Author Neil Gaiman's 'Make Good Art' Speech Still an Inspiration

The award-winning graphic novelist releases book based on his 2012 Commencement address, hosts Q&A and book signing for UArts community

Updated May 30, 2013

Award-wining graphic novelist Neil Gaiman, whose "make good art" speech to 2012 University of the Arts graduates became an international viral sensation, has just released a hardcover book based on that commencement address titled Make Good Art. The print edition of the inspirational speech was designed by renowned book designer Chip Kidd.

A cover story in the May 15 – 21 issue of Philadelphia Weekly called Gaiman's book "the year's most anticipated new college grad gift book" and HuffPost Books named it a summer must-read. He was also featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer and in an interview on NPR.

On May 14, the day of the book's release, the Sandman and Coraline author sat down with UArts President Sean Buffington for a Q&A session attended by more than 400 University community members, who were able to have their copies of Make Good Art signed by Gaiman. His wife, renowned artist Amanda Palmer, was also on hand and treated attendees to a lively ukulele performance before the book signing.

Called one of the best commencement speeches of 2012, Gaiman's first-ever university address urging the young artists to "make good art" went viral with thousands of tweets, was viewed in more than 140 countries, translated into numerous languages, interpreted in illustration and cartoon quotes, and was featured online in The Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Atlantic and on NPR's "On Point with Tom Ashbrook."

Gaiman also received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts at the University's 134th Commencement ceremony, held May 17, 2012, at the Academy of Music on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.

Photos: Jason Chen BFA '08 (Animation).

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