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Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer – Author & Musician
Neil Gaiman is an award-winning English author whose works include "The Graveyard Book," "Coraline," and the "Sandman" series. He is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics and is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, Gaiman's...More
Neil Gaiman is an award-winning English author whose works include "The Graveyard Book," "Coraline," and the "Sandman" series. He is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics and is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, Gaiman's career began in the early 1980s in journalism. His first book was a biography of Duran Duran, published in 1984. He moved to graphic novels, collaborating with artist Dave McKean on three graphic novels, before being hired by DC Comics. He then released the "Sandman" series, consisting of 75 issues between 1988-1996 and winning nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and three Harvey Awards. "Sandman" also became the first comic ever to receive a literary award, the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.
In addition to comics and graphic novels, Gaiman has written novels, screenplays and short stories for readers of all ages. His 2002 book "Coraline" (HarperCollins), originally considered too scary for children, won the British Science Fiction Award, the Hugo, the Nebula, the Bram Stoker, and the American Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla award. "Coraline" was turned into a film in 2009 and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. His first collection of short fiction, "Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions," was nominated for the UK’s MacMillan Silver Pen Awards as the best short story collection of the year. His 2001 novel for adults, "American Gods" (William Morrow), won Hugo and Nebula Awards, was a New York Times bestseller, and is being turned into an HBO TV series. Gaiman also wrote the screenplay for the BBC TV series Neverwhere (1996), the 2007 Robert Zemeckis film Beowulf, and has written two episodes for Doctor Who (2011's episode won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form; 2013's episode has not aired yet).
Amanda Palmer is an American singer, songwriter, performer and crowdsourcing newsmaker. Raised in Massachusetts, Palmer has an interest in performing arts and theater, even spending many years as a living statue of the Eight-Foot Bride in Cambridge's Harvard Square (she later starred in Statuesque, a short silent film with well-known author and now-husband Neil Gaiman, inspired by that time). In 2000, Palmer formed the punk-cabaret troupe Dresden Dolls, releasing their self-titled debut album in 2003. Four albums later, she released her first solo record, Who Killed Amanda Palmer (Roadrunner Records, 2008). After a long legal battle with her label, Palmer self-released two EPs, Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukelele and Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under. In 2012, Palmer made news when she raised $1.2 million through a Kickstater fundraising campaign, selling almost 25,000 copies of Theatre is Evil, her sophomore full-length album, along with premium merch and opportunities to interact with the artist at house parties and other special "experiences." Theatre Is Evil was widely released on September 11, 2012 on her own 8 Ft Records.
In addition to her work as a recording artist, Palmer has maintained her interest in theater, not only through her theatrical performances themselves, but also by co-writing and producing a play, With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart, with the students at her high school alma mater in Massachusetts, based on Neutral Milk Hotel’s album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge Records, 1998). She also served as the Master of Ceremonies at 43 sold-out performances in the American Repertory Theater’s 2010 Boston production of Cabaret.
Gaiman and Palmer married in January 2011 and have toured together numerous times. Both are highly active on Twitter and with their personal blogs, interacting with fans on a daily basis.Less