Neil Gaiman gave a wonderful reading, but my favorite moments happened before and after the main event. In New Year’s Eve style, I’ll outline my top ten:
1. The night of his talk the campus was soaked in a purple-gray fog. With the gothic architecture, Agnes Scott was both creepy and comforting–very Neil Gaiman-esque and kind of what I imagine Coraline is like. (I need to read/watch that already!)
2. The event was so packed that I just barely secured a seat–on the very last row of the balcony. It was a great view, but yikes! I don’t know when I’ve seen Gaines Chapel that full.
3. He waved at the overflow camera and all of us who were lucky enough to get a seat gave those in the overflow room a moment of sympathy.
4. He chatted briefly about his Jewish grandmother, whose chicken soup can heal anything, even the burn on your tongue from eating it. (I love grandmothers!)
7. When asked how he does such a good job with female protagonists, he said he just treats everyone as people.
9. I learned that Coraline was inspired by his daughter who liked horror stories at the age of 5.
10. At the end of the talk I bought a signed copy of The Graveyard Book. I gave it to my little sister Jana for Christmas. It was a hit!
Anyone else see him speak? What did you think?