Comedy Hitmaker Chuck Lorre and Author Neil Gaiman Join Forces in a Featured Session at SXSW 2013

Written by Sarah Garcia | January 24, 2013

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Worlds will collide when the creator of The Big Bang Theory meets the author of The Sandman at SXSW! Top TV comedy hitmaker Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly) will make his SXSW debut onstage with best-selling author Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Stardust, and the acclaimed comic book series The Sandman) during a convergent featured session at the SXSW 2013.

"Chuck Lorre: In Conversation with Neil Gaiman" will take place on Saturday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m. in Dell Hall of the Long Center and brings together two of the most accomplished writers in entertainment for a wide-ranging discussion about the creative process. This event (and all Long Center conference programming) is open to Interactive, Film, Music, Gold and Platinum.

Gaiman will interview Lorre about the challenges of keeping three of the most successful shows on television running and the stories behind Lorre’s original, opinionated and often controversial end-of-show “vanity cards” — a curated selection of which were recently published in his new book, What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Bitter. (Lorre is donating all of his proceeds from What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Bitter to his Dharma-Grace Foundation.) Interest in the book was so great that Simon & Schuster went back for an immediate reprint to keep up with demand.

One of the most accomplished television comedy writer / producers of the past 20 years, Chuck Lorre co-created / executive produces TV’s #1 entertainment series among Adults 18–49 and #1 comedy among Total Viewers in The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays 8/7c on CBS), co-created / executive produces the #2 comedy among Total Viewers in Two and a Half Men (Thursdays 8:30/7:30c on CBS) and also serves as executive producer of the hit sitcom Mike & Molly (Mondays 9:30/8:30c on CBS). Previously, Lorre created hits such as Dharma & Greg, Grace Under Fire and Cybill, and served as co-executive producer on Roseanne.

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Neil Gaiman is a bestselling author of award-winning novels for adults (like American Gods and Neverwhere) and novels for younger readers (like the Newbery Medal–winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, on which the Academy Award®–nominated film Coraline was based). He has written award-winning short stories. He wrote comics before it was cool to write comics, including Sandman (which the Los Angeles Times called “the greatest epic in the history of comic books”). He writes songs and poems, does radio broadcasts and even writes for TV, most recently winning the Hugo award for an episode of Doctor Who. He is not actually sure how many books he will have coming out in 2013, but he is intensely proud of his forthcoming novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane.