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1. UK University Hires First Professor of Graphic Novels

Lancaster University has appointed French graphic novelist and critic Benoît Peeters as Visiting Professor in Graphic Fiction and Comic Art, the first university in the UK to hire someone with this title.

Peeters, a well known scholar on Hergé and Tintin, will hold the position for three years. The author of Tintin and the World of Hergé and Hergé’s biography, Hergé, Son Of Tintin will give lectures, run creative writing workshops, and supervise post-graduate students.

“The appointment will bring a new dimension to our University and, in particular, to our English and creative writing courses,” stated Simon Guy, professor of arts and social sciences at Lancaster University. “It will also demonstrate strong commitment to our collaboration with the increasingly popular and fast-expanding Lakes international Comic Art Festival.”

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2. A Monster Awakens in the A Monster Calls Movie Teaser

Focus Features has unleashed a teaser trailer for A Monster Calls. According to Vulture, the story for this film adaptation comes from Patrick Ness’ young adult novel, A Monster Calls.

Juan Antonio Bayona took the helm as the director. Ness served as the screenwriter and adapted his own book into a script.

The video embedded above features the voice acting talent of Liam Neeson and glimpses of Lewis MacDougall as 12-year-old Connor. The Wrap reports that this movie will his theatres on Oct. 14, 2016. (via Indiewire)

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3. Powerhouse Museum Hosts the Art of the Brick: DC Comics Exhibit

lego batmobile (GalleyCat)The Powerhouse Museum, an institution based in Sydney, Australia, has been hosting “The Art of the Brick: DC Comics exhibit.” Nathan Sawaya, an artist, created a variety of lego sculptures inspired by several beloved DC Comics series.

Some of the items on display include a lego-style batmobile replica, a Wonder Woman bust, and a Superman statue. According to the press release, “the international tour of The Art of the Brick: DC Comics will begin in November in Sydney, followed by venues in additional major cities around the globe.”

The closing date for the Australian program has been scheduled for May 01, 2016. Who’s your favorite superhero from the DC universe?

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4. NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Cross the Finish Line

Today is the last day of November, and it’s time to wrap up your novel. So today’s tip is: Cross the finish line.

If you don’t feel quite done yet, don’t give up, you still have today. Now is the time to pour yourself some coffee and finish your book. You may have hesitations or feel like sections need to be reworked, but leave those thoughts for the editing process. You’ll have plenty of time in 2016 to refine and rework your novel. The point of this month’s exercise is to get the first draft written, so go ahead and get it done.

This is our 19th NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we have been offering advice throughout the entire month.

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5. J.K. Rowling Fuels a Twitter Debate on Severus Snape

rowlingHave you ever wondered about how Harry Potter came to choose the middle name of his second son? Fans sent their questions via Twitter to J.K. Rowling in the hopes of learning why Harry chose to honor his former Potions Master by naming one of children Albus Severus Potter.

To the Twittersphere’s delight, Rowling decided to answer these burning questions with a lengthy explanation. Below, we’ve chronicled all of the exchanges in a Storify post embedded below—what do you think? (via Mashable)

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6. The Little Prince Soars in a New Movie Trailer

A new trailer has been unveiled for The Little Prince animation film. The story for this project comes from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s book.

The video embedded above features the voice acting talents of Mackenzie Foy as the young girl, Jeff Bridges as the pilot, and Riley Osborne as the prince. Follow this link to watch the international trailer (in French).

This movie adaptation came out in France back in July 2015. The United States release date has been scheduled for Mar. 18, 2016. (via MovieWeb.com)

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7. New York Historical Society Hosts the Superheroes in Gotham Exhibit

Superheroes (GalleyCat)Have you ever noticed all the comic book heroes that call New York City home? To explore this topic, the New York Historical Society has been hosting the “Superheroes in Gotham” exhibit.

According to The Gothamist, this program focuses on six characters: Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and Spider-Man. Some of the items on display include a bat mobile, posters, costumes, toys, and comic books.

