Neil Gaiman documentary in the works from Sequart

The Sequart Research & Literacy Organization, in conjunction with Respect! Films, has announced that author Neil Gaiman will be the next subject in its expanding line of comics-centric documentaries.

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman during an interview for ORF radio before a concert at the Arena in Vienna, Austria.  Photo:  Manfred Werner

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman during an interview for ORF radio before a concert at the Arena in Vienna, Austria. Photo: Manfred Werner

In the tradition of Sequart’s Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts documentaries, the Gaiman film will be an all-access look at the writer's media-spanning career, from his first foray into published writing on 2000AD all the way up to the current signing tour for his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

This unique profile will include footage from Neil’s performances with partner Amanda Palmer, lectures and readings from across the country, as well as extensive interviews with Neil and his fans, contemporaries, and closest collaborators.

The film will be directed by Patrick Meaney, produced by Jordan Rennert, and executive produced by Mike Phillips and Julian Darius. More details will be posted on throughout the summer, but for the time being, there's a teaser trailer here.

In addition to the Gaiman documentary, the organisation says completion is just a few months away on two other Sequart documentary projects. The Image Revolution, chronicling the founding and history of the world’s most successful independent comic book company, Image Comics, is extremely close to completion, and will be playing at festivals this autumn.

Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men is also nearly complete. The film reveals the behind-the-scenes story of Claremont’s landmark 17-year run on the title. It will be released this autumn.

Sequart's two previous films, Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, are both available on Special Edition DVD, each with over two hours of bonus material (or for download).

The Sequart Research & Literacy Organization is a non-profit devoted to the study and promotion of comic books as a legitimate art form. It publishes books and documentaries aimed at making comics scholarship accessible.

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