Art Matters

Art Matters

Combining Neil Gaiman's extraordinary words with Chris Riddell's deft and striking illustrations, Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art. Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poe...

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Title:Art Matters
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Art Matters Reviews

  • Ellie

    I needed this. Also Chris Riddell could stab me with a pencil and I'd thank him.

  • Lisa

    The answer is not 42 after all. The answer to life, the universe and everything is:

    MAKE GOOD ART.

    Which of course may well be what Douglas Adams did, hitchhiking his way through the universe in a bombastic show of creative power. So 42 and "MAKE GOOD ART" could be seen as synonyms.

    A mutated boa constrictor is harming you? Time for making good art.

    This collection of passionate essays by Neil Gaiman and outrageously funny drawings by Chris Riddell will be my "Annoy-Everyone-Until -They-Read-It"-tr

    The answer is not 42 after all. The answer to life, the universe and everything is:

    MAKE GOOD ART.

    Which of course may well be what Douglas Adams did, hitchhiking his way through the universe in a bombastic show of creative power. So 42 and "MAKE GOOD ART" could be seen as synonyms.

    A mutated boa constrictor is harming you? Time for making good art.

    This collection of passionate essays by Neil Gaiman and outrageously funny drawings by Chris Riddell will be my "Annoy-Everyone-Until -They-Read-It"-treat for this season. I knew it before I received my own copy, and I made sure to have a stack of five ready to spread the message quickly. I will most definitely read it with my classes, and two of my children already stole copies of their own from my shrinking stack.

    WHY does it matters so much to me?

    Because it is funny, to the point, gets a message (or two or three or four) across? Because it makes perfect use of my two favourite ways of communication: drawing and text? Because it reaches the heart without ever preaching? Because it sums up the issues we deal with every day in our era of digital addiction, and it makes a case for embracing the adventure of novelties without ditching the good old company of books - making a case for BOTHNESS, rather than WORLD BOOK DOOMSDAY? Because it contains a credo for freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of argument, while completely, unambiguously denouncing any violence? We may all ignore or argue against other people's stupidity, but we may never ever hurt or kill those who call us out on our own weirder thoughts. If all kept to the diversity without violence credo, the world would be an adventure that you could actually survive for a while.

    I LOVE this book to bits for its stance on libraries and librarians. And I am biased of course, spending most of my childhood in libraries in a variety of ever changing small towns, and then morphing into one of those strange powerful beings between the shelves and behind the desk myself. School librarians around the world should read this NOW. It is encouraging, heartwarming, and necessary.

    I love it because it offers a hilarious take on how not to write if you happen to have a box with a chair-yet-to-be-constructed at home, and how that strange set of skills can be turned into humour and art as well.

    I love it for the passage where Gaiman describes his time as a young man, trying to succeed in freelance. Chronologically challenged! The best joke ever. Read the book to find out. It would be worth it for that alone.

    Without further ado: ART MATTERS. READ IT! And then make a drawing or write a poem or a song about it. Spread the gospel and let others argue with you. Argue back. It is our right to think and express thoughts in art.

  • Ashley

    Come ON people !

    Star Rating: 1,000,000 (5) STARS!

    I want to shout my love for and the the importance of this book from the rooftops. This book is

    .

    Please if you do read this based upon on my review I’d really love to hear/ see your feedback. I’m just blown away.

    PLEASE if you love books read this. If you are an author RE

    Come ON people !

    Star Rating: 1,000,000 (5) STARS!

    I want to shout my love for and the the importance of this book from the rooftops. This book is

    .

    Please if you do read this based upon on my review I’d really love to hear/ see your feedback. I’m just blown away.

    PLEASE if you love books read this. If you are an author READ THIS. If you write or make art of any kind READ THIS. If you value physical books & their importance READ THIS. If you understand or just love libraries & know how special Librarians are... READ THIS.

