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A speech made by Neil Gaiman at a university that can act as inspiration for artists and freelancers of all kinds. If you don't smile, laugh, and (weirdly) feel HUGGED, when you watch this, then you're not human.

>->->->->->- vimeo.com/42372767 -<-<-<-<-<-<-< Here he is.

I know there are videos on youtube under the same title that load faster- however I can't guarantee they've been uploaded by the rights holders, which would mean I could get banned if I linked to them for having aided internet piracy. LOLFUN. Do your own dirty work!

Neil Gaiman- Now this is one of the few authors I've researched and know everything about. Neil Gaiman is author of Sandman, Coraline, and a Doctor Who Episode, as well as a pleothera of other interesting things. He's even collaborated with Terry Pratchett, and been a valued informant of Alan Moore, both people whom I idolise. HOWEVER--- I'm too young to have ever read Sandman, I'm too old to have watched Coraline, and I'm just the right peripheral demographic to have watched and not liked the Doctor Who episode.

The thing is, though, even though my one experience of him is, 'What did you do to the TARDIS!?' I still KNOW Neil Gaiman's an awesome guy. I always have; it's that sort of inperceptable Chuck Norris awareness that he's awesome- even if you haven't witnessed it. And now I have witnessed it; in his words and in his speech. You've got to watch it, it's so inspiring! I am similtaniously struck by the urge to strive harder at my own ambitions----- and to slack off and go and start reading some of the stuff he's written. 8|

But what pleases me and most makes me feel that Mr Gaiman belongs in my Hall-Of-Idolisation is as thus:
He's British--- I'm British!
Our list of ambitions is practically identical, right down to the DW episode, though mine will be set on the floor of the pacific ocean in an oceanic rift where the sharks are *blathers on*
He has the same nervous disposition about success as I do. Even writing this journal to a few thousand readers means I need wear my tinfoil hat.
He recieved no higher education- and no formal education in his field of expertise. Bringing hope to many of us.
He writes about subjects I love. I love science fiction and comics and warped mythology.
He has curly hair. I have curly hair. *fist pump* WE SHALL TAKE THIS WORLD AS OUR OWN!


See how good that speech is? Kay now stop reading my journal and go listen to it! *jets off to do stuff, powered by NeilGaiman(tm) Inspiration Juice*
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Hotaru-No-Mayowasu Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I also like neil gaiman and I have to say, you should look up the sandman comics. They really are great.
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TonyDennison Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Thank you for posting this, I needed to hear that today, I've been feeling a bit disillusioned lately.
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Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
You're the first person I've come across who didn't like "The Doctor's Wife". I didn't adore it, but I thought it was entertaining.

I need to see this though, me thinks. Thanks for the link. :)
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Kurotaka-Naoko Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Neil Gaiman is actually my favorite author. He has been for a long time now. :heart: You should give his short stories a try, they're all golden! :'] He has a few books of short stories. My favorite is either Fragile Things or Smoke and Mirrors.
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raininess Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I laughed, I cried - man, that guy is amazing.
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Awkwardly-Social Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
HAHA its the most amazing and inspirational and awesome speech ever isnt it!
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darkkairi Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student General Artist
To relate to the comment below this one, when I lived in England I had a British guy tell me that the reason they come up with all kinds of magical stuff over there is because they're bored and come up with fantasy worlds to amuse themselves. :P He was joking of course but made me laugh all the same.
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VixenTFox Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
He seems like such a likable fellow. British authors have always been best. Why? I believe that England is one of those few places left in the world where people are still in touch with the mystical and magical, even though the technological is taking over their world.
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nekoni Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Harry Potter isn't real! How many times do we have to tell you people? And I didn't just fly to the shops on a pegasus! Why would you even think such a thing? You've been watching Hetalia haven't you? For your information I'm not even drinking tea right now- I already had 4 cups today so I thought it a good idea to take some hot chocolate instead.

Boyo you're sweet. =3 I have to admit a lot of my favourite authors are British-- but I'm distinctly biased.
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VixenTFox Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Huh? I never said any of those things. I think you typed this to the wrong person.... but still your words amuse me.

