Welcome back to our cosy nook. Pull up an armchair, pour yourself a soothing drink and join us for a good chat. These episodes are always special to me because we get to delve into the books under discussion in a much fuller way than our usual episodes allow. Needless to say this means spoilers, so we recommend that listeners read the book in advance. This episode we explore Neil Gaiman’s mythical masterpiece, American Gods. This is a toughie to describe. In some ways it’s a road-trip around the hidden highways of the USA, in others it’s a meditation on belief. The book is wildly unpredictable, utterly charming and chilling in equal measures.
Posts Tagged ‘Neil Gaiman’
Posted by geeksyndicate on May 22, 2013
Posted by wedgedoc on May 11, 2013
Taking Clara’s two young wards on a trip in the TARDIS probably doesn’t sound like the best plan in the world. Official words:
The perfect theme park day out is also ground zero for a deadly silver resurrection..
Neil Gaiman returns to bring the Cybermen back into our nightmares. Does he succeed, or is this his Silver Nemesis?
Posted by silverfox1967 on March 19, 2013
After the first two episodes, I can only give it a firm 5/5 thumbs up!
Posted by geeksyndicate on November 7, 2012
Just like the Daleks it seems you can’t keep a classic Dr Who enemy down for long.
Posted by geeksyndicate on July 13, 2012
Posted by Leo Johnson on June 4, 2012
Something of a side project for a few big name creators, Creator Owned Heroes seeks to bring some original content to the comic world, in a different way. Something of an anthology, something of a general comic magazine, entirely entertaining, we find two different stories as the main feature of Creator Owned Heroes. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Comic Reviews, REVIEWS | Tagged: American Muscle, Creator Owned Heroes, image, image comics, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Kevin Mellon, Neil Gaiman, Phil Noto, Previews, Steve Niles, Trigger Girl 6 | Leave a Comment »
Posted by brogen on February 2, 2012
The Almighty Johnsons – a New Zealand drama about four brothers who are descended from Norse gods – starts on Syfy this week. When Axl turns 21, it is revealed to him that he and his brothers are the living reincarnations of ancient gods who were expelled from their home in Asgard and settled in New Zealand.
Norse mythology is the name given to the Pagan beliefs in Germany and Scandinavia in the pre-Christian era. These myths are particularly interesting, but there have been precious few adaptations into modern popular culture. Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien and Robin Jarvis have all been inspired by, or used characters from Norse mythology in their works, but Greek is still the most well known mythology in the world. Thanks to last year’s movie adaptation of Thor – courtesy of Marvel – there has been an explosion of curiosity in the ancient Scandinavian stories, so for the curious, we have racked our brains and come up with some of the best uses of Norse mythology in popular culture… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by montoc1701 on January 17, 2012
The first thing you notice about this book is the size of it. It is a huge book but one that you cannot wait to just jump in and start reading. The Editors Ann and Jeff Vandermeer have collected over a hundred years of weird tales by over a hundred authors that are well known and also some you might not have heard of. This is truly a labour of love by the Vandermeers and I hope this inspires others to publish other works that are like this a mesmerizing read.
Posted in Book News, Book Reviews, NEWS | Tagged: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, Alfred Kubin, CHINA MIÉVILLE, corvus books, H.P Lovecraft, Jeff VanderMeer, Michael Moorcock, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, The Weird, Weird Tales | Leave a Comment »
Posted by brodysixx on March 17, 2011
April 11th 2011 sees the release of Coraline 3D on Blu-Ray DVD, the stop-motion adaptation of the novella by Neil Gaiman.
A thrilling, fun and suspenseful adventure, Coraline features an all-star voice cast including Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French and Ian McShane. This must-see animated family film is released in stunning high-definition on stereoscopic 3D Blu-ray for the first time on 11 April 2011, courtesy of Universal Pictures UK. Combining the visionary imaginations of two premier fantasists, director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach) and author Neil Gaiman (Stardust, Beowulf), the Oscar® nominated Coraline was the first stop-motion feature ever to be conceived and photographed in stereoscopic 3D.
