Official Press Release
New York, NY - Neil Gaiman and Marvel Comics have reached an agreement to publish a new project by the New York Times best-selling author. In addition, Marvel will donate all profits from the project to Neil Gaiman's Marvels and Miracles, LLC. Gaiman created the Marvels and Miracles, LLC. to clarify the legal rights to the critically acclaimed Miracleman property.
This new project marks the first time in seven years that Marvel and Gaiman have worked together. Currently under development by Marvel's Editor in Chief Joe Quesada and Gaiman, the new project will most likely see publication in 2002.
"I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with Joe Quesada and Marvel," said Gaiman. "The Marvel characters have been part of my life for over thirty years, and the opportunity to play in the sandbox that Stan (Lee) and Jack (Kirby) gave us back then is one I find exciting and faintly scary."
"I am also particularly pleased that Marvel has agreed to donate all their profits from this project to the Marvels and Miracles enterprise, which I formed initially to help clarify the rights to the much-missed
Miracleman, so that ultimately old and new stories can again be put into the hands of MiracleMan's readers," Gaiman added. "Once those rights have become clear, I plan to dedicate all of the profits which any Miracleman publishing might generate, beyond those needed to make sure that the original creators are being properly paid, to comics-related charitable organizations.
"What can be said about Neil that hasn't been said before?" asked Quesada. "Readers of novels and comic books world-wide are well acquainted with the fact that when Neil is involved with a project it becomes something more than brilliant... it becomes magical!"
"With strong television and movie credits and a bona-fide best-selling novel, Neil is in a position to pick and choose his projects in virtually any media," stated Marvel President and COO Bill Jemas. "So it is wonderful that he continues to work with comics and great for Marvel fans that he will be working with us. We were enormously pleased that Neil was receptive to doing a project with Marvel when we first approached him. And given Neil's dedication to our industry, when Ken Levin, who's handling the Marvels and Miracles enterprise for Neil, asked Marvel for an assist with that effort, we were very happy to help."
Neil Gaiman is a critically praised writer, who recently authored the New York Times' bestseller, American Gods. Neil Gaiman is acclaimed as the award-winning creator/writer of DC Comics' Sandman series, called by Norman Mailer "a comic strip for intellectuals, and I say it's about time." With Terry Pratchett he co-wrote the international bestseller Good Omens, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Terry Gilliam. His six-part TV series for the BBC, Neverwhere, was broadcast in 1996, and in 1998 he wrote the English-language script for Miyazaki's record-breaking Japanese film Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke), which was released by Miramax in 1999. His first book for children, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, illustrated by his long-time artistic collaborator Dave McKean, was listed by Newsweek as one of the best Children's Books of 1997. He has won numerous international awards and is beloved by readers world-wide.
With a library of over 4,700 proprietary characters, Marvel Enterprises, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused in five divisions: entertainment (Marvel Studios), licensing, toys (Toy Biz), comic book publishing and Internet/New Media. Marvel facilitates the creation of entertainment projects, including feature films, television, home video and the Internet, based on its characters and also licenses its characters for use in a wide range of consumer products and services including video and computer games, apparel, collectibles, snack foods and promotions. Marvel's characters and plot lines are created by its comic book division which continues to maintain a leadership position in the U.S. and worldwide while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. For additional information visit the Marvel Web site at http://www.marvel.com.