Well, I'm American, and I still like the Brit's for their lit and their tea. Food's crap though... 'cept for the fish and chips.... and maybe some lamb with mint jelly.
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CrownClown17 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
He also wrote Stardust, which was made into a film. A few years ago he actually came to my school and talked to us, and I have 2 books autographed by him, one of them personalized for me! He is a great speaker though, isn't he?
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kdm13 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That was awesome. Thanks. It makes me feel like I need to go do something and at the same time that I need to go read Good Omens again. XD

Seriously, though, I kinda needed that. . . I also need to get caught up with Doctor Who. I haven't really seen anything past the first two episodes with Matt Smith. Not because I don't like him, but because I always missed episodes and I didn't... Well, want spoilers. :rofl: I don't even have to option to watch any of the stuff we have on DVD because I don't have access to those right now...
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nekoni Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I missed the little Olympic special they had on yesterday D= I was only in the other room FFFT.

Oh man, watch more as soon as you can- Matt's just... he just gets better! And the most recent seasons, with much of the writing by Stephen Moffat, are just brilliant. It's a winning combination.
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kdm13 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't even hear about that stuff until this morning. I'm not good at keeping up with stuff. ^^;

I don't know where I can go to watch it... I want to though.
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amandas-sketches Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I needed this. Thank you.

Stumbling on personal thoughts. Falling and looking for things. In his words: "being kicked by the universe...hard."
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nekoni Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*UBBBBERHUG*

Glad you watched it... and glad it helped.
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amandas-sketches Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Still numb though. Just reminded me on where I am.
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Faybos Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Epic speech! I must have been such a huge honor to have a graduation speech from him.

Dude really knows how to inspire people. I'm glad there are people like him still around.
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Louizu Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for sharing this. I never felt so encouraged in my whole life ! ( and yeah, I definitely felt "hugged" too... and it wuz AWESUUUMMMMM )
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Kaiju-Borru-Zetto Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could read "Sandman". I hear it's awesome. And I loved his Doctor Who episode. /o/;;;
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nekoni Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sure I could download it on my ipad- but I don't have an ipad, and I live in the wrong country, it would try to sell it to me at some exorbant network charge, or in the wrong language. Yey technology!

I didn't like the Doctor Who episode for two reasons- it was too fast paced (which didn't allow time to absorb the odd and interesting scenarios they went through) and the TARDIS' personality was... OOC so far as I'd pictured it... and just a little bit too...... grabby. Not that any of the concepts were off or bad, there were just too many for me.
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Kaiju-Borru-Zetto Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmmmmmmm, I see o w o

My problem with the episode was the same. There were apparently 20-30 minutes cut from it o A o I would die to see the full episode. > w >
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nekoni Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well that makes -so- much sense...
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Kaiju-Borru-Zetto Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. I found that out from watching a review by MrTardisReviews on youtube/blip /o/
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nekoni Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*curious*

*goes*

.............

*closes* this angry nerd-shirt guy stared out of my screen and breathed like he was gonna' punch something...
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Kaiju-Borru-Zetto Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O A O;;;
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nekoni Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I swear it's true! Load his homepage!
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Stingdragon Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Didn't he write Mirror Mask too? That movie is for a little older audience then Coraline even though Coraline is a great movie in every way.
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Kashilicious Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Neil Gaiman. My inspirational author of all time!
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thol1234 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
You have a tinfoil hat? Let us see it!
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nekoni Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
N..no... it doesn't stay on my head because my hair is too lively...

I just use it to keep snacks on... you know, instead of a plate.
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thol1234 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Understandable, plates aren't as easy to move around when you need more space as tinfoil hats are ^^

But I still want to see it! :O
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nekoni Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist

deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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thol1234 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Honestly not what I expected but still pretty nice d:
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nekoni Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
XP

It's tinfoil. Of course it's going to be 2D.
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KaguriaKitsune Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting useless fact. I work at a book store and he has made the top 10 best seller list for a month straight in 2010, in 2011 he was the best selling author of our company and even had many book signings that year, and he has the lowest return rate at our company in past 10 years. So enjoy.
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