    EVERYONE READ THIS BOOK. Neil Gaiman is just... he’s Neil Gaiman. He’s my favorite author. This book fits so much value & perfection into so many little pages. I’m serious,

    ; you will thank me later.

    Plus... come on the art of the amazing Chris Riddell??

  • Nat K

    Oh my goodness, I l💕ve this book! I read it on the work commute home and am SO impressed with it. One of those books that makes you believe that good things can happen.

    Imagine a world devoid of beauty. Without colour. No artworks to adorn walls or office desks. No words of wisdom to inspire or incite. Imagine a world without books!

    Art matters because it soothes the soul, keeps the blood pumping through our veins, makes us think. It connects us.

    Didn’t someone once say “The pen is mightier than th

    Oh my goodness, I l💕ve this book! I read it on the work commute home and am SO impressed with it. One of those books that makes you believe that good things can happen.

    Imagine a world devoid of beauty. Without colour. No artworks to adorn walls or office desks. No words of wisdom to inspire or incite. Imagine a world without books!

    Art matters because it soothes the soul, keeps the blood pumping through our veins, makes us think. It connects us.

    Didn’t someone once say “The pen is mightier than the sword.”?

    Wise words from Neil Gaiman wonderfully accompanied by fab illustrations from Chris Riddell. A match made in heaven!

    This book reminds us to not forget to dream. And to be creative. And to keep creating. Every day.

    I cannot gush enough about this one. This book made my head spin and had me grinning more widely than the Cheshire Cat.

    If you haven’t already read this, you simply

    add it to your TBR list. At the top. Do it now.

    Beautiful book Mr Gaiman and Mr Ridell. Bravo.

    ✩✩✩

    ✩✩✩

    PS: I also read it on the morning work commute & it’s just as inspiring. Love, love, love.

  • Robin Bonne

    A reprint of an essay that I believe I previously read in The View from the Cheap Seats.

  • verbava

    якщо взяти вже не раз публіковані хороші (і мотиваційні) тексти геймана про мистецтво й доповнити їх упізнаваними (і гарними) ілюстраціями кріса рідделла, вийде наперед знайома книжка, яку все-таки хочеться знов погортати. а потім ще. тим більше, що прогортати її всю можна хвилин за двадцять. корисна штука на випадок, якщо радість від того, що робиш, десь загубиться.

    утім, раз я вже про відчуття радості, від книжки складається враження, що двоє дуже талановитих і загалом класнючих чоловіків сиділ

    якщо взяти вже не раз публіковані хороші (і мотиваційні) тексти геймана про мистецтво й доповнити їх упізнаваними (і гарними) ілюстраціями кріса рідделла, вийде наперед знайома книжка, яку все-таки хочеться знов погортати. а потім ще. тим більше, що прогортати її всю можна хвилин за двадцять. корисна штука на випадок, якщо радість від того, що робиш, десь загубиться.

    утім, раз я вже про відчуття радості, від книжки складається враження, що двоє дуже талановитих і загалом класнючих чоловіків сиділи собі в кнайпі, з великим задоволенням черкали на серветочках, а потім це так і видали. що, звісно, не проблема саме в собі, але все-таки.

  • Bookdragon Sean

    This is a collection of four essays, each forceful and energetic, that directly address why it is so important to read and write and, more importantly, they impress upon you why children should be doing it too.

    This is not new material but has instead been published in various magazines and online publications, some of them even appeared in

    The essays are as followed:

    1. Credo

    2. Why Our Future Depends on Librari

    This is a collection of four essays, each forceful and energetic, that directly address why it is so important to read and write and, more importantly, they impress upon you why children should be doing it too.

    This is not new material but has instead been published in various magazines and online publications, some of them even appeared in

    The essays are as followed:

    1. Credo

    2. Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming

    3. Making a Chair (more of a poem really.)

    4. Make Good Art

    So you may have read these before, as I have; however, that being said, I’m not overly disappointed that there’s nothing new here beyond the illustrations. These pieces speak to each other and form a persuasive argument about the importance of art, regardless of the particular medium, and establish why it’s so important for society.

