NPR has put up an excellent chat with legendary creator Neil Gaiman. In it he voices his opinions on the possibility of many “Golden Ages” (including that classic line about the Golden Age being when you are twelve. Anyone know the roots of that thought? I’ve heard it a few times before.)
Coming from a bit of a journalism/publication background myself, I really enjoyed him talking about his early days as a journalist, and his attempts to do a story on the comic phenomena happening in the 80s.
“I interviewed everybody. I got unpublished art. It was going to be the first big and important piece on what was going on back then,” Gaiman says. But when he submitted the piece, he waited … and waited … and “heard absolutely nothing.”
Another editor told Gaiman that one comics-related story per year was enough for the newspaper. “You are not getting it,” Gaiman recalls thinking. “There is such big and important stuff happening.”
You can listen to the piece here:
Give it a shot – the man’s got a voice like a cup of black forest tea with a hint of milk.