Monday, May 2, 2016

Jim Batt's KICKSTARTER for Neil Gaiman's poem about a doomed saint

Meet Jim Batt, who is creating the wonderful stop-motion short film of Neil Gaiman's poem: IN RELIG ORAN.

The film title is THE GRAVE OF SAINT ORAN. Please consider backing Jim's Kickstarter HERE>!

Only a few days left to get in on this campaign, and we have sent Jim a few signed Neil prints, illustrated by maestro Michael Zulli.

I did a little interview with Jim, read on!

1. What inspired you to work with Neil? How did you meet?

I've been a long time admirer of Neil's work, since I first read Sandman really - which I first encountered at my university library. I would while away the hours between lectures, losing myself in the overlapping stories and strange yet familiar characters. Those books will always bring back memories of musty bookshelves, leather chairs and low voices of people arguing cartesian philosophy or swearing they really do understand postmodernism.

Years later, I was lucky enough to get to know Neil through both Kim Boekbinder and Amanda Palmer. I think we first met backstage at a gig, but would cross paths in various parts of the world fairly often, as our friendship circles overlapped in a big international art family.

Neil's writing, the deft way he weaves together our world with magic and myth, has been a big influence on me, so getting the chance to work with one of his stories is an amazing opportunity.

2. Why did you chose to illustrate IN RELIG ORAN?

I had finished of a long year of work, and was looking about for my next personal project. I'd had the poem stuck in my head for a while, something about the oddness of the story and the rhythm of it had caught hold. It's such a strange story - equal parts myth and history, philosophy and horror, I think of it as a kind of existential ghost story. But at the heart of it all, is the big question humanity has always faced - how much do we really understand about our place in the world? A question that is approached with both curiosity and fear, but never leaves us. It was that line "He will touch you, he will taste you, he will leave his words inside you - god is not what you imagine, nor is hell, and nor is heaven" that really made me want to explore the story further.

3. Do you think your work with Amanda on the brilliant WANT IT BACK will inform this film?

The WANT IT BACK video was very much a response to the chaotic energy of that song, and the creative process that Amanda and I have developed, incorporating both spontaneity and planning. The sheer madness of doing stopmotion video with live humans definitely made that video a unique beast all of it's own. Every stopmotion film I've worked on has brought it's own special brand of insanity with it, so I'm guessing The Grave of St Oran will do the same…

4. You reside in Melbourne, Australia. Is this where will you be filming THE GRAVE OF SAINT ORAN?

I've been splitting my time between Melbourne and New York for a while now, and I intend to shoot this project here in my Brooklyn studio this time around!

5. Do you have any other upcoming project are you especially excited about?

Over the last year or so, Jherek Bischoff and I have been working on series of videos to accompany his next album and its looking amazing. And I've been doing a lot of work with Kim Boekbinder and Molly Crabapple, creating illustrated political animations that touch on some really important topics. So keep an eye out for those!

6. If you could meet any of Neil's fictional characters, who would you like to have a conversation with?

Coraline is easily one of my favourite characters, but I suspect Hob Gadling would make for a very interesting evening of conversation over a few drinks. He likes to talk, and has seen a lot in his many years on this planet.

7. Who might play you in the movie version of your life?

Wait - I thought this WAS the movie version of my life?

8. How do you plan to promote this film? What is your best hope for where the film winds up?

Once the film is finished, we're hoping to get it into a few festivals. Obviously all of our backers will get their own private online screening, but we'd love to send it out into the world for some big screen love - it would be a dream to get into some of the top animation festivals like Annecy or Stuttgart!

9. Do you have someone in mind for the soundtrack for the film?

Yes! We're incredibly lucky to have musical maestro Jherek Bischoff onboard to score the film. Can't wait to see what he dreams up, his music is always so evocative.

10. The best digital link to find me is: @battsignal on twitter if you want to say hello, or www.jimbatt.com if you want to see some of my other work.

the best analog place to find me is: At my local East Village cafe, drinking coffee and working from my laptop.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sean von Gorman watercolor print RADIOACTIVE MYTH.

Sean Von Gorman has done it again.

He has presented us with this imagined view from the past, what if Neil had an origin story like Spiderman.

That New York sensation, he of the Houdini, Pawnshop & ToeTag Riot comics fame-- Sean has created a little Neil Gaiman-- in the style of one of my all-time favorite artists: Charles Addams.

This is a from a Neil interview conducted in Oct 2006. by Jessa Crispin

Q: How did your interest in mythology start?

A: I wish I had an origin story for you. When I was four, I was bitten by a radioactive myth.

I remember the first time I encountered Thor was definitely in comics, which left me interested and excited enough in Roger Lancelyn Green’s Tales of the Norsemen that I read it until it fell apart. Then I went out with my own money and bought Roger Lancelyn Green’s Tales of Egypt. Which I read a lot. I was a seven-year-old kid reading ancient Egyptian mythology for pleasure.

Click here for the full interview.

We are offering this limited edition full color print in an easily framable size of 8.5" x 11". $20.00

This will be a run of 300 on a gorgeous pearly stock.

Printed right here in Hollywood, California U.S. of A. CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS.

here is an exclusive back-stage look at Sean's watercolor process:

Sean is a super-talent, hint* ---> watch this space for some news about another joint project from us, me writing, Sean illustrating.

You can support Sean as well by asking for his latest title TOE TAG RIOT in your local comic book shop!

a portion of the money collected will go to THE GAIMAN FOUNDATION, Neil's support of the art community-- and some will go to BLACKJAGUARWHITETIGER, which is a big cat reserve in Mexico. go see their site: so many happy rescued lions & tigers!

feel free to ask any questions: neverwear@gaiman.net

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Writer's Kit #3 is here, w/ more chances to win a signed-by-Neil Gaiman bag!

We had such fun with the first & second Writer's Travel Kit, which quickly sold out, we designed a third set. We only have 100 of these-- they will go fast.

A lucky clicky pen w/Neil's writing advice printed in silver, a tote bag, 12 postcards and a new luggage tag. All the traveling writer needs to get around.

The new luggage tag is hard recycled plastic to withstand all of the rigors of travel.

The tag features a quote from Neil:

"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before..."

3 DREAM postcards, 3 WISH postcards, 3 HOPE postcards and 3 FIRE postcards. (or let me know in the memo, i'll make 12 of whatever you prefer) These are the newly reprinted HOPE cards, I went with Chris Riddell's original lighter-in-color version.

This lovely tote (made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles), will hold what you need to carry with you perfectly. The straps are reinforced, to carry everything from a change of clothes to your bowling ball. Silver ink on black, w/a protection dragon!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

(tote bag WILL fit the gorgeous ABSOLUTE SANDMAN #1, but sorry to report, that giant book does not come with the kit)

to further sweeten the deal, when Neil was in town, I asked him to sign 15 of the hundred bags in silver sharpie and I will send them in random orders. I thought it would be like the Willy Wonky golden ticket, and a nice thank-you to his readers.

TO BE CLEAR: they are not all signed, only one in fifteen have been signed!

this is what the lucky fifteen look like! There is actually a pretty good chance of getting a signed Neil bag for a steal.

We are packing ALL the kits up and throwing them in a big bin, so we will not know who gets the signed versions. Hope you will post your prizes on the Neverwear Facebook page.

(i also post discount codes over on that page- worth a visit)

Note to add: we are offering FIVE signed versions which will directly benefit 100% to The Gaiman Foundation--see under separate heading, look in the product line! for that one you can click CLICK HERE.

Fellow writers! remember Neil's brilliant advice on writing: "finish things"-

Friday, January 1, 2016

happy new year 2016!

hello all you fine readers!

hope your new year's eve was wonderful. (we went to the last ever Motley Crue show here in LA--still a little sleepy)

Neil posted a mini-video reading his New Year's Wish, see it here.

Last year, the so-talented David Mack did a watercolor illustration of the New Year's Wish and we sold out in three days. This year we did a second printing of it, David added a frame and a blue wash~

we are selling it connected with a secondary companion print- get one for $28 and the second is only $10 dollars more, for a limited time.

We will disconnect the two prints on January 3rd, so if you like, get them early! Order them here.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

updates on the Neil Gaiman/David Mack prints!

Hello all, a little update on the new DAVID MACK/NEIL GAIMAN print shipments.

We had pre-postaged/packed many of the tubes and now we are putting the prints in the tubes.

