Art Matters by Neil Gaiman

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, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters will explore how reading, imagining...

Details Art Matters

TitleArt Matters
Release DateSep 6th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Art, Language, Writing, Essays, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels

Reviews Art Matters

  • 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 ...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    "Make good art. I’m serious." 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 View From the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction. The essays are as foll...
  • 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...
  • Ellie
    I needed this. Also Chris Riddell could stab me with a pencil and I'd thank him.
  • Seemita
    When I walk down a street I take often, I don’t need telling where the hump is or where the manhole splays. But even so, on days the street light doesn’t work, I feel a pinch; as if the little streak of light was a guide and despite being on a street I was well acquainted with, I need occasional help, a spurt of inspiration, a wise prelude.‘Art Matters’ is that little streak of light.Gaiman has long been an author who unspools the complex...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have created a manifesto for readers, librarians and content creators. This little book celebrates everything having to do with reading, freedom of information and ideas, and how to start creating the life of your dreams, even if you don't know where to start."The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."I feel like this should be required reading — especially the parts ...
  • Veronique
    "Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose Art. It matters.”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 fro...
  • Trish
    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.(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, ...
  • Robin Bonne
    A reprint of an essay that I believe I previously read in The View from the Cheap Seats.
  • Ashley
    Come ON people !Star Rating: 1,000,000 (5) STARS! ART MATTERS Because Your Imagination Can Change The World “I suggest that reading fiction, reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do.” I want to shout my love for and the the importance of this book from the rooftops. This book is everything .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.P...
  • Asha Seth
    Gaiman says, "Make Good Art. I'm serious."I say, "Read more Gaiman. I'm serious."..This is a cute little book with Neil Gaiman's advice on reading, writing, following your dreams, importance of libraries and librarians, why kids should read, and respecting art, and the illustrator's endeavor into transforming those pieces into sketches.I thought of doing a picture review so readers get a hint of what to expect from this tiny little enchanter of a...
  • Aoife
    A very quick read (I just read this in work, don't tell anyone) featuring some of Neil Gaiman's wisest words paired with Chris Riddell's fantastic illustrations. Neil's advice basically boils down to 'do the thing that only you can do, and do it well' and it's a wonderful read. Buy one for everyone you know.(He also loves libraries and librarians, and they're cousins to bookstores. So I feel like he loves us too.)I don't know that it's an issue f...
  • Steve
    An upbeat call to arms - for libraries and reading (and empathy) and writing and experimenting and trying (and failing) and going your own way and not being bound by others' rules and expectations.... All assembled in a nice (slender) little volume of previously published Gaiman-wisdom, neatly packaged, and nicely illustrated. If you've read The View From the Cheap Seats, you won't find much new in here, other than some creative and accessible an...
  • Neil R. Coulter
    I've still not really enjoyed anything by Neil Gaiman, and I still feel bad about that, because everyone who's anything like me regards Gaiman as one of the literary greats of our time, maybe even of all time. I feel like someday I'll connect with something by Gaiman; I really want to, but so far, I haven't.Anyway, reading Art Matters felt to me a little bit like reading a long greeting card from Gaiman. What it says is generally true, but pithy ...
  • Julie
    I chose to read a long with the printed book, while listening to the audiobook version and found that the audiobook is expanded, especially in the section titled, "Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming." So, I recommend you listen to the audio version to hear in full all that Gaiman has to say and the printed book to also appreciate Riddell's illustrations.My favorite quotes:"Libraries are places to go to find information."...
  • Vivek Tejuja
    It has been established the world over (if not, then it should be) that Neil Gaiman is one of the most prolific writers that we have, and we must never forget that. In fact, we must cherish what we have every single day and celebrate him by reading more of him, but obviously, day after day. Art Matters is a collection of his short essays (all previously published individually and collectively in The View from the Cheap Seats) about art, reading, ...
  • Lauren
    Gaiman and Riddell can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a perfect team. A sweet, inspirational set of short essays, illustrated by Riddell. Loved it.
  • Rod Brown
    One of those little overpriced gift books (thank goodness for the library!) that takes about 15 minutes to read. Chris Riddell provides lots of nice spot illustrations for quotes and excerpts from Neil Gaiman about the value of books, reading, libraries, librarians, creativity, and freedom of speech. These are all sentiments I can get behind.
  • Amber
    “A Library is a place of safety, a haven from the world. It’s a place with librarians in it. We need to teach our children to read and to enjoy reading. We need libraries. We need books. We need literate citizens.”Seriously makes me feel blessed to work at a library. Such beautiful words. I was obviously biased to this section of the book. But I thought that all in all there was some very insightful tidbits in here that were complemented be...
  • Angela Magic Art
    Really really good! Its Neil Gaiman inspirational art and creativity short essays. How could I not like it!? Also with Chris Riddell's amazing drawings! I didn't give this 5 stars the first time around was because I didn't realize that I have read most of these already. Make Good Art, I have read and listened to many times, and Building A Chair I have also read before, and some of the Library Essays. The only part that was new to me was the Freed...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    This is a small but powerful little book that offers some great inspiration. One of my resolutions for the new year is to push myself more on creative projects. I just often feel that my vision far exceeds my skills. This book teaches, however, not to make those assumptions, that not knowing often leads to the best results.
  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
    A perfect combination of inspiring words for creatives and beautiful illustrations by Chris Riddell.
  • Maria
    “Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do… MAKE GOOD ART.”There is no doubt in my mind that “Art Matters” is the book equivalent of a rainbow. Not only is it visually beautiful, something we can thank the talented Chris Riddell for, but also marvellously hopeful, and that ...
  • Sangeetha Ramachandran
    "We have an obligation to read for pleasure. If others see us reading, we show that reading is a good thing. We have an obligation to support libraries, to protest closure of libraries. If you do not support libraries you are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future"This book arrived as a birthday present and what a wonderful book to receive as a birthday gift!! It look thirty minutes to read this little number and I savor...
  • Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
    “Fiction builds empathy. Fiction is something you build up from twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world, and people it and look out through other eyes. You're being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you're going to be slightly changed.”
  • Monean
    The art book was hands down outstanding!
  • Muneera
    Short but wonderfully insightful. Everyone should read this, if only to reinforce existing ideas on the importance of art. I especially love Gaimen’s arguement against the notion of “escapism”, that really there’s nothing wrong with it. He touches on why literacy is the answer to all our questions, why fiction is just as useful as nonfiction, why reading simply put can change our lives for the better. I loved it. I listened to the audiobo...
  • Karla
    "Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters"
  • Jacqui Castle
    "We have an obligation to read for pleasure. If others see us reading, we show that reading is a good thing. We have an obligation to support libraries, to protest the closure of libraries. If you do not support libraries you are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future." This little number arrived in my mailbox today, and I read it in about thirty minutes. Neil Gaiman has held onto his place as one of my favorite authors ...
  • Rachael Fryman
    Oh, Neil Gaiman, you are a delight!Six word summary: Inspiration, hope, and neat art work.Loved: Neil Gaiman's magical words.Recommend for: Anyone that needs inspiration or a little lift!Reminds me of: Make Good Art and Very Good Lives