Neil Gaiman has built an empire of words over the last two decades. He has not only become one of the top writers in modern comics with series like Sandman becoming modern classics and his Hitchhiker's Guide guide Don't Panic becoming somewhat of a de facto Douglas Adams reference, but he has also penned best-selling novels like Stardust (1998) and American Gods (2001). 2004 saw the comics (and eventual graphic novel) release of the high-concept but very clever 1602, in which Gaiman transplanted Marvel Comics' staple heroes to Elizabethan England. He wrote the teleplay (with Lenny Henry) for the 1996 BBC miniseries Neverwhere, had the daunting task of writing the English language screenplay for Hayao Miyazaki's mega-anime feature, Princess Mononoke in 1999.
His unconventional children's book, Coraline (2002) is being made into a $70 million film by James and the Giant Peach animator, Henry Selick, and he and Roger Avary have been deputized to adapt the monster poem, Beowulf, which will also be released in animated form (in 2007).
Presently, he is on tour promoting his latest book, a just-published follow-up to American Gods called Anansi Boys, and getting fans and non-fans alike excited about the fantastical yarn that he and Sandman conspirator Dave McKean wrote for the Jim Henson Company called MirrorMask, which opens in theaters beginning September 30. He currently lives outside of Minneapolis, and was generous enough to take time out of his sleep schedule to talk to Cinematical.