The closing date has been scheduled for Feb. 21, 2016. Who’s your favorite superhero from fiction? (via The Guardian)

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8. Chris Van Allsburg and Eric Carle Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Dream Snow Cover (GalleyCat)We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending Nov. 22, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3 in Hardcover Fiction) The Guilty by David Baldacci: “Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. His father, Dan Robie, has been arrested and charged with murder.” (Nov. 2015)

(Debuted at #6 in Children’s Illustrated) The Polar Express (The 30th Anniversary Edition) by Chris Van Allsburg: “A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole…” (Sept. 2015)

(Debuted at #8 in Children’s Illustrated) Dream Snow by Eric Carle: “It’s December 24th, and the old farmer settles down for a winter’s nap, wondering how Christmas can come when there is no snow! It is in his dream that he imagines a snowstorm coming and covering him and his animals—named One, Two, Three, Four and Five—in a snowy blanket.” (Sept. 2000)

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9. Maya Angelou Documentary Featured On Kickstarter

Bob HerculesRita Coburn Whack, and their team of filmmakers hope to raise $150,000 on Kickstarter for a documentary profiling the late Maya Angelou. For this project, the collaborators have interviewed several people who knew Dr. Angelou including President Bill Clinton, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and her son Guy Johnson. We’ve embedded a video about the new project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “Dr. Angelou has become a global symbol of peace, humility, and freedom–– but parts of her story are not well known. The Maya Angelou Documentary will reflect on how the events of history, culture, and the arts shaped Dr. Angelou’s life and how she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism. We hope to shed light on the untold aspects of her life and to educate audiences about her story.”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

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10. Sara Brickman Poetry Video Goes Viral

Sara Brickman has crafted a poem called “Talking Shit to Sadness.” The video embedded above features her performance at the 2015 National Poetry Slam.

For more poems by this writer, follow these links to listen to three more of her pieces: “Letter from the Water at Guantanamo Bay,” “Crazy Girls,” and “Mirror.” How do you react in times of sorrow?

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11. Cover Revealed for New Emily Foster Book

Drowning Eyes Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Emily Foster’s forthcoming book, The Drowning Eyes. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to Tor.com, Christine Foltzer served as the designer and Cynthia Sheppard created the artwork for this project. Tor/Forge, a division at Macmillan Publishers, has scheduled the release date for Jan. 12, 2016.

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12. Humble Bundle Offers an X-Files Comics Package

X Files Logo (GalleyCat)IDW Publishing has established a new partnership with Humble Bundle. The two collaborators have crafted an X-Files themed comics package.

Customers can choose between the publisher or a non-profit as the recipient of their money. They have two options: the Traveling Stories organization and Choose Your Own Charity (a selection of 30,000 charities). It will be available until Dec. 02, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Here’s more from the press release: “Customers can name their price for: The X-Files Classics Vol. 1, The X-Files: Season 10, Vol. 1 (#1 – 5), The X-Files: Season 10, Vol. 2 (#6 – 10), The X-Files Classics: Season One, Vol. 1, and The X-Files: Year Zero (#1 – 5). Those who pay more than the average price will also receive: The X-Files Classics Vol. 2, The X-Files Classics Vol. 3, The X-Files: Season 10, Vol. 3 (#11 – 15), The X-Files: Season 10, Vol. 4 (#16 – 20), The X-Files Classics: Season One, Vol. 2, The X-Files Annual 2014, The X-Files Archives, Vol. 1: Whirlwind & Ruins, The X-Files Annual 2015, and The X-Files Classics Vol. 4. Customers who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above plus: The X-Files: Season 11 #1, The X-Files: Season 11 #2, The X-Files: Season 11 #3, The X-Files: Season 10, Vol. 5 (#21 – 25), The X-Files Classics: Ground Zero, and The X-Files: Trust No One.”

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13. Publishing Jobs: Texas Book Festival, Taylor & Francis

This week, Texas Book Festival is hiring a literary director, while Taylor & Francis needs an editor. Parallax Press is seeking a publicist, and Cambridge University Press is on the hunt for a marketing assistant. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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14. ‘The Guilty’ Leads the iBooks Bestsellers List

61EfKEqrcjLThe Guilty by David Baldacci leads the iBooks Bestsellers list this week.

