Friday, December 11, 2009

Ask Neil a Question


(photo by Kimberly Butler)
Part of Neil Gaiman's presentation will be a Q & A.  Due to the difficulty of taking questions in the hall and the overflow room, we're going to take questions in advance.  Just click on 'Comments' below and write out a question for Neil.  Thanks.

27 comments:

Clare said...

Oh, I'll be greedy and ask two.

Has the process of writing become easier over the years, or is the process of writing similar from book to book?

Can you tell us anything about your next "adult" novel? Will it be a sequel or in the same universe as any of your previous works, or completely new?

Booknutt said...

You mentioned in the recent past that there might be another "Last Angel" tour, is that any closer to becoming a reality?

-Elton

ANTHONYDBARLETTA said...

I was wondering what Neil thought about the recent goings on with Miracleman (or Marvelman) now that Marvel has rights to the character. I know you worked at Marvel specifically with hopes of working out the Miracleman rights problem. Was this an outcome you hoped for? Any chance of returning to Miracleman now that Marvel owns the rights?

the grammar monkey said...

Thanks for giving us this opportunity! Here's mine:


You mentioned on your blog that while you were in China recently, you were doing a bit of research about the Monkey King and the Journey to the West. Can you tell us anything about the project that research was for?

--Lauren

Abbot said...

Given the number of creator-owned comics these days at publishers like Image and Dark Horse, and also given the recent sale of the character Miracleman/Marvelman (with which you have a long history) do you see the acquisition of independent comic properties becoming a new trend for the "Big Two"? Especially considering how Marvel and DC seem these days to be creatively "burnt out" when it comes to introducing new characters to stand next to the older ones introduced back in the golden and siler age.

Villicious said...

You've written so many outstanding female characters. Is your process of writing from a woman's (or girl's) perspective different from writing from a man's (or boy's)? Is one of them more difficult to do than the other?

-Tracy

Jinxy said...

I was wondering what one thing you've created you'd most like to see on film.

J M McDermott said...

Having written from so many cultural perspectives, I wonder if you have any tricks for approaching new cultures with the level of authenticity you've achieved. Do these same tricks and techniques apply when you're inventing a culture that doesn't actually exist?

warren worthington said...

If you were capable of meeting any of the characters that you have created, which one would it be and why?

-Ben

warren worthington said...

I've long been a fan of Marvel Comics in general. I know that you have done a number of projects for them in the past, but are there any of their established characters that you think you could really do something great with if you were allowed to play in that sandbox?

-Ben

Perry said...

You've been on a bit of a run with getting your books made into movies. Will this continue? What are the chances of seeing American Gods and/or Neverwhere?

Lena said...

As an artist/creator how has the rise of social media such as facebook, and namely twitter affected not just your interactions with your fans but your work itself?

-Lena

Mary said...

I figure there must be something, so can you give us any insight on any future collaborations you might be planning with Amanda Palmer?

Joni said...

From Emma Anberg, age 9

What was your inspiration to write Coraline?

Renee said...

Do you ever have any plans to go back to London Below? I remember you mentioning once you might do something about the Marquis getting his coat back? I would LOVE to go back Underground. I miss Door and Richard and the whole world!

stephen said...

who is an illustrator you would like to work with (again)?

stephen said...

what makes you laugh?

Diogenes said...

Why does the American edition of "Odd and the Frost Giants" have a different illustrator than the UK edition?

Lisa said...

Boy, if Clare thinks she is greedy, then I'm going to look terrible, lol. I will probably sneak in three or four.

First, As someone who has lived for quite long periods of time in both England and the US, and as someone who has traveled extensively:
-What world cultures do you find most inspiring?
-If you where forced to choose a place to move to and it couldn't be England or the US, where would it be?

Second, as a writer:
-How many projects will you allow yourself to work on at anygiven time and do they sometimes seem to run together?
-And, if you are working on a peice, and you read a work by someone else and realize there is an unintentional similarity, do you change your peice or do you just keep writing away, confident in the knowledge that your story is your own, and hope no one screams copy cat, lol.

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend so I hope someone at the blog posts the answers, thank you so much!

Jessica said...

What do you hope to accomplish with your new title of Honorary Chair of National Library Week?

sara said...

you're obviously one of our favorite story tellers. who is your favorite story teller, and what are you reading (for pleasure) right now?

CharlesP said...

Well obviously... Tea, or Armageddon?

Eric said...

In your role (most important role) as a father what are you reading to or with your children? What recent children's books other than your own have you been most excited about? What is the best novel of the year: WHEN YOU REACH ME or THE LOST CONSPIRACY ?

Erin said...

1. Can I be your apprentice?

2. If not, will you at least follow me on twitter? I promise I won't DM you all the time. @EGDeedy

3. And for a 3rd question, since all good things come in threes. You won an f-ing Newbery. How f-ing awesome was that?!

Lesley said...

What is the most bizarre fan encounter you've ever had? Or the strangest gift a fan has ever given you?

Sushi said...

If you could go back in time and give your younger writer some advice, what would it be?

-Sujin

JonStrickland said...

How about that fog, huh?