are not familiar with this event, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and John Irving are getting together for an event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for two nights, August 1 & 2. All proceeds from the event will be used to support the Haven Foundation and Doctors without Borders.
More Information about the event can be found at:


or just use google.

Thank you for your time,

You're welcome. It sounds like a fun evening.

Just letting you know about this article on Ain't it cool news. It says that Focus will be distributing Coraline. Glad to hear it. The link is
That's what I just heard from Henry Selick. I had to go and look at
-- looks like it'll be a good home for it.

Quick Coraline question: I've seen it reported that They Might Be Giants is writing songs for the film. Am I to take from this that it will be a musical of sorts, or are they just writing random background tunes? Or is this wrong altogether?Thanks,snazz

It'll have some songs in it, written by They Might Be Giants. I'm not sure that it'll exactly be a musical, though.

Neil Buddy,There's been a lot of talk about Stardust here, but IMDB lists Coraline as filming as well. Any updates? So far the only confirmed cast member is Dakota Fanning, who is the other mother?

I think that Henry Selick will tell everyone when he's ready. I'm not going to announce it here before he does.

hi Neil. quick. is that pic of the barn photoshopped? or does your camera phone just take fantastic pics. -mrm of nashville

It takes pretty good pictures. It's a Nokia 6230i. I didn't do anything to the photo -- mostly I was just happy at how much detail it had caught.

Hi Neil,

If I wanted to adapt something you'd written - a short story or (dare I dream?) one of the novels - for the stage, who would I talk to so that, when/if I staged it, I wasn't torn limb from limb by a pride of slavering lawyers? Merrilee Heifetz is who I go to if I want to try to get the rights to film it... but is it the same for staging it?

And, because I'd rather not pester you any more than I already am, if I send in something on the FAQ line (like, well, this) and I don't get a response, should I keep sending it until you're less busy or have an answer, or just forget I asked and wait until I have something more worth your time?

Hmm. I suppose if you can't respond to this one, I have to answer that second question myself.

Anyway, thanks for your time, and writing, and so forth.

Greg Carere

Actually Jon Levin at CAA is the person you talk to about film rights. Merrilee's office is where you go to ask about Theatrical Rights. It used to be a lot clearer in the whole FAQ area, but it's all been redone in there and it's harder to figure out than it used to be.

On the other hand, if you google on the site or search for Theatre rights takes you to, which lays everything out in detail. And ought to just be in the FAQs, really. But it has been answered a lot. Usually when I don't answer something that gets asked a lot or repeatedly it's because I already have, often more than once.

(Oops. Suddenly too tired to keep typing. Nap now. Nap good. Yes.)