An animated Neil Gaiman to guest star on <i>Arthur</i>

Neil Gaiman's book tour will swing through Elwood City on Oct. 25 as the award-winning comics writer and novelist gets animated for an episode of the educational television series Arthur.

Produced by WGBH Boston and the Cookie Jar Group, the cartoon adaptation of Marc Brown's children's books centers on Arthur Read, an 8-year-old anthropomorphic aardvark, and his friends and family.

Gaiman will appear in an episode called "Falafelosophy," in which he inspires one of Arthur's friends who's trying to make a graphic novel. According to Wired.com's GeekDad, it's paired with related story, "Tales of the Grotesquely Grim Bunny," about changes on the shelves at the Elwood City comic store.

Arthur kicks off its 14th season on Oct. 1.

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