Well better get on it, because they’re making it into a TV show soon!
So pretty much, House Majority Leader Matt Dean paid Neil Gaiman $45,000 for a four-hour appearance at a Stillwater public library in May 2010. And now he’s saying Gaiman stole $45k from Minnesota. Okay…
“The main reason I got a speaking agency, ten years ago, was because too many requests for me to come and speak were coming in,” Gaiman continued. “And the speaking requests were, and are, a distraction from what I ought to be doing, which is writing. So rather than say no, we’ve always priced me high. Not Tony Blair high, or Sarah Palin high (last time I read about them, they’re about $400,000 and $150,000 respectively). But I’m at the top end of what it costs to bring an author who should be home writing and does not really want a second career as a public speaker to your event. So if you want to pay me to come in and talk, it’s expensive.” - Neil Gaiman
Bottom line is that if this state could not afford Neil Gaiman, then why hire him? $45,000 for four hours? That guy should not be in office.