We had to hand-number, hand-stamp 4000 pieces-- they should all be at the post office by Monday morning Dec 14th. For orders made after the 15th Dec, we can't be sure that packages will arrive by Christmas, we shall try, but can't guarantee.

If you have been following our Facebook page, or our twitter page you have seen many of the photos from Neil's visit here in LA.

*whew-- a whirlwind! I even got him in front of the Breaking Bad RV which is parked on the Sony lot...

You will also have seen that I asked Neil to sneak sign a small amount of the DREAM prints and have slid them into the pile. You may just get one in your order.

The print bundles will separate on Monday at midnight PST, meaning no longer will you be able to buy one at 28$ and get the second for only $10 more dollars-

the Dream will become $28 and the Wish will become $38, so that's a nice savings if you want both... click on this to get to the WISH/DREAM prints!

thanks so much for your support- your moneys have gone on to fund protecting the lions and tigers of our planet via BLACKJAGUARWHITETIGERand freedom of speech via Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! also furthering the careers of artists via Gaiman Foundation.

we are so grateful for you!

Cat

Friday, November 27, 2015

NEW! dreamy David Mack/Neil Gaiman mash-up plus a reprinting of WISH.

This dreamy watercolor by David Mack perfectly illustrates Neil's words "A book is a dream that you hold in your hands."

We are offering this limited edition full color print in an easily framable size of 8.5" x 11".

Printed right here in Hollywood, California.

Get it on the presale price of $25 or buy it with the second edition WISH print for only $35. This sale will be up for the next four days until Dec 1, 2015. Also I posted a 10% code on the blog/twitter/instagram. follow me for these little money-love-bombs. (@neverwear on twitter etc) (easy access for code, which you enter at checkout: Readerlove10)

(NOTE TO ADD: PRESALE PRICE IS OVER, but still offering both prints for a deal at $40)

I love that she is floating with cats while reading.

also here is the second run version of Neil's New Year's Wish print also done by David. We did sell out the entire run last year....this print will have a run of 1000 at a size of 11" x 17".

all sold unsigned with the Neverwear stamp embossed.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

so grateful for these two visionaries.

a portion of the money collected will go to THE GAIMAN FOUNDATION, Neil's support of the art community, they do a great funding of the CBLDF as well-- and another portion will go to BLACKJAGUARWHITETIGER, a big cat reserve in Mexico.

We will be ahead of the game this year as I am NOT ON TOUR! We expect to get the prints in about ten business days, and will have the labels and tubes all prepped beforehand.

feel free to ask any questions: neverwear@gaiman.net

Friday, November 20, 2015

BRAND NEW! Writer's Travel pack #2 (plus a good chance to win a signed-by-Neil bag)

We had such fun with the first Writer's Travel Pack, which quickly sold out, we designed a new set. We only have 100 of these-- they will go fast.

A lucky clicky pen w/Neil's advice printed in silver, a tote bag, 12 postcards and a luggage tag. All the traveling writer needs to get around.

4 WISH postcards, 4 HOPE postcards and 4 FIRE postcards. (or let me know, i'll make 12 of whatever you prefer) These are the newly reprinted HOPE cards, I went with Chris Riddell's original lighter-in-color version.

**(in other news, I am sending the reprints out to those who ordered, if yours doesn't show up soon, let me know! neverwear@gaiman.net)**

This lovely tote (made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles), will hold what you need to carry with you perfectly. The straps are reinforced, to carry everything from a change of clothes to your bowling ball. Silver ink on black, w/a protection dragon!

(it WILL fit the gorgeous ABSOLUTE SANDMAN #1, but sorry to report, that giant book does not come with the kit)

The luggage tag is metal to withstand all of the rigors of travel. We've had them on our road crew suitcases for three years and they're still hanging on. Dream dangerously, team.

to further sweeten the deal, when I saw Neil at the Long Beach event, I asked him to sign 10 of the hundred bags in silver sharpie and I will send them in random orders. I thought it would be like the Willy Wonky golden ticket, and a nice thank-you to his readers. TO BE CLEAR: they are not all signed, only one in ten have been signed!

this is what the lucky ten look like! There is actually a pretty good chance of getting a signed Neil bag for a steal.

Writers! remember Neil's advice on writing, "finish things"- CLICK HERE TO ORDER. enjoy.