A Long Chat with Neil Gaiman

From Ain't It Cool News, an extensive interview with Neil Gaiman on the upcoming release of Beuwolf, which he co-wrote with Roger Avary, as well as the pleasures and perils of adapting your own work.Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, as well as writing books for readers of all ages. He is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. His take on how different creative arenas can, and should, intersect is as varied as his career.

On working with someone you trust:

We talked for several hours and at the end of the conversation I thought, "You know, I really like him; I really trust him…" and I do trust him. I emailed a friend of mine the other day to find out about a particular producer who had wanted to do some work with me and I said, "Is he trustworthy?" And the guy wrote back "Isn't that rather like asking ‘is this lion a vegetarian?'" (laughs)

You know, the thing about Matthew that I liked is his word is his bond. He's absolutely trustworthy and to the point where our deal on STARDUST was a genuine … kid's do not try this at home – do not do as I did – do as I say – for God's sake, never do this… because it was a free option.

It was an "Ok you want to do it? Ok, I trust you, go do it" and you don't do that. You really don't. I mean, I would advise any young writers against doing… [laughing], except that I had known Matthew at that point for four years and I trusted him utterly and I liked him and then I went off and found the screenwriter, because I didn't think I wanted to write that myself and BEOWULF at that time had just started happening. I can juggle careers as well as the next man, as long as the next man is a novelist who also writes movies and comic books…