I went back on my word to go out with the Borders babes yesterday claiming that I had a lot of “work” to do (Sorry girls, especially Sam!). Well, I did do some work-work (to do with my Masters programme application), but the truth was, I wanted to stay home to make a card for Neil Gaiman. Yep, fangirl here, guilty as charged. I just felt that Neil was being so nice by coming down here to Singapore and he was going to sign autographs for literally thousands of people and I just wanted to make him something to let him know that I really appreciate him doing all these for his fans.
Anyway, I spent about 6 hours yesterday making the card you see below. It only doesn’t look like there are 6 hours of work put in it, but try telling that to my aching neck.
Buttons for Neil.
The buttons are a reference to one of his children’s books, “Coraline”. (It’s out in cinemas already. Go watch it!) And here’s what I drew on the inside to fill up the space:
Buttons for eyes.
It’s supposed to look like this:
"Would you like a snack, darling?"
She’s the Other Mother in Coraline, and in this other world, the characters inexplicably have buttons for eyes, and they are sinister. Anyway, as I wrote to Neil in my card, it’s been a great number of years since I last drew or coloured anything, so pardon the resemblance of my drawing to the Joker.
While I was walking towards Victoria Theatre, the venue of today’s session, I actually saw Neil Gaiman together with his girlfriend, Amanda Palmer, who’s one half of a popular indie duo. Actually, I saw Amanda Palmer first, and by the time I realised that the man whose arm she was holding was Neil Gaiman, they were already walking away.
The theatre was about 3/4 full when I arrived and I had to sit upstairs in the circle seats. After a short while, Neil himself arrived onstage and the literary dialogue session began. He was as witty in person, and had a macabre sense of humour, as he is in his writings.
That's Neil waving enthusiastically to his fans upstairs in the circle seats.
My brother and I left separately before the dialogue session was over so as to head over to the Arts House for the autograph session. Unfortunately, only one item could be signed and I chose The Graveyard Book which I really loved.
As you can see (/edit: or probably not, now that I see the pics are tiny after I’ve published this post, but I can’t be bothered to edit, so just take my word for it that there were a lot of people), the line stretched all the way to the river, so it was a good thing my brother left the dialogue session earlier than me to grab a spot near the front.
We were 6th in line. :D
My brother got one of his Sandman comics to be signed first. As Neil was signing, my brother asked him if there would be a continuation of the Sandman story. Neil didn’t give a definitive answer of course, but he was really nice and sweet about it. When it was my turn, I handed him my card first, and he said, “Ooh, buttons!” before opening it up. I apologized again for the horrid picture and he said no, not at all, and THEN, HE GAVE ME A HUG FROM ACROSS THE TABLE! And that’s all because I made something for him. *smug* He even went the extra mile by drawing a nice tombstone around my name in his autograph! Sigh. Man. That was so awesome. Too bad my brother didn’t manage to catch the hug on camera.
See my card oh his right? :D
My handmade card made all the difference. Hehheh.
I still can hardly believed that NEIL GAIMAN HUGGED ME! Heh. Excuse me while I wear a grin to bed.
Oh yeah, and I finally hopped onto the Twitter bandwagon. Sigh. I’ve fallen over to the dark side. And my first tweet is about… you guessed it. Being hugged by Neil. Hehheh. Now that I’ve a Twitter account, I am encouraging those who haven’t to sign up for one too. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.