2013 Literary Pin-up Calendar: Neil Gaiman
Media is the message.
A year ago, my literary pin-up calendar was published by Pat Rothfuss’s wonderful charity Worldbuilders.
And when she returned from Down Under, she did.
But having a model before having a concept is unusual.
There were these photos to be taken into account:
No matter how much fun it would be to have her play any, or indeed all those characters, Media was simply too powerful not to get her way.
As anyone who understands the history of the Hays Code or has wrestled with the arbitrary restrictions of iambic pentameter knows – restrictions of form can lead to happy accidents.
Kyle and Amanda go way back, even before he worked on the felicitous Who Killed Amanda Palmer book, and their collaboration continues apace (See: Yesterday’s Doctoral Dissertation).
When we talked strategy I learned that he had already scheduled a photoshoot with Amanda in September. So if I could just get him a rough, he could shoot reference for me remotely.
Neil and Amanda and Kyle have kindly offered their time not just in the service of a nutty arty idea, but of a great charity. The calendar is currently available at Worldbuilders’s online store for preorder; all the profits go to Heifer International.
“Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth through the gift of animals. By giving families a hand-up, not just a handout, they empower them to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity, but their approach is more than that. By bringing communities together and linking them with markets in their area, Heifer helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty.”
* Sadly, Ray Bradbury did not live to see the finished calendar, but we are so honored that he agreed to be part of this project.
**Tom Lehrer famously noted forms still stranger: “postcards, neckties, samplers, stained-glass windows, tattoos, anything!”
Keywords: 2013 Literary Pin-up Calendar, Amanda Palmer, American Gods, Dismembrance, Elizabeth Bear, Gregorian Calendar, Hays Code, Heifer International, Kyle Cassidy, Media is the Message, Michael Swanwick, Neil Gaiman, Shadow, Tom Lehrer, We are the Media, Worldbuilders
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