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Charles Vess

Full Name: Charles Vess
Gender: Male
Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Born: 1951-06-10
Number of Works: 51
Charles was born in 1951 in Lynchburg, Virginia and has been drawing since he could hold a crayon. He drew his first full-length comic when he was 10 and called it "Atomic Man." Minimalist in nature, it required no drawing of hands, feet or heads ("they just glowed"). Since then, he has painstakingly drawn thousands of hands, feet, and heads in great detail. Charles graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and worked in commercial animation for Candy Apple Productions in Richmond, Va., before moving to New York City in 1976. It was there that he became a freelance illustrator, working for many publications including Heavy Metal, Klutz Press, and National Lampoon. His award-winning work has graced the pages of numerous comic book, publishers such as Marvel, DC, Darkhorse and Epic. He has been featured in several gallery and museum exhibitions across the nation, including the first major exhibition of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art (New Britain Museum of American Art, 1980) and "Dreamweavers" (William King Regional Arts Center, 1994-95). In 1991, Charles shared the prestigious World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story with Neil Gaiman for their collaboration on Sandman #19 (DC Comics) --- the first and only time a comic book has held this honor. In the summer of 1997, Charles won the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Penciler/Inker for his work on The Book of Ballads and Sagas (which he self-publishes through his own Green Man Press) as well as Sandman #75. Soon after Charles finished the last of 175 paintings for Stardust, a novel written by Neil Gaiman, for which he was given the 1999 World Fantasy Award as Best Artist.

In 2002 Charles won a second Will Eisner award, this time as Best Painter for his work on Rose, a 130-page epic fantasy saga written by Cartoon Books' Jeff Smith. The year continued to be busy for Charles with the publication of Seven Wild Sisters (Subterranean Press) and The Green Man, Tales from the Mythic Forest (Viking), both utilizing cover art and interior b/w illustrations by the artist, and both making the 2003 American Library Association's list for Best Books for Young Adults! By the end of the year he had completed 28 paintings for his first children's picture book, A Circle of Cats, done in collaboration with writer Charles de Lint (Viking). This cover art won the Gold Award for Best Book Art in the 10th annual "Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art" even before it was officially published. A new edition of Peter Pan (Tor/Starscape) featuringa cover as well as over 30 b/w interior illustrations by Vess was released this past Fall. Another collaboration with de Lint, Medicine Road (Subterranean Press) and the YA anthology,The Faery Reel (Viking ) will be arriving this Spring and he is currently hard at work producing drawings for several new books, including, A Storm of Swords (MeishaMerlin), the 25th anniversary edition of Moonheart (Subterranean Press) and a graphic novel collection of his ballads material for Tor.


ISBN: 0765312158, 9780765312150
Keywords: ballads, book
Pages: 192
Published: 1997
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 1593078137, 9781593078133
Keywords: vess, charles, art, drawing
Pages: 200
Published: 2009
  • Rating: 100%

Verdant fairy forests. Whispering mountains. The fallen towers of ancient kings. Spirit-filled lakes. The distant strains of elven bards. For over thirty years, the fantasy art of Charles Vess has been acclaimed worldwide; his rich palette, striking compositions, and lavish detail second to none in the field. Vess has been the illustrator of choice for countless publishers and writers, and is perhaps best known for his collaborations with best-selling author Neil Gaiman, including the illustrated novel Stardust, whose major-motion-picture adaptation from Paramount Pictures launched in summer 2
ISBN: 0871356929, 9780871356925
Keywords: earth, spirits, man, spider
Pages: 80
Published: 1990
  • Rating: 80%

What in the world is the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN doing in Scotland? Would you believe he’s there on a second honeymoon with his beautiful wife, May Jane, when he discovers the castle she inherited is haunted? Upon investigating the local night life, New York’s neurotic super hero nearly loses his life to a ghostly knight hell-bent on evicting the castle’s new owners permanently. Things don’t get any better when murderous members of Scotland’s bizarre branch of the Hellfire Club turn up to greet the web-slinger. This wild wondrous adventure is brilliantly brought to life by one of today
ISBN: 1893905691, 9781893905696
Keywords: vess, charles, volume, masters, modern
Pages: 120
Published: 2007
  • Rating: 80%

Whether with his book illustrations, paintings or comic book stories, Vess' work has enchanted readers for years. The winner of two World Fantasy Awards and two Eisner Awards, Charles Vess has proven himself to be one of the greatest fantasy artists of our time. Chris Irving and Eric Nolen-Weathington are proud to present an in-depth look into Vess' career and creative process in this latest volume of the Modern Masters series. This 120-page book features a career-spanning interview with tons of art, including many rare and unpublished pieces, a large gallery and an 8-page color section on thi
ISBN: 0915822253, 9780915822256
Keywords: elfland, horns
Pages: 64
Published: 1978
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 1878574256, 9781878574251
Keywords: night, book
Pages: Unknown
Published: 1992
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 8479049979, 9788479049973
Keywords: estrellas, lluvia, stardust
Pages: 48
Published: 1999

Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess y Susanna Clarke nos ofrecen dos nuevos relatos de Stardust, la exitosa miniserie de la Colección Vertigo. Además, disfruta de una espectacular galería de ilustraciones con las mejores firmas del cómic mundial como: William Stout, Mike Mignola, Terri Windling, Bryan Talbot, Jill Thompson, Paul Chadwick, P. Craig Russell, Mark Crilley, Elizabeth Johns, Michael Zulli, Robin Mullins, Lisa Snellings, Terry Moore, Tony DiTerlizzi, Linda Medley, Lorenzo Mattotti, Zander Cannon, Dave McKean, Jeff Smith, Trina Robins & Steve Leialoha, Gary Gianni, Janine Johnston, Sta
ISBN: 156389226X, 9781563892264
Keywords: country, dream, vol, sandman
Pages: 160
Published: 1991
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 1563892049, 9781563892042
Keywords: ones, kindly, vol, sandman
Pages: 352
Published: 1996
  • Rating: 100%

The Penultimate volume to the phenomenal Sandman series: distraught by the kidnapping and presumed death of her son, and believing Morpheus to be responsible, Lyta Hall calls the ancient wrath of the Furies down upon him. A former superheroine blames Morpheus for the death of her child and summons an ancient curse of vengeance against the Lord of Dream. The "kindly ones" enter his realm and force a sacrifice that will change the Dreaming forever.
ISBN: 1563892871, 9781563892875
Keywords: wake, sandman
Pages: 192
Published: 1997
  • Rating: 100%

When Neal Gaiman penned the seventy-fifth issue of The Sandman he made history in two ways. For the first time in comic book history, a profitable on-going series was being brought to a conclusion. More importantly the threads that he began to spin in the very first issue are now brought together and tied together in a loose bundle that wraps the whole package up nicely and yet leaves him the option to slip another present into the bundle at some later date.Sandman: The Wake is comprised of the last six issues of the regular Sandman comic book series. The first three cover the actual wake of M
ISBN: 1596912510, 9781596912519
Keywords: stories, adieu, grace, ladies
Pages: 235
Published: 2006
  • Rating: 80%

In this set of short stories, the author of the dazzling fantasy Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell returns readers to that novel's unique milieu, a vision of 19th-century Britain that combines urbane comedy with the uncanny atmosphere of classic fairy stories. Proper young women who might have stepped from the pages of Mansfield Park practice very un-Austenian magic, a fairy mobilizes a town to help him pursue an object of lust, and a king matches wits with a beggar. At once achingly familiar and completely fresh, Susanna Clarke's stories arrive like postcards from an enchanted kingdom.
ISBN: 1401210821, 9781401210823
Keywords: vol, sandman, absolute
Pages: 612
Published: 2006
  • Rating: 100%

THE SANDMAN, written by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN is also widely considered one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. By the time it concluded in 1996, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right. Now, DC Comics is proud to present this comics classic in a
ISBN: 1401210856, 9781401210854
Keywords: vol, sandman, absolute
Pages: 608
Published: 2008
  • Rating: 100%

One of the most popular and critically acclaimed book titles of all time, New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's masterpiece The Sandman set new standards for mature, lyrical fantasy and graphic narrative. Now, Vertigo and DC Comics are proud to present the last of four definitive Absolute Editions collecting this groundbreaking series in its entirety. The Absolute Sandman Volume Four reprints issues 57-75 of The Sandman and features an introduction by Karen Berger, editor of the original series and founder of the Vertigo imprint. This volume also includes a survey of exquisite me
ISBN: 0312868405, 9780312868406
Keywords: newford, tree, dream, tapping
Pages: 541
Published: 2003
  • Rating: 80%

<div>World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Onion GirlThe city of Newford could be any contemporary North American city...except that magic lurks in its music, in its art, in the shadows of its grittiest streets, where mythic beings walk disguised. And its people are like you and me, each looking for a bit of magic to shape their lives and transform their fate. Here are a bluesman hiding from the devil; a Buffalo Man at the edge of death; a murderous ghost looking for revenge; a wolf man on his first blind date; and many more. We're reunited with Jilly, Geordie, Sophie, the Crow Girls
ISBN: 0142404063, 9780142404065
Keywords: realm, twilight, tales, reel, faery
Pages: 528
Published: 2004
  • Rating: 80%

Faeries, or creatures like them, can be found in almost every culture the world over—benevolent and terrifying, charming and exasperating, shifting shape from country to country, story to story, and moment to moment. In The Faery Reel, acclaimed anthologists Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have asked some of today’s finest writers of fantastic fiction for short stories and poems that draw on the great wealth of world faery lore and classic faery literature. This companion to the World Fantasy Award–winner and Locus bestseller The Green Man is edgy, provocative, and thoroughly ma