Neil Gaiman to Create New Art Book with Illustrator Chris Riddell

Neil Gaiman is the beloved author of many of our favorite books, like American Gods and Good Omens. Now we’re getting a new book from this fantasy author, but it’s not a novel. He’s teaming up with illustrator Chris Riddell on an art book entitled Art Matters.

The book is said to be collection of speeches, poems, and creative manifestos that encourages readers to read, imagine, and create art in order to change the world.

“For years now, Chris Riddell has taken my words from speeches or poems or articles, and illustrated them, in order to communicate things to the world with deftness and charm,” said Gaiman tells The Bookseller. “I’m thrilled and delighted that Headline feel it’s time to bring them to a wider audience.”

“It is a particular joy to work with Neil Gaiman’s words,” Riddell added. “They are wise, witty and have the cadence of poetry and I hope, in this volume, I have done them justice.

This isn’t Gaiman and Riddell’s first collaboration. They worked on versions of The Graveyard Book , The Sleeper and the Spindle , and an illustrated edition of Neverwhere.

Here’s the official summary of the book from publisher Headline:

From the extraordinary mind of Neil Gaiman and the deft pen of Chris Riddell comes this stunning new collaboration. Combining Neil Gaiman’s extraordinary words with Chris Riddell’s deft and striking illustrations, Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art.

Neil Gaiman once said that ‘the world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before’. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. A creative call to arms, this timely illustrated collection of ideas, thoughts, feelings and artistic manifestos will be inspirational to young and old, and will encourage glorious, creative rebellion.

Art Matters will be available on September 6, 2018.