NEWS: NEIL GAIMAN Gets an Origin with help from SEAN VON GORMAN | FanboysInc

NEWS: NEIL GAIMAN Gets an Origin with help from SEAN VON GORMAN

By Jeff Ayers

In an interview with famed author Neil Gaiman in 2006, he was asked by Jessa Crispin from Book Slut how he got into mythology. Gaiman replied, “I wish I had an origin story for you. When I was four, I was bitten by a radioactive myth.” He goes on to talk about how he really got into Thor comics, and norse mythology, which led him to pick up books on ancient Egypt mythology, all of which he was reading at a young age.

Neil Gaiman is an English author known for his short stories and novels that fall on the side of horror and macabre, winning multiple awards in that field. Some notable titles are Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and the Sandman comic series. His own merchandise company, Neverwear, which sells art and clothing related to the author and his works, allows fans to own more than just his stories. They have just announced a beautiful full color print of Sean Von Gorman’s interpretation of Gaiman’s origin quote, available for 20 dollars in a pre sale lasting until Monday Feb 29 at midnight. Only 750 of these gorgeous prints will be made, and they are a special treat for fans of Gaiman, and Von Gorman as well. Sean Von Gorman has been very active in the comic community, releasing his co-created Toe Tag Riot from Black Mask Studios, Secret Adventures of Houdini from Alterna Comics and Pawn Shop from Z2 Comics. He recently did a cool variant cover for Gutter Magic 2, which you can read our review of here.

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The print is 8.5″ by 11″, and boasts Von Gorman’s unique style, depicting the author at a young age receiving a Spider-Man like origin. Von Gorman has done work for Neverwear before, adding his art to posters and bookmarks for Gaiman’s annual All Hallows Read event in 2013. I asked Sean Von Gorman how he got involved with Neil Gaiman, and he recalled this story: “I had met Neil a few years back when I was just starting out in comics. I was at work and Neil Gaiman walks in, and I said I better [go] talk to Neil.  So, I say ‘Hello Neil my name is Sean, I love you [and] 1602 is one my favorite Graphic Novels’. Neil says ‘Wait Wait!’, runs out of the building and drags his then girlfriend Amanda Palmer over and says ‘Amanda this is Sean, Sean is awesome because he likes 1602.’ We’ve been friendly ever since. He’s been keeping up with my stuff and has always been super supportive.”

Proceeds from the sale of this print will benefit two charities: The Gaiman Foundation, which helps support the artistic community, and BLACKJAGUARWHITETIGER which is a big cat reserve in Mexico.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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