During the course of almost twenty years as a writer, Neil Gaiman has been one of the top writers in modern comics, and is now a best-selling novelist.
He was the creator/writer of monthly cult DC Comics horror-weird series, Sandman, which won Neil the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for best writer (1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994), best continuing series (1991, 1992 and 1993), best graphic album-- reprint (1991), and the Best Graphic Album -- New (1993); the Harvey Award for best writer (1990, 1991) and best continuing series (1992); and Sandman #19 took the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story (making it the first comic ever to be awarded a literary award). He has won many other awards including the 1993 Diamond Distributors 'Gem' award, voted on by comics retailers internationally, for expanding the marketplace of people who read comics.
Gaiman's three-part series Death: The High Cost of Living was released by DC in February 1993, and was the single best-selling title for 'mature readers' ever, with the first issue alone selling over 300,000 copies. The three parts of the story were collected in late 1993 to widespread acclaim. Warner Brothers has optioned Death: The High Cost of Living as a movie, and contracted Gaiman to write the screenplay.
Death: The Time of Your Life, released in March 1997 in hardcover, won the GLAAD award for Best Comic of 1996.
Gaiman's work has appeared in translation in Italy, Spain, Holland, Germany, France, Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Poland, Bulgaria, Greece, Finland, Japan, Hungary and lots other countries he can't think of off-hand. His journalism has appeared in Time Out, The Sunday Times, Punch, The Observer Colour Supplement, and many other places. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers.
Neil Gaiman is forty years old and tends to need a haircut.