Neil Gaiman: A Primer

Avery Dame

Neil Gaiman has worked in many different mediums, from film to comics. Here’s a primer on some of Gaiman’s most well-known and significant works.

“The Sandman” (comic series, 1989-1996) – Widely considered a modern comic classic, the series has won 18 Eisner Awards — American comics’ highest award.

“Good Omens” (novel, 1990) – Gaiman co-wrote “Omens” with Terry Prachett, another major British author best known for his Discworld novel series.

“Neverwhere” (television series, 1996) – Originally released as a mini-television series on BBC Two, “Neverwhere” was also adapted into a novelization, comic series, two plays and film script, though Gaiman was only involved in the novel.

“Princess Mononoke” (film, 1997) – While Gaiman didn’t write the script for this Hayao Miyazaki film, he did adapt the Miramax English dub.

“Stardust” (novel, 1999) – The novel was nominated for a 1999 Locus award, and a film adaption starring Charlie Cox and Claire Danes was released in 2007.

“American Gods” (novel, 2001) –“Gods” was nominated for and won the 2002 Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards, some of fantasy and science fiction’s highest honors.

“Coraline” (novella, 2002) – This novella won the 2003 Hugo and Nebula awards for best novella, and was separately adapted into a film and musical in 2009. The 2009 stop-motion animation film has been nominated for the 2010 Best Animated Feature Oscar.

“Anansi Boys” (book, 2005) – The novel topped the New York Times bestseller list and won the 2006 Locus and British Fantasy Awards.

“Mirrormask” (film, 2005) – Gaiman wrote the story for this Jim Henson Company movie, which was designed and directed by his longtime collaborator Dave McKean. Though the film was meant to be released straight to DVD, it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival and had a limited theatrical run.

“The Graveyard Book” (novel, 2008) –Inspired heavily by Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” “Graveyard” received the 2009 Newbery award, given to the year’s best contribution to children’s literature, as well as the 2009 Locus Award for Best Young Adult novel.