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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Two More Cool Things, and Only One of Them Is Neil Gaiman

First, there’s an illustrator in Boston named Samuel Valentino. He’s into fantasy. Sometimes he illustrates the fantasy he’s into. He made this image of the Watcherwoman from The Magicians, striding through the clock-trees:

It’s really wonderful. He completely nailed that Pauline Baynes look — she did the original illustrations for the Narnia books. (Wouldn’t it be amazing if this and other Magicians-related art could someday be available in merch form? That is a thing that you may live to see.)

OK, one thing down. The other: this June Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is being reissued in a 10th anniversary edition. In honor of that, Neil will be appearing at the 92nd St. Y on June 21st. I will be appearing next to him, to ask him questions.

As everybody knows, Neil is an extraordinarily compelling public speaker. I mean, off the charts compelling. To make this event a success all I will really have to do is stay still, speak English and not burst into flames.

I don’t know if I can promise that. But I’ll do my best.

(If you have questions you want me to ask Neil, feel free to leave them in comments.)


11 comments on “Two More Cool Things, and Only One of Them Is Neil Gaiman

  1. M says:

    lucky you and the audience 😀
    lucky neil and the audience 😀

    lucky everybody!

  2. Jaimie says:

    I love that illustration. God, I just love trees. Clocks in them, even better.

  3. Rita says:

    New York has all the cool stuff. I bet it isn’t even snowing there today.

    That Watcherwoman picture is truly awesome. Imagining The Magicians with those types of illustrations throughout is a very interesting thought, you know?

  4. M Blockley says:

    And you will also be appearing next to Jonathan Franzen. Are you going to get a talk show?

  5. dennitzio says:

    If you do one of those illustration-a-page version of your books I’ll buy them. M loves to read but boy does she demand a lot of pictures. You think a six-year-old can handle Codex, yah?

  6. Beth says:

    Just noticed you’re listed as the author of ‘The Magician’ (no S) on the 92Y listing at http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?productid=T-LC5AE34. Might be a bit easier for interested people to find your book if the Y corrected that 🙂

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  8. Caroline Clagon says:

    Why limit the program to DC? I live in Cheverly, east of the Anacostia just outside the DC line, where there are plenty of people who’d be interested in biking if there were safe routes. You’d get a lot more supporters if you looked beyond the city limits.

  9. Lajos says:

    I know a lot of people who lvoooed JONATHAN STARNGE, but I just couldn’t get into it. I think I was using it as one of my treadmill books (meaning I read it on the treadmill) and it may have been too complex for running and reading. I’m giving it another go sans treadmill, soon. I haven’t read THE MAGICIANS but like the sound of it. “Harry Potter for grown-ups”…love that.

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