Friday, June 09, 2006

oops and nudity

I'm up and about again, thanks. Although I don't think I'm going to be able to fit in the trip to the UK that was meant to be happening before I went to Seattle next week. Which, considering how much I've been on the road in the last few months is probably a really good thing.

Cheers for the interview links - think I need to become one of these lucky people like you who gets to review beautiful looking books like Lost Girls for free.
However I think an NSFW was in order for the rest of the Suicide Girls site - I hit that 'First Time Here? Learn about" button and couldn't really hit Alt F4 fast enough as thoughts of my boss seeing the screen as he walked into work with his morning coffee dashed through my brain.
I hate to moan and know you're sick but it had to be said.

Ah, but the interviews themselves are work-safe. I think it's only if you go wandering off away from the interviews, into the Suicide Girls undergrowth that you find all the naughty nudie nakedness. (It's been many years since I wandered away from the interviews, and I'd thought that you had to be a registered member to actually find yourself looking at the tattoos and curvy bits.) So my goof, and sorry about that. The Suicide Girls website is, for interviews, the online equivalent now of what Playboy was from the 50s to the 70s -- an amazing number of conversations with an astonishing array of people.


I promised to mention my buddy Cat Mihos's art event in LA on Sunday. This is your invitation ( and Cat says to let you know that it's actually an open bar, not a cash bar.

Chip Kidd is guest blogging over at Powells -- Chip's one of my favourite book designers, and a novelist and articulate speaker, and is generally speaking much too bright and talented for any one person. I think we should divide him into bits, like a starfish and see if each bit grows up into a mini-Chip.

Hi, Neil. I've never attempted to ask you a question until now because I never know what to say to you other than I love your work. This is not really a question as it is more of a.. have you seen this? type of thing. Since I am also a huge David J fan I see he's re-issuing the music he did for "V for Vendetta"...

I just thought I'd inform you and whomever reads your journal that it will be available again soon.


and if that weren't enough

Hey Neil,

The Ditty Bops are crossing the US by bike! Hooray for them!


I adore the Ditty Bops and love their music, although I have a horrible feeling I owe them a large pile of books that I promised to send them but suspect I never did. (Go and see them. Ask them about it. Report back.)

Here's a small Ditty Bobs video I'm fond of

Dear Mr. Gaiman,
this isn't a question, exactly, but in case you are at all interested I wanted to let you know how the first stage production of Neverwhere is going. We, the Savannah Actors Theatre, have just moved into our brand-new space, which is a kind of warehouse compartment. It was originally zoned as industrial. The cast and crew have been sawing, hammering, painting, and coughing on sawdust nonstop for the past week getting it ready for opening. Neverwhere is the very first show to be produced in this space. It is very exciting for all of us, and I wanted to thank you for granting us the permission to do this so that it's even possible. If you happen to be anywhere near Savannah, Georgia from the 22nd of June to July 1st, and chose to come see our show, we would be honored and thrilled beyond description.
Eve (Door)

I don't know if I'll be able to make it -- but I'll do my best. (A google gives us more information at and

Dear Neil,
there is a question that sometimes creates a nice discussion between me and some friends who criticize your works, I hope you can answer me.

The issue is related to the amount of references - to literature, music, mythology and so on - that you insert in your comics and novels. For me it is very intriguing and enjoyable to discover the origin of all these references: sometimes it is easy sometimes not. The "critics" say that it is difficult understand what you really want to say.

In fact, you don't provide any explanation to these references, neither in footnotes nor in appendices or in any other form. It seems that you don't care whether the readers can or cannot grasp them.
Why this choice?

Thank you.

I think that the references to other things in stories are a bonus -- they can add texture and resonance and sometimes humour and magic. But I also tend to believe that stories should work as stories for someone coming to them perfectly cold knowing nothing -- (well, maybe not completely nothing).

And for that matter, if people come back to the stories later, knowing more than they did the first time, sometimes they'll find that the stories have changed and grown while they were away.