Apple has released the list of Bestselling iBooks from the week of 11/22/15. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich is No. 2 on the list and The Crossing by Michael Connelly is No. 3 on the list.

We have the entire list for you after the jump.

iBooks US Bestseller List- Paid Books Week 11/22/15

1. The Guilty by David Baldacci – 9781455586417 – (Grand Central Publishing)
2. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich – 9780345542984 – (Random House Publishing Group)
3. The Crossing by Michael Connelly – 9780316225892 – (Little, Brown and Company)
4. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham – 9780385539449 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)
5. One with You by Sylvia Day – 9781250109316 – (Macmillan)
6. See Me by Nicholas Sparks – 9781455520596 – (Grand Central Publishing)
7. The Pharaoh’s Secret by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown – 9780698191266 – (Penguin Publishing Group)
8. Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah – 9780345486356 – (Random House Publishing Group)
9. Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade – 9780062338310 – (William Morrow Paperbacks)
10. Monster Prick by Kendall Ryan – No ISBN Available – (Kendall Ryan)
11. The Martian by Andy Weir – 9780804139038 – (CrownArchetype)
12. Troublemaker by Leah Remini & Rebecca Paley – 9781101886977 – (Random House Publishing Group)
13. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende – 9781501117008 – (Atria Books)
14. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 9780698185395 – (Penguin Publishing Group)
15. The Survivor by Kyle Mills & Vince Flynn – 9781476783475 – (AtriaEmily Bestler Books)
16. All Dressed in White by Alafair Burke & Mary Higgins Clark – 9781501108570 – (Simon & Schuster)
17. Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – 9781455525935 – (Grand Central Publishing)
18. Hustle by Ashley Claudy – No ISBN Available – (Ashley Claudy)
19. The Promise by Robert Crais – 9780698146280 – (Penguin Publishing Group)
20. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn – 9780804188982 – (CrownArchetype)

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15. Sources of Light in Literature: INFOGRAPHIC

Roald Dahl BFGWhat sources of light do you recall from your favorite books? The team at solarcentre has created an infographic to showcase “Memorable Lights From Literature.”

The image features references to The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and The BFG by Roald Dahl. We’ve embedded the full piece below for you to explore further—what do you think?

Lights From Lit Infographic (GalleyCat)

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16. Unpublished Faulkner Play Published Posthumously

cover47webIn the early 1920s, author William Faulkner wrote a humorous play called Twixt Cup and Lip. The play is being published for the first time in the latest issue of The Strand Magazine.

Andrew Gulli, managing editor of the Strand, discovered the lighthearted work in in the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small special collectionsThe Guardian has more about the work:

Twixt Cup and Lip was written by Faulkner in the early 1920s, when the author would have been in his 20s. A one-act play, it is set in the apartment of a “well-to-do bachelor”, and sees two friends of around 30, Francis and Jim, each vying to convince the 19-year-old Ruth to marry them.

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17. ‘Pretend You’re Mine’ Leads Self-Published Bestsellers List

Pretend You’re Mine: A Small Town Love Story by Lucy Score continues to lead the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top e-books in two major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups.

Amazon Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of November 25, 2015

1. Pretend You’re Mine: A Small Town Love Story by Lucy Score: “Luke Garrison is a hometown hero, a member of the National Guard ready to deploy again. Strong, sweet, and sexy, he doesn’t have a girlfriend and doesn’t want one. When the wildly beautiful Harper stumbles into his life, though, he realizes that she’s the perfect decoy. A fake girlfriend to keep his family off his back until he’s out on another mission.”

2. Push by Joanna Blake: “I’m not just a high class escort, I’m a world class escort. My latest client doesn’t know who or what I am. I’ve been hired to take her innocence, give her an heir and steal her heart. I’m getting close. All she needs is just a little PUSH…”

3. Roommates by Erin Leigh: “Life is full of expectations. For Brady Coldwell it’s always been about the game. Hockey is and always will be, his life. His family sacrificed everything to get him here and he won’t let them down. He knows what’s expected of him.”

