Reading his “Blueberry Girl”. I love the words, but also love Charles Vess’ artwork.
So on Christmas Day my brother’s housemate, Josh, mentioned that he knew Charles Vess. (I think I’d said something about Neil Gaiman — perhaps I suggested that my niece might like his books?). It seems that Josh grew up in Lynchburg, VA and his father and Charles Vess were friends. Josh remembers going to Vess’ house as a kid.
Of course Vess illustrated Gaiman’s Stardust.
So — Dona Patrick knows Josh Holland who knows Charles Vess who knows Neil Gaiman. That’s three degrees right? (come to think of it, I met Josh’s father once but that doesn’t up my degrees to Neil Gaiman.)
But being 2 degrees from Charles Vess is pretty cool as well.
I’ve mentioned Coraline before in this blog — I’m sure of it. That’s the book that got me hooked on Neil Gaiman? Anyway — Coraline is going to be released as a movie in February and a website (actually 2 websites but they seem to be identical) dedicated to it has been online for a while. It keeps on getting better and better. It began with a tease — and a puzzle. Now it has a lot more content.
And a workshop so you can get your own button eyes…
I’m looking forward to the movie. Gaiman saw it recently and said it was lovely and “really creepy”.