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Posted by geeksyndicate on September 30, 2010
This is one huge tome of comic history. I’ve only just scratched the surface with my copy but look out for a review soon.
The Simon & Kirby Superheroes
Featuring a new introduction by Neil Gaiman!
Exploding with action and excitement, The Simon & Kirby Superheroes collects all of the stories the creators of Captain America produced in this genre independent of Marvel and DC! [Titan Books, £35.00, 29th September 2010]
The only compendium authorized by both Joe Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby, this over-sized, full-color hardcover features adventures brilliantly restored to their original glory, including some tales that have never been released before now, and others that have been reproduced from original artwork for the first time in decades.
This volume introduces some of the dream team’s most exciting characters: Fighting American, their cold-war patriotic hero, The Fly, with origins in an unknown Spider-Man prototype, Lancelot Strong, the man with the double life, and the Hollywood swashbuckler known as Stuntman.
In addition to unreleased alternate covers and rare double-page spreads, Simon & Kirby Superheroes offers three never-before-seen stories: “Stuntman Crowns a Jungle Lord,” “Trapped on Wax,” and Fighting American in “The Mad Inker.”
Beginning with the Black Owl in December, 1940, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby set the standard for costumed heroes. Their creation Captain America (soon to be featured in a major motion picture by Marvel Studios) remains one of the most famous characters in comic book history, and their work for Timely and DC Comics raised the bar for the medium.
Neil Gaiman is one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novel writers. His work includes the massively successful Sandman, and Neverwhere. He is also the director of Mirrormask and a New York Times best-selling author of American Gods and Coraline.
GS Reporter: Nuge
Source: Titan Books
Posted by TheHarkin on August 28, 2010
I’m writing to you from the 2010 Discworld Convention and you can’t stop me ahahahahahaha.
Rob Wilkins is Terry Pratchett’s PA and no-one’s entirely what that actually means, but he seems to muddle along okay. Rod Brown is a former producer of UK film company The Mob, which means no-one’s entirely sure what he does either, besides making a lot of money. He has since left The Mob to set up as a freelance producer in Los Angeles. The two of them sat down yesterday with some fans in a little side-room of the Birmingham Hilton Metropole to talk about the movies and the general process of writing; a klatch.
When Rod arrived, he was burdened with a lot of bags, boxes and children. Over the course of the klatch, Rod produced props from Going Postal (out now on DVD and Blu-Ray, starring yours truly) and The Colour Of Magic (also yours truly, also out). We all had some fun passing them round to look at; trying on the Postmaster’s Hat, flicking through Lord Vetinari’s biography, reading Twoflower’s phrasebook. But the main thing that came out of the Klatch was definitely not any leaked information about the next Discworld movies.
If anything was mentioned, it would be very wrong of me to mention it on the internet. That would be unethical, a breach of trust and just plain naughty. With that in mind, I should definitely relay what wasn’t said. Rod definitely didn’t say that he was working on Good Omens next year and certainly didn’t have a first draft screenplay. The Mob certainly aren’t working on adapting Unseen Academicals for the screen next and even if they were Rob Wilkins wasn’t hoping to get a few shots of himself playing football if he did.
At no point was any of that said, by anyone, to anyone. And even if it was, I didn’t just tell you and you didn’t hear it here first. Right? Right. I’m glad we had this talk.
Posted by Tigervamp on January 22, 2010
ShortList Magazine have compiled a Top Ten list of “essential” Graphic Novels.
