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Neil Gaiman’s Valentine’s Day Present to His Wife: A Flash Mob

The St Valentine’s Day Pashmob from Zoe Shacklock on Vimeo.

If there was an international body of neutral judges who gave out “cutest nerd-famous couple awards” it would take a very very cute couple indeed to give writer Neil Gaiman and performer Amanda Palmer a run for their money. This year, the recently married couple’s very different professions mean they are spending a long stretch apart; more than three months, and knowing that Valentines Day would fall just short of the middle of that stretch, Gaiman secretly organized a flash mob of his Melbournian Tumblr fans to show up at the bar she’d be at post-concert and give her kisses from him.

The project was dubbed Pashmob, after the Australian slang for kissing with tongue (although that wasn’t specifically a requirement), pash. Says Gaiman, who watched the whole thing from a live video feed. As for how it went:

She played her gig, then went to the pub beer garden, people went over and kissed her and told her it was from me… whereupon she burst into tears. And she cried. And other people came over and she got a lot of hugs and pecks on the cheeks, but did not get pashed once, because it really obviously wasn’t the right thing to do when someone is crying, or trying not to cry…

Gaiman admitted it was probably the kind of Valentines gift you could only pull off once.


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  • Anonymous

    Aw, this is great. I know several comic book and Gaiman fans that seem to loathe Amanda Palmer but I really admire their very adorable, very modern and very adult romance. Good for them!

  • Anonymous

     Eh? Can’t say I’ve ever encountered that opinion myself, the nerdy people I know love her… maybe your friends are just jealous? (Personally, I’m a bit jealous of both of them.)

  • Anonymous

    where do i sign up to find out where amanda palmer drinks, cause I NEED to be on that list.

  • Adam Whitley

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again those two being together is just too much awesome for this world.

  • nmlop

    I have encountered it… I don’t loathe her myself (and I do enjoy her music when I’m in the mood) but a lot of it, as far as I’ve seen, has to do with her outspoken politics, and the persona she uses to present them. Sometimes she is awesome at this – her “rebellyon” was really well-received by fans and feminists But she also does some things that some feminists (myself included) think are not furthering feminist goals, like the images at the bottom of this post (NSFW) Others just find her persona off-putting. There is a good post about anti-Amanda-Palmer feelings / ambivalence on Tiger Beatdown –

  • Produce Stand The only thing I don’t like about mr. gaiman is his wife

  • Anonymous

    I dislike Amanda Palmer due to my personal dealings with her for the past 10 years. She has always been one of the most unfriendly people I’ve ever met, even before she was famous and was just a busker in Harvard Square, and as nmlop mentioned, she is just rather offputting. I think the concept behind Evelyn Evelyn is really fucked up and thoughtless. The Tiger Beat down is a better summation of my general bleh about her. 

  • Anonymous

     While I don’t entirely agree with the sentiment, thanks for posting that link – it was an entertaining read. :)

  • Susi Matthews

    If we were all judged by our past behavior, I don’t think any of us would have universally good press.  While her music isn’t to my tastes, I find Neil and Amanda’s love and their happiness to be one of the bright spots in this world.  I think this is very nifty and I wish them both the very best.

  • Ping Ronquillo

    It’s just like this flashmob video I saw on Facebook on Valentine’s Day. Kinda awesome.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    Man, a flash mob of people hugging or attempting to kiss me would be my worst nightmare.