On the book trail with author Neil Gaiman:

“Gaiman owes a lot to his fans. Once shrugged off as merely goth kids who liked comics, they’re now as diverse as the characters in his stories.

“Gaiman spends a lot of time on Twitter forging relationships, albeit fleeting ones, with his nearly 1.9 million fans. He also regularly posts on his blog, answers questions on his Tumblr, and updates Facebook.

“‘I just tweeted at him,’ longtime fan Tania Richter says, showing off a photo from CONvergence of Gaiman’s poster with googly eyes pasted on. ‘I’m hoping this’ll get a retweet.’”