The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller and Lynn Varley
Watchmen – Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima - Keiji Nakazawa
From Hell – Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar – Harvey Pekar
Sin City: That Yellow Bastard – Frank Miller
Batman: The Killing Joke – Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
Preacher: Gone to Texas - Garth Ennis
Tank Girl: Volume 1 – Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin
Sandman: Volume 1 – Neil Gaiman
My main intention here is not to disagree with the list but to ask you, the readers, what your opinions are on the chosen titles. I would also like to know what changes, if any, you would make to the list. However, since I’m here…
Posted by geeksyndicate on October 17, 2009
Our mates over at the Forbidden Planet International blog were luck enough to be allowed to record an sold event with Neil Gaiman and Ian Rankin the Edinburgh Book Festival. Denise Mina chaired the event. You listen to what the guys discussing writing comics and prose here.
GS Reporter: Nuge
Posted by roy3 on July 25, 2009
Joe Quesada breaks the news that he’s acquired Britain’s finest hero during an awkward pause according to Comic Book Resources.
Taking a break from fan questions as Quesada is teasing a big announcement…
“Marvelman belongs to Marvel,” said Quesada, saying that the company purchased the character from creator Mick Anglo – a process that started in 2007 thanks to word from Neil Gaiman. “Mick is 94 years old, and I talked to him on Wednesday for an hour and a half,” said Buckley noting that Marvel had discusses plans for the character and its stories with Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Alan Davis and Mark Buckingham, who was in the audience.
“I’m excited to see this character not just at Marvel, but the continued adventures of Marvelman,” said Quesada.
You also can find a video of Quesada talking further about Marvelman right here.
I’ve been out of the comic book game for a while (I think I’m getting my ten year chip next year), but I definitely know Miracle/Marvelman is a very big deal. I remember MacFarlane getting into legal trouble back at Image during the 90′s. Here more on that situation from Rich Johnston via Bleeding Cool…
Naturally there are questions about the more recent-ish Marvelman/Miracleman run from Warrior Magazine and Eclipse Comics by Alan Moore, Garry Leach, Dez Skinn, Alan Davis, Chuck Austen, Rick Veitch, John Totleben, Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham that has been under extreme legal uncertainties since the series ended, mid-way into the latter creative team’s run.
I understand it is Marvel’s intent to publish that as well, and they are currently trying to contact every party involved to come to an agreement over any outstanding issues.
In what form that will take is still undecided, and there are still issues to address.
I do hope for the best for Quesada and he does get permission from everyone, but if he doesn’t…Hey! Que Sura Sura.
What current plans for Marvelman does Quesada have, nothing has come up yet, but if I was a betting man. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Anglo collection gets nice shiny hardcovers.
BTW, is it me or was it a bit unsettling that no one in the room weren’t surprised or even phased about the acquisition?
Source: Comic Book Resources, Bleeding Cool
Posted by geeksyndicate on July 9, 2009
Based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book and helmed by “The Nightmare Before Christmas” director Henry Selick, – is the first high definition, stop-motion animated feature to be shot in 3-D.
In the film, a young girl (voiced by Dakota Fanning) walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life – only much better. But when this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit other mother (voiced by Teri Hatcher) tries to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her stubborn determination, bravery, and the aid of her neighbours and a talking black cat to save her real parents and some ghost children and get back home.
Other exciting characters include; Mr Bobinski (voiced by Ian McShane), Miss Forcible (voiced by Jennifer Saunders) and Miss Spink (voiced by Dawn French).
Now I never got the chance to see Coraline at the cinema but Dave did and bloody loved it so I’m looking forwad to checking this out.
You fans out there will be pleased to here that Coraline is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray July 21st from Universal Studios Home Entertainment (the 2 disc DVD edition with digital copy is only available for a limited time). All releases also include both 2-D and 3-d Versions of the film as well as 4 pairs of 3-D glasses with every copy!
Check out some of the great bonus features and also in case you missed it first time around our Geek Syndicate interview with Neil Gamian and Coraline’s Producer Claire Jennings.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: 3D, Blu - Ray, Claire Jennings, Coraline, Dawn French, DVD News, Ian McShane, Jennifer Saunders, Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman interview, Teri Hatcher, Tim Burton | Leave a Comment »