Got “Neil Gaiman’s A Short Film About John Bolton” from Netflix. Didn’t know what to expect, only that I typed in gaiman for the heck of it and it popped up.
Turns out to be a 15 minute film on the artist John Bolton, who does naked female vampires (along with other works, including Gaiman’s “Harlequin Valentine”) and is a creepy little bastard. Only he’s not, as you come to realize through the film and the “making of” video. It’s cute, and even though the ending is telegraphed from a mile away it’s still fun to watch.
What makes the DVD worth buying, though, is the extras, which include “Neil Gaiman: Live at the Aladdin,” This is the video of the last stop of his last tour for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and it’s great. He reads several stories and poems, answers questions, and generally holds the room’s rapt attention for an hour or so. If you like his story “Chivalry,” you’ll love hearing him read it. Also very stirring to hear him talk about censorship and witch hunts towards comics.
After I watched it I came downstairs and renewed my CBLDF membership…