Neil Gaiman took home yet another prize this week, this time the American Library Association’s Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book, his recently-released children’s book.
The NPR story, much to my delight, identifies Gaiman primarily as the author of the Sandman comics, not of Coraline (about to hit the big screen) or Stardust (already did) or any of his other novels.
You are on a speakerphone with at least 14 teachers and librarians and suchlike great, wise and good people, I thought. Do not start swearing like you did when you got the Hugo. This was a wise thing to think because otherwise huge, mighty and fourletter swears were gathering. I mean, that’s what they’re for. I think I said, You mean it’s Monday?
The book also has illustrations by our beloved Dave McKean. I don’t know about you, but I still feel it’s a win for comics every time a comics author gets another award, another bit of recognition. And not just because Gaiman started me off on my long addiction to sequential art.