The Book of Ballads

The Book of Ballads

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Illustrated and presented by one of the leading artists in modern fantasy, "The Book Of Ballads" gives us some of the great songs and folktales of the English, Irish, and Scottish traditions, re-imagined in sequential-art form, in collaboration with some of today's strongest fantasy writers. Here is "New York Times" bestselling author Neil Gaiman retelling "The False Knight on the Road"; popular mystery author Sharyn McCrumb re-imagining "Thomas the Rhymer"; acclaimed children's writer Jane Yolen with "King Henry" and "The Great Selchie of Sule Skerrie"; popular novelist Charles de Lint's contemporary re-working of "Twa Corbies"; comics superstar Jeff Smith with "The Galtee Farmer"; Emma Bull's version of "The Black Fox," and much, much more. A finalist for 2005's Eisner Award, "Ballad" is an event in the worlds of fantasy and graphic storytelling alike...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 172.7 x 251.5 x 15.2mm | 408.24g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • chiefly Illustrations
  • 0765312158
  • 9780765312150
  • 846,581

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"A cloth of rare delight." -- James Gurney, author of Dinotopia ."exquisitely detailed. Vess reaches the peak of his art, standing proudly with the 19th- and early 20th-century illustrators who influence him." ."exquisitely detailed. Vess reaches the peak of his art, standing proudly with the 19th- and early 20th-century illustrators who influence him." "A cloth of rare delight."
--James Gurney, author of Dinotopia "This artist is keeping myth alive, and creating a magic all his own."
--Terri Windling " A cloth of rare delight."
--James Gurney, author of "Dinotopia," on "The Book of Ballads"
" [Vess' s] exquisitely detailed art delightfully recalls the Pre-Raphaelites here, Aubrey Beardsley there and elsewhere Winsor McCay or Gustave Dore ... Here Vess reaches the peak of his art, standing proudly with the 19th- and early 20th-century illustrators who influence him."
--"Publishers Weekly "on" The Book of Ballads
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"If you're a fan of both traditional folk music and comic books, there's no way you should miss Charles Vess' "Book of Ballads,""
--Dirty Linen
"Vess's work is as slyly subversive as the young Rossetti, Morris, and Burne-Jones . . . and it has captivated large audiences for many of the same reasons. By wedding mythic and folkloric material to a distinctly modern form of visual storytelling, this artist is keeping myth alive, and creating a magic all his own."
--Terri Windling on" The Book of Ballads" "If you're a fan of both traditional folk music and comic books, there's no way you should miss [this]."
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About Charles Vess

As an illustrator and collaborator, Charles Vess has worked with Neil Gaiman on the World Fantasy Award-winning "Midsummer Night's Dream" issue of "Sandman"; with Charles de Lint on children's books and illustrated novels; and with Jeff Smith of "Bone" on the "Bone "prequel "Rose." Vess has won the World Fantasy Award twice. He is currently illustrating a special limited edition of George R. R. Martin's bestselling "A Storm of Swords. "He lives in rural Virginia.
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939 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
5 32% (302)
4 40% (372)
3 21% (201)
2 5% (48)
1 2% (16)
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