    We need people who understand the world and can empathise with situations different to our own, we need leaders and individuals who can look past their own personal experience and act accordingly. We need literate people. We need people who can imagine a better world than the one we have so they can work towards building it (or at the very least representing it.) All in all, the world needs more readers, writers and artists. And Gaiman establishes it so convincingly here (not that many people who would pick a book up like this need convincing.)

    I have so much respect for Gaiman and his work. As all writers do, he wrote stories to make money though he also did it because it was his passion. At the young age of fifteen he knew it was his calling and he worked towards his goals until he achieved success and fame (then he carried on writing some more!) Beyond that though, he has got so many children into reading with his work. Just look at his sales figures. Granted many of his readers are adults, but he has opened the literary doorways for many with his creative and intelligent writing.

    Because of the sheer volume of quality work he has produced, the variety of it and the innovative nature of his original ideas, I think he deserves the noble prize for literature. I’m almost certain that this year he will win it. He has been shortlisted, and from the four candidates chosen, it seems to be a two horse race between Gaiman and Murakami (

    .) Both are fantastic writers, though I think Gaiman has a slight edge because he can write in very different ways where Murakami has found his niche and dominates it.

    Could 2018 be Gaiman’s year? If I were a betting man, I’d put money down that it is. (What a victory that would be for the world of fantasy literature.)

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  • Trish

    (from the blurp)

    Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have teamed up a number of times before and make a great team. Both wholly embrace enthusiastic fans, fan art, any art, as well as charities. Therefore, they created this little book in which Chris Riddell illustrates speeches, poems, manifestos and comments by Neil Gaiman about the i

    (from the blurp)

    Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have teamed up a number of times before and make a great team. Both wholly embrace enthusiastic fans, fan art, any art, as well as charities. Therefore, they created this little book in which Chris Riddell illustrates speeches, poems, manifestos and comments by Neil Gaiman about the importance of libraries, literacy, being creative, books in the digital age and much more.

    Personally, I like to look at professional illustrations but also some fan art. There are many very talented people out there and they should be encouraged to do what makes them happy. We can't all become famous, most can't even live off their craft but that is never a reason not to try at least. Because as a reader and person who loves looking at art, it's never a waste of time and I do indeed feel more upbeat and positive about the world afterwards or even during the experience. And when you look at the history of now famous people, they all struggled and failed in the beginning but persevered.

    Ignore the nay-sayers and MAKE GOOD ART (the word "good", here, means meaningful if even only to you).

    Here are some of the pages with messages that especially resonated with me:

    P.S.: I LOVE the book = sharks statement by Douglas Adams!

  • Veronique

    To many, this tiny book is going to seem very expensive for what it is. I can understand that. On the other hand, I totally buy what Gaiman and Riddell proposed to do, defend the Arts and Freedom of Speech in this crazy world of ours!

    The book itself has a simplicity, both in words and drawing style, that can attract Everyone. In that light it reminded me of how Fairy Tales (the original ones from oral tradition) were aimed for everyone too, from

    To many, this tiny book is going to seem very expensive for what it is. I can understand that. On the other hand, I totally buy what Gaiman and Riddell proposed to do, defend the Arts and Freedom of Speech in this crazy world of ours!

    The book itself has a simplicity, both in words and drawing style, that can attract Everyone. In that light it reminded me of how Fairy Tales (the original ones from oral tradition) were aimed for everyone too, from young to old. Will it change people’s beliefs and perceptions? Not sure but I do hope so.

    Finally, I remember when Gaiman wrote an article in the newspapers defending our closing Libraries, their importance and role in our societies (present and future), as well as that of Fiction. Do read that too - parts were used in this book - and it is pretty enlightening (

    ).

    An extract (but I could really use the whole article!):

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