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    23 Reasons Neil Gaiman Is The Coolest Author Around

    The man's just pure awesome.

    Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods and The Sandman is a walking treasure of endless imagination, as well as just being unreally cool.

    1. He writes everything from darkly gothic graphic novels...

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    2. To reinterpretations of X-Men...


    3. From ominous and haunting novels...

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    4. To screenplays...

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    5. To children's books, too.


    6. He's even written for Doctor Who!

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    "The Doctor's Wife" being undoubtedly one of the best episodes of the show to date.

    7. He's starred prominently in an episode of The Simpsons.

    8. And he had absolutely no qualms with making fun of himself.

    9. He's also open about how cool and quirky he was as a child.

    "When I was a boy I used to climb down drainpipes, because boys in the books I read climbed down drainpipes."

    10. His quotes make some of the coolest tattoos.

    11. And he leaves some of the most thought provoking author's notes around.

    12. He's even great friends with equally amazing writer Terry Pratchett.

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    13. He's married to the immensely talented Amanda Palmer, of The Dresden Dolls.

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    14. And he's totally down with being silly in a ball pit.

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    15. And the two of them put on amazing live shows together.

    16. He takes part in Reddit AMAs...

    17. And is totally honest about his open marriage...

    18. As well as giving concrete advice about how to overcome writer's block.

    19. And he's an extreme defender of the need for libraries.

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    20. He has unquestionable style.

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    All black, baby!

    21. The most amazing commencement speech ever was given by him.

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    22. And, most importantly, he obviously has a knack with animals.

    23. But coolest of all, he never stops writing, and has a new book out now.

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