So what can an out-of-work “freelance” theologian learn from a graphic novelist? A lot!
You wont regret watching this 20 minute video in which Gaiman encourages us to…
- Be wise
- Make amazing mistakes
- Break rules
- Leave the world a more interesting place, and
- Make good art
Neil Gaiman’s graduate address at the University of the Arts Class of 2012 is truly inspirational. Honesly, I had never heard of Gaiman before today, so I turned to Wikipedia for brief introduction:
Neil Richard Gaiman born 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book seriesThe Sandman and novelsStardust, American Gods,Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including Hugo,Nebula, Bram Stoker,Newbery Medal, andCarnegie Medal in Literature. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work
In Gaiman’s words so much of my own life; hopes, fears and struggles, are reflected and I found his advice all-at-once comforting and encouraging and motivational.