NPR: Neil Gaiman eulogizes Batman

July 16, 2009
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NPR - Talk Of The Nation Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader? is Neil Gaiman’s latest comics creation. Neal Conan of Talk Of The Nation has Gaiman as a guest on his latest show.

A new graphic novel from DC Comics is “part coda, love letter and summation of Batman’s raison d’etre,” says writer Neil Gaiman.

Gaiman’s take on the Batman mystique — Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? — was published in two parts as the final editions of the long-running Batman and Detective Comics series.

Now it’s a hardcover edition. The story takes readers inside a memorial service for Batman, looking back at the friends and enemies he touched. And since comic-book heroes never really die, it also offers a hint of what comes next for the Batman character.

The British-born Gaiman penned the Sandman series at DC Comics in the 1980s on his way to a multifaceted writing career. He has written novels for adults, fantasy tales (Stardust) and children’s books (Coraline). Gaiman talks with Neal Conan about the Batman project.

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