About this time last year, Neil Gaiman gave the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He spoke about his own journey to success as a writer, and offered his advice to the graduating class on how they too can go out into the world and continue to create art. Gaiman’s speech was so inspiring that the YouTube video went viral and has nearly half a million combined views (it’s been posted more than once).
Gaiman’s fantastic speech is now available in a keepsake edition, beautifully designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd. It’s gorgeous. When Make Good Art arrived on my desk a few weeks ago (seeing finished books before they’re on sale: one of the perks of the job!) I stopped everything and paged through it, cover to cover. Ah, now this is what it means to be a book: heavy paper stock, words on every page that ring true, a jacket design that insists on looking you full in the face (none of this spine-out nonsense). Clearly, Make Good Art was written to be read aloud, because I found myself reciting bits to myself as I turned the pages.
It’s natural to suggest Make Good Art as a gift for any graduate in your life. But this book would be just as apt a present for someone taking a new job, buying a new home, moving to a new town, or switching relationship status. Gaiman’s words are as encouraging as they are inspiring. After I read this book, I had the overwhelming feeling that everything was going to be alright.
I remember when my older cousin gave me Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree as a gift from high school graduation. More than 20 years later, I still have the copy that she inscribed for me. After I read Make Good Art, I could imagine myself inscribing copies of Gaiman’s book to the generations behind me, for years to come.
Experience Make Good Art yourself. Watch the video, or flip through a few of the pages. Here are the links to purchase from your favorite retailer, and like Neil Gaiman on Facebook to stay up-to-date with all his creative news.