4. Undercover Love: A Billionaire Romance by Lucy Score: “Despite being smart, sassy, and driven, Ashley finds herself left out in the cold thanks to her fiancé Steve’s career. During a disastrous cocktail party, Ashley’s finds herself all alone after being ignored by Steve and humiliated by his ice queen colleague Victoria.”

5. Some Sort of Crazy by Melanie Harlow: “When a psychic tells Natalie Nixon her life is about to be upended by a mysterious stranger, she laughs it off. After all, she has everything she’s ever wanted—a successful bakery, the perfect boyfriend, and the keys to her dream house.”

6. A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest: “On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.”

7. The Lover’s Surrender by J.C. Reed: “Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, is sure of one of thing. She should never fully trust someone who has secrets. Especially when said bad boy is the sexiest man walking on earth. She is running away and has no intention of ever returning to him. But when a friend is killed and the one man she thought she would never meet again is accused of murder, she knows the story doesn’t add up.”

8. Shifters of Silver Peak: Mate for a Month by Georgette St. Clair: “One minute, city girl Eileen Pennyroyal is running in terror from a bear – so scared she even forgets that she can turn into a wolf. The next minute, she’s being rescued by the handsomest, rudest shifter she’s ever seen. Does Marcus even know how to speak, or does he just grunt when someone tries to make conversation?”

9. Box Set: The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod by Tracy Ellen: “Treat yourself, or gift your family members and friends with the perfect present of laughter and love this holiday season. Tracy Ellen is offering The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod series, Volumes I-V, in a special Holiday eBook Collection. The box set contains the full-length eBooks: A Date with Fate, Courted by Karma, In Love by Design, Adieu to Destiny, and Family & Fortune.”

10. The Dragon’s Surrogate: A Paranormal Pregnancy Romance by Angela Foxxe: “When Tasha applied to be surrogate mother for a wealthy client she was just seeking a huge payout for 9 months of work but she was set to get much more than she bargained for.”

Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of November 25, 2015

1. Methods of Pulse Differentiation and Assessment 辨脉平脉法 Biàn Mài Píng Mài Fǎ 

2. Private Practice Preparedness – The Health Care Professional’s Guide to Closing a Practice Due to Retirement, Death, or Disability 

3. Negotiating for Success: Essential Strategies and Skills by George J. Siedel

4. A Guidebook to Inks,Paints And Functional Inks 

5. Balancing the Equation 

6. Naturally Flawless: A holistic approach to clear skin 

7. The Generous Qur’an: An accurate, modern English translation of the Qur’an, Islam’s holiest book. 

8. Credo – Economic beliefs in a world in crisis 

9. Aesthetic Resistance Programming 3 

10. Supercapacitors 101 – A home Inventors Handbook 

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18. Cass Sunstein to Write ‘The World According to Star Wars’ Book

Star WarsCass Sunstein, a Harvard professor, has signed a deal with the HarperCollins imprint, Dey Street Books. Sunstein plans to write a book entitled The World According to Star Wars.

According to the press release, this book will feature “an exploration of George Lucas’s masterpiece as it relates to the arc of history, rebellions, politics, law, economics, fatherhood, and culture. Sunstein will demonstrate that the Star Wars series is all about serendipity and freedom — about the clouded nature of the future, the dismal failures of plans, and the inevitability, in our lives and our society, of ‘I am your father’ moments, which cast a new light on everything that has gone before.”

Julia Cheiffetz, an executive editor, negotiated the deal with Sarah Chalfant of the Wylie Agency. The publisher will release the book in May 2016.

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19. Penguin Random House to Give Away Books on Giving Tuesday

Penguin Random House’s employees will be giving out free books on Giving Tuesday, December 1 as part of its #GiveaBook social media campaign.

