Neil Gaiman’s Big Year

On NPR last week, Neil Gaiman talked about his favorite movies and tv episodes, for a segment called “Watch This.” (Don’t be insulted that he didn’t mention books; they were not part of the assignment).

2013 may be an even bigger year than usual for Gaiman. Below are the many projects he’s released or has in the pipeline:

Chu's DayChu’s Day was released in January. Says EarlyWord Kids Correspondent, Lisa Von Drasek, “It is every bit as delightful as the premise (Chu is a little panda with a big sneeze that gets him in to trouble). Illustrator Adam Rex’s rolly polly panda is a huggably ‘awww’ inspiring as he sneezes his way through what will be a story time treasure.”

Check out all the happy library users in the following spread (and what’s going on in the empty card catalog drawers; click on the image to enlarge it):

Chu's Day -- Library Spread

Also recently released, a new edition of The Books of Magic (DC Comics/Vertigo, 1/29), in which a boy is introduced to all the heroes and villains in the DC comics. The series is collected in hardcover for the first time, over twenty years after it first appeared. It gets a big push from the Comics Alliance.

And, after many delays, Ron Howard is in talks to direct an adaptation of The Graveyard Book. Also in the works are several re-releases, an adult novel (The Ocean at the End of the Lane) and a prequel mini-series to The Sandman comic book series (DC/Vertigo), which was announced at Comic-Con last year. Also, his fantasy epic American Gods (released on its 10th anniversary as an “Author’s Preferred Text” edition last year and available in paperback on 2/5) is being developed as a series at HBO and he’s written an episode of the new season of Doctor Who, to air this spring.

Details on publication dates for the upcoming projects, after the jump:

The Silver Dream: An InterWorld Novel, with Michael Reaves (HarperTeen, 4/23), the sequel to InterWorld. Gaiman will be doing a keynote and a signing at the Texas Library Assoc. in April.

Just in time for graduations gifts, Make Good Art, the  speech he gave to the graduating class of  The University of the Arts last year, is being released in hardcover (HarperCollins/Morrow, May 14).

An anthology of short stories to benefit literacy nonprofit 826DCUnnatural Creatures (HarperCollins, 4/23), selected and introduced by Gaiman.

His adult novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, (HarperCollins/Morrow; HarperAudio) arrives June 18. He revealed the cover art on his Tumblr site on New Year’s Day.

Black Orchid, illus. by Dave McKean, (DC/Vertigo, July 23), a re-release in trade pbk. of Gaiman’s first project for Vertigo.

Marvel 1602: 10th Anniversary Edition, illustrated by Andy Kubert, (Marvel, Aug 20).

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