Neil Gaiman Poem On Threadless T-Shirts – And You Can Draw The First Chapter

Neil Gaiman Poem On Threadless T-Shirts – And You Can Draw The First ChapterA poem from 2006 by Neil Gaiman,will appear on a series of Threadless T-shirts, four in total, coming out in July, to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Ben Templesmith, Brandon Graham and John Cassaday willdraw the final three… but the first is up for grabs.

The winner will receive;

– $750 cash
– $250 Threadless gift card
2012 CBLDF Protector Membership
– Signed and numbered Paul Pope Screened Print
– Print Featuring The Day the Saucers Came script, signed and sketched by author Neil Gaiman
– 4 CHEW comics signed by John Layman

Here's the poem in question, and how it will be split up.

The Day The Saucers Came by Neil Gaiman.

Shirt 1, Front:
That day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
And the people of Earth stood and stared as they descended,
Waiting, dry-mouthed to find what waited inside for us
And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
But you didn't notice it because

Back:
That day, the day the saucers came, by some coincidence,
Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
But you did not notice this because

Ben Templesmith Shirt, Front:
On the saucer day, which was the zombie day, it was
Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us
A ship built of dead-man's nails, a serpent, a wolf,
All bigger than the mind could hold, and the cameraman could
Not get far enough away, and then the Gods came out
But you did not see them coming because

Shirt, Back:
On the saucer-zombie-battling gods day, the floodgates broke
And each of us was engulfed by genies and sprites
Offering us wishes and wonders and eternities
And charm and cleverness and true brave hearts and pots of gold
While giants feefofummed across the land, and killer bees,
But you had no idea of any of this because

Brandon Graham Shirt, Front:
That day, the saucer day the zombie day
The Ragnarok and fairies day, the day the great winds came
And snows, and the cities turned to crystal, the day
All plants died, plastics dissolved, the day the
Computers turned, the screens telling us we would obey, the day

Shirt, Back:
Angels, drunk and muddled, stumbled from the bars,
And all the bells of London were sounded, the day
Animals spoke to us in Assyrian, the Yeti day,
The fluttering capes and arrival of the Time Machine day,

John Cassaday Shirt, Front:
You didn't notice any of this because
you were sitting in your room, not doing anything
not even reading, not really, just
looking at your telephone,

Shirt, Back:
wondering if I was going to call.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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