The #GiveaBook team will be handing out free books in front of several of the publisher’s offices in New York (1745 Broadway and 375 Hudson Street), as well as at Carroll Community College (near the publisher’s Westminster, MD distribution center), and Sommer Elementary School (near its Crawfordsville, IN distribution center). The giveaways include: Red Rising by Pierce Brown; The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown; All I want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey, illustrated by Colleen Madden; and Llama Llama Gram & Grandpa by Anna Dewdney.

The promotion is part of the publisher’s social media promotion in which the publisher is donating a book to First Book for every tweet with the hashtag #GiveaBook, up to 35,000 times.

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20. NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Be Thankful That You Are Almost Done

November is coming to a close and hopefully so too is your NaNoWriMo novel. Today’s tip is: Be Thankful That You Are Almost Done.

With the Thanksgiving weekend upon us, hopefully you will have plenty of free time from your day job to put the finishing touches on your novel. Even if you are traveling to visit family and friends, be sure to set aside an hour or two a day to work on your novel (ideally before you’ve eaten too much turkey!).

This is our 18th NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.

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21. Captain America and Iron Man Battle it Out in the Civil War Trailer

Marvel Entertainment has unleashed the first trailer for the Captain America: Civil War.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the plot “was inspired by the seven-part storyline written by Mark Millar in 2006-07 which pitted heroes against heroes in a crossover event that had the entire world of characters choosing up sides behind either Captain America or Iron Man. That happens in this movie, too, with veteran characters Black Widow, Falcon, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and Scarlet Witch, among others, taking up arms against each other.”

The video embedded above features scenes with Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Scarlett Johansson reprising their roles as Captain America, Iron Man, and Black WidowThe Russo Brothers teamed up to serve as the directors for this movie. The theatrical release date has been set for May 06, 2016. (via ComicBook.com)

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22. Heroes and Villains Unite in a Trailer for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Series

The CW has unveiled a new trailer for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow series. The video embedded above offers glimpses of a group made up of heroes and villains from The Arrow and The Flash television shows.

Here’s more from The Wrap: “The newest trailer delves deep into the backstories of each of the team members and their adventures through time. Darvill’s character, Rip Hunter, gets particular focus as he’s the man who assembles the eight-member team in order to stop Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), a supervillain who takes over the whole planet unless they go back in time and stop him.”

The cast includes actors Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Franz Drameh as Jay Jackson, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein, and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance. The premiere episode is scheduled to air on Jan. 21, 2016. (via Tor.com)

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23. Cover Revealed for New Kate Elliott Book

Poisoned Blade Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Kate Elliott’s forthcoming book, Poisoned Blade. According to the NOVL blog, the story for this project will serve as a sequel for her 2015 young adult novel, Court of Fives.

We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has scheduled the publication date for Aug. 16, 2016.

To help fans cope with the wait, Elliott has written a companion novella entitled Night Flower. The publisher will release it as an eBook on Dec. 08, 2015.

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24. Random House to Publish 3 Translated Books by Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich (GalleyCat)Svetlana Alexievich, a Nobel Prize-winning writer from Belarus, has signed a deal with Random House.

According to The New York Times, the publisher will produce and release the English translations of three of her books. Each of these works features “oral histories compiled from extensive interviews.”

The Associated Press reports that Second-Hand Time will be released in Summer 2016. War’s Unwomanly Face and Last Witnesses will both follow in 2017. (Photo CreditMargarita Kabakova/Ersatz AB)

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25. Chris Riddell Illustrates a Neil Gaiman Poem

Gaiman Riddell Poetry (GalleyCat)Artist Chris Riddell has taken it upon himself to create illustrations for a Neil Gaiman poem called “Locks.” Follow this link to see a digital album with all 11 of Riddell’s artistic pieces.

According to Gaiman’s Facebook post, he wrote this poem for his daughter Maddy back when she was a toddler. It was later featured in his short fiction collection, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders.

Click here to listen to Gaiman perform a reading of this poem. In the past, the two have collaborated on several of the United Kingdom editions of Gaiman’s children’s books. Earlier this year, Riddell illustrated an “artist’s creed” that Gaiman wrote in honor of the terrorist attacks at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine.

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