Review- The Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell


Title:  The Art of Neil Gaiman

The Art of Neil Gaiman

 Genre: Biography

Author: Hayley Campbell

Publisher: Harper Design, May 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: N/A

Description from Amazon.com:

With unprecedented access to Neil Gaiman’s personal archives, author Hayley Campbell gives an insider’s glimpse into the artistic inspirations and musings of one of the world’s most visionary writers.

Over the last twenty-five years, Neil Gaiman has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own. A master of several genres, including, but not limited to, bestselling novels, children’s books, groundbreaking comics, and graphic novels, it’s no wonder Gaiman has been called a rock star of the literary world. Now, for the first time, Gaiman reveals the inspiration behind his signature artistic motifs, giving author Hayley Campbell a rare, in-depth look at the contents of his personal notebooks and early work, even some of his abandoned projects. The result is a startling, intimate glimpse into the life and mind of one of the world’s most creative visionaries. The book is the first comprehensive, full-color examination of Gaiman’s work to date, tracing the genesis of his creative life as a starving journalist in the UK to his life as a successful comic book writer and, ultimately, a bestselling novelist.

Complete with running commentary, interview text, and annotated material that contextualizes the visual material, this deluxe compendium contains never-before-seen material and promises to be every bit as inspired as Gaiman is himself.

**

Yes, I know, I don’t review many books like this but this one grabbed me and shook me and just didn’t let go.

Do  you know who Neil Gaiman is?  I asked my circle and only one person, well educated and pop culture oriented, knew.  Neil Gaiman is a renaissance man.  He can do it all and has.  He writes novels, movies and is the author of many comics. He speaks at college graduations because all those kids know who he is.

This is the definitive picture of Mr. Gaiman.  It is fascinating to read how he got his start and inspiring to read that it was due to constant effort, hard work and a lot of luck.  Gaiman fans will love this book and those of you who are clueless will really get an awakening.

There are many reasons to read this stunning book, the pictures throughout are awesome.  The picture of a man living his dream is awesome.  And if that doesn’t get you, then you will have awesome material for the next loft cocktail party.

Here is a treat for you.  It’s only twenty minutes out of your life and worth your time. (e-mail followers please go to my blog to view.)

 

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