Neil Gaiman has signed a five-book deal with HarperCollins Children's Books which includes a collaboration with artist Skottie Young.
Source: Publishers Weekly
According to Publishers Weekly:
Both picture books will feature a new character created by Gaiman, a little panda named Chu, that is known for having an outsized sneeze. The first book, Chu's Day, will be illustrated by Adam Rex; it is set for January 8, 2013.
The other three titles in the deal will include a middle-grade novel called Fortunately, the Milk, which will feature art by Skottie Young and which HC calls "an ode to the pleasure and wonders of storytelling itself." Gaiman will also write a sequel to the 2009 book Odd and the Frost Giants (also published by HC), which features characters from Norse mythology. The third novel in the deal will be a middle grade book, and is currently untitled.
In response to the news, a flamewar broke out almost immediately on Twatter, the British version of Twitter, between Gaiman, Young, and Dave McKean, the usual artist on Gaiman's children's books.
@DaveMcKean (McKean): @neilhimself What did you do that for?
@neilhimself (Gaiman): For being a bastard with no manners, and not a dook of an idea how to comport yourself public-wise, O my brother.
@DaveMcKean: I don't like you should do what you done, and I'm not your brother no more and wouldn't want to be.
@neilhimself: Watch that. Do watch that, O @DaveMcKean, if to continue to be on live thou dost wish.
@DaveMcKean: Yarbles! Great bolshy yarblockos to you. I'll meet you with chain or nozh or britva anytime, not having you aiming tolchocks at me reasonless. Well, it stands to reason I won't have it.
@neilhimself: A nozh scrap any time you say.
@DaveMcKain: Doobidoob. A bit tired, maybe. Best not to say more. Bedways is rightways now, so best we go homeways and get a bit of spatchka. Right, right?
@skottieyoung (Young): I have no idea what any of you are talking about.
The whole situation is unfortunate, and this reporter just hopes these gentlemen can settle their differences before someone ends up beaten to death with a giant penis sculpture.
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror