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    Charles Dana Vess
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Bio:
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.


Date of Birth: June 10, 1951
Birthplace: Lynchburg, Virginia

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Awards:
  • 1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Cover Artist: (for Books of Magic [DC/Vertigo])
  • 1996 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Cover Artist: (for Books of Magic [DC/Vertigo] and Ice Age on the World of Magic the Gathering [Armada/Acclaim])
  • 1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: (for exclusively his own work on The Book of Ballads and Sagas [Green Man Press] and Sandman #75 [DC/Vertigo])
  • 2001 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: (Rose #1 (Cartoon Books))
  • 2002 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: (Rose (Cartoon Books))




View a chronological listing of this creator's work

Writer:
A1 Bojeffries Terror Tome (2005)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996)
The Book of Night (1987)
Comic Book Profiles (1998)
Die Spinne (1980)
Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess (2009)
Eclipse (1981)
Epic (1983)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
The Forbidden Book (2001)
Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated (1998)
Gene Day's Black Zeppelin (1985)
Getting Into the Business of Comics (1994)
Heavy Metal (1977)
Hook (1991)
Hook (1992)
The Horns of Elfland (1979)
Marvel Comic Exklusiv (1987)
Prince Valiant (1994)
Prinz Eisenherz (1995)
Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth (1990)
Spider-Man: The Graphic Novels (2012)
Taboo (1988)
Trilogy Tour (1997)
Voyages (1983)

Penciller:
A1 (1989)
A1 Bojeffries Terror Tome (2005)
A1 Sketchbook (2004)
Aesop's Desecrated Morals (1993)
Amazing Heroes (1981)
Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special (1990)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
Angels & Visitations (1993)
The Annotated Sandman (2011)
The Art of Bone (2007)
The Art of Neil Gaiman (2014)
The Big Book of... (1994)
Blueberry Girl (2009)
The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996)
The Book of Night (1987)
Books of Magic (1990)
Born to be Wild (1991)
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (2013)
Cerebus (1977)
Charles Vess : from the 1970's to 1996 (1997)
The Chronicles of Kull (2009)
A Circle of Cats (2003)
Classics Desecrated (1995)
Comic Art Convention (1978)
Concrete Celebrates Earth Day (1990)
Convocations - A Magic: The Gathering Gallery (1996)
Dark Horse Presents (1986)
DC Comics Covergirls (2007)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
Dean Motter's Mister X: The Brides of Mister X and Other Stories (2011)
A Death Gallery (1994)
Die Bücher der Magie (1998)
Die Spinne (1980)
Die Spinne Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
Die Träume des Arzach (1993)
Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess (2009)
The Dreaming (1996)
Eclipse (1981)
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Lost Adventure (1995)
Epic (1983)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
Essential Vertigo: The Sandman (1996)
Fables (2002)
FantaCo's Chronicles Series (1981)
The Forbidden Book (2001)
Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated (1998)
Gene Day's Black Zeppelin (1985)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special (1987)
Heavy Metal (1977)
Hellblazer Special (1993)
Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men (1985)
The Horns of Elfland (1979)
Hot Shots: Spider-Man (1996)
Images of A Distant Soil (1997)
Instructions (2010)
Kull The Conqueror (1983)
Legends of Arzach (1992)
Little Nemo: Dream another Dream (2014)
Madman 20th Anniversary Monster! (2011)
Madman Picture Exhibition (2002)
The Marquis (2009)
Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Comic Exklusiv (1987)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
The Mighty Thor Saga (2011)
Mister X: The Definitive Collection (2004)
Modern Masters (2003)
Motor City Comic Con Program (1989)
Mythen und Sagen (1992)
Mythography (1996)
Negative Burn (1993)
Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust (1997)
The New Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Stories: From Crumb to Clowes (2004)
No Justice, No Piece! (1997)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Mystic Arcana - The Book of Marvel Magic (2007)
Prince Valiant (1994)
Prinz Eisenherz - Ein Handbuch für Kenner und Liebhaber (2010)
Promethea (1999)
The Quotable Sandman (2000)
Roarin' Rick's Rare Bit Fiends (1994)
The Rocketeer Adventure Magazine (1988)
Rose (2000)
Sabre (1982)
Sandman (1993)
Sandman (2002)
The Sandