Festival of The Imagination 1996 – Neil Gaiman, Robin Pen

Page 5 of the SwanCon/Festival of the Imagination 1996 January 1996 Newsletter has brief (one paragraph) bios on guests Neil Gaiman and Robin Pen. There is also a selected bibliography for Neil Gaiman, which has been omitted on the principle that if you want to know, you know how to google. The page finishes with a quote from Robin in large type face.

Neil Gaiman

Expatriate Britisher and winner of the World Fantasy Award, Neil Gaiman is probably most widely known as the writer of the Sandman comic saga. He is also the author of numerous comics and graphic novels, often working with acclaimed artist Dave McKean. An occasional writer of short fiction (some of which was recently published in a collection), he collaborated with Terry Pratchett on a highly successful humorous fantasy novel and co-created and edited a namuber of shared-world anthologies including Temps and Weerde. Gaiman also collaborated with Kim Newman on a compilation of high-lights of the low-lights of science fiction and horror writing in literature and fim; he is a popular interview subject, has received many awards and happens to are an authority on Douglas Adams’ Hitch-Hiker series of plays and novels.

Robin Pen

Writer, columnist, film maker, artist, publisher, editor, critic, interviewer and raconteur, Robin Pen has worked in three SF bookstores – managing two of them – two comic shops, and a computer games store, and has been active in conventions since Swancon 14 in 1989. In 1990, he helped found and edit Eidolon – The Australian Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and began his film column, “Critical Embuggerance”, for which he won a Ditmar Award in 1993. He has also programmed film events for the Lumiere Cinema, including two Sci Fi Blockbusters and the week long Festival Fantastique in 1994. Today, along with his contributing editorship with Eidolon, he is also an associate editor for PC Games Plus.

“Godzilla is the sensei in the dojo of Cinema Ephemera.”
Robin Pen

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