No one makes genius sound easier than Neil Gaiman. "I make things up and write them down," is how he describes what he does, and it's the understatement of the century. From his comic book creation The Sandman to bestselling books like Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Gaiman creates gorgeous fantasies with a touch of darkness, allowing readers to escape ordinary life for a while. His worlds often look like the one we know, but lurking in the shadows, below the streets and just around each corner, you'll find all the magic and mystery that the real world typically lacks. He's one of the top fantasy writers around, and his popular and critically acclaimed works blend genres while mesmerizing audiences of all ages. At this live appearance at Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, he'll tell stories and read stories, answer questions and, in his own words, "amaze, befuddle and generally delight. It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman."