November 12th, 2010 3:24 pm CT
In the world of comic books, the name “Neil Gaiman” carries resonant connotations. He, along with a few select others in the late 80s and early 90s, helped raise the profile of comic books from a mere children’s medium of entertainment to a high literary and aesthetic standard. And where else did this legend in the world of the graphic novel celebrate his 50th birthday Thursday? Why, right here in the city at Rosy’s Jazz Hall, of course.
A blog from one of the exclusive attendees (it was by invitation only, and only 150 guests were offered the opportunity), which can be found at http://kleinletters.com/Blog/?p=11757, included a bar, live music, and a food buffet. Who knows if Dream and Delirium were present to add some enigmatic mystique to the scene?
Gaiman is the author of the famous Sandman series, which was printed by DC Comics under the Vertigo imprint. It focuses on The Endless, a series of anthropomorphic entities who rule over various realms of human experience, with Dream being the main protagonist, though other such as Death and Desire get page time. The series is notable for its high level of critical acclaim, its vivid expressionistic images, and the sophisticated quality of the writing, which would go on to influence countless interpretations of comic books from then on. It also mixes elements of horror and fantasy and is mostly self-contained.
So happy belated 50th birthday, Neil! Gaiman himself is from Hampshire, England, and originally sought out to become a journalist. He also maintains a blog that, unusually for a celebrity, involves direct communication with his fans. Hopefully Death isn’t knocking at your door too much. You can always just hang out with Dream instead.