This was a signing that I just couldn miss. And apparently a lot of other people couldn't either. When I arrived at 10 am (for the noon event), people were already cued up down the sidewalk finding shelter beneath awnings from the rain.
Who: Nail Gaiman and Adam Rex
What: Release of Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Adam Rex.
When: Saturday, February 23, 2013.
Where: Books of Wonder, NYC
The staff at Books of Wonder had everything under control despite there being a huge crowd. They were all calm, organized and helpful and I give them a lot of credit for all the events they hold. Because I had pre-paid for some books over the phone, I was soon ushered to an express line where I picked up my books and received my number (72) - Not bad!
A surprise announcement was made that Neil and Adam were going to read their book and answer some questions. They stood on chairs or maybe stepladders so the audience could see them and the crowd let children go to the front. They read Chu's Day as if it were storytime, and Adam portrayed Chu doing a great job as the little fellow and holding back sneezes.
Neil and Adam answered some questions from the audience. He was everything I expected, funny, humble, sweet and charming. And not an ounce of pretention. Adam was also so considerate and charming and I'm looking foward to seeing more of his beautiful artwork. One point that Neil made was that he enjoyed writing all different types of books and thought it was silly that authors had to be pidgeonholed into one genre and use an alias for another genre.
|Standing room only.|
|Neil signs my book!!!|
|Adam signs Chu's Day. Neil made the initial inscription.|
Here are some videos I took. I edited them down into short clips and quotes. Enjoy!
Neil & Adam - Neil comments on Amazon critics.
Neil & Adam - Questionable question from audience.
Adam talks about collaborating with Neil.
Adam talks about collaborating with Neil (2)
Neil explains how Chu's Day came about.
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