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Neil Gaiman’s Christmas Card As A Macabre Pop-Up Book

And Now For Something Completely Different

Author Neil Gaiman wrote a short story for his Christmas card in 1989. Since then it’s become sort of a cult-classic story for, let’s say, the darker side of Christmas. Nicholas Was… is of course Gaiman’s usual fare and quite enjoyable for those with a black sense of humor. Vimeo user nomsa has set the tale to video using a very well put together pop-up book and some dramatic music. Nicholas Was… is now part of Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors collection but has been used by other creative people in the past too. You can see a collection of them and read more about the history of the notorious Christmas card here. Ho. Ho. Ho.

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Jill Pantozzi
Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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