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Neil Gaiman | Biography


Neil Gaiman is one of the premiere modern-day fantasy writers. He is the creator of one of the most decorated and highly praised comic book series of all time, The Sandman. Born November 10, 1960, in Hampshire, England, Gaiman says he always knew he wanted to write American comic books. As a child and teenager, he was a voracious reader, devouring works in all genres, including comics. He once said, "I wouldn't be who I am without libraries." He got his start in freelance journalism while in his early 20s, including penning a biography of Duran Duran. He then wrote a biography of Douglas Adams, of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fame.

He moved into comics in 1987 with his work on Violent Cases with Dave McKean. They continued working together on Black Orchid, a miniseries comic for DC Comics. The Sandman series, for which Gaiman is arguably best known, ran for about eight years and comprised 75 issues. Gaiman's seminal work with The Sandman changed the face of comics. Its publication of 10 distinct collections ushered in the rise of the graphic novel, a novel in the form of a comic strip. DC Comics launched its Vertigo imprint, a line for more mature titles, with The Sandman as the flagship comic.

As his work on The Sandman wrapped up, he focused on prose fiction. He coauthored a fantasy novel (a novel set in a fictional universe with magic and supernatural elements about the end of the world) with Terry Pratchett entitled Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch in 1990. He worked with the BBC on the Neverwhere miniseries in 1996 and wrote the novelization for it. He continued his work across many aspects of fiction, including children's chapter and picture books, fantasy novels, short stories, and retellings of fairy tales and Norse myths.

Gaiman continued to work in comics intermittently after completing The Sandman. He revisited the character in several additional collections of stories: The Dream Hunters, Endless Nights, and Sandman: Overture.

Gaiman has three children with his first wife, Mary McGrath. He married singer, songwriter, and activist Amanda Palmer in 2011. They have one son.

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