Neil Gaiman has been asking his Twitter followers to help him create a new collection of stories spanning a whole year. And the writing process has just concluded.
However, Gaiman is asking for illustrations to accompany the tales.
The Blackberry Keep Moving Project centres on the prolific writer (who wrote 2011’s The Doctor’s Wife and this year’s upcoming episode, The Last Cyberman) creating a “Calendar of Tales,” twelve short stories based on each month of the year, as he asked questions to nearly 2 million followers and got inspiration. The initial video launching the project on 4th February was viewed nearly 18,000 times and got massive support on the social networking site, as Neil says:
Was just told that #JanTale was/is the top trending hashtag in the universe. I think #FebTale may already have it beaten.
December’s story has been the most talked about – but the project as a whole generated enough conversation on Twitter in two days as the Super Bowl did in one. Massively impressive, I think you’ll agree.
But how can artists get involved? The official Keep Moving Project site says:
You’ve inspired Neil. The twelve tales are written. But words are only half the story – now Neil wants your help bringing them to life. The next step is to illustrate them.
Watch the video to get some tips on what Neil is looking for. Read and download the stories, then let your imagination run riot.
Whether it’s a sketch, photo or doodle, using paint, ink or collage, upload your artwork for a chance to feature in the digital showcase and the printed, limited edition of A Calendar of Tales.
When Gaiman was asked on Twitter what type of art he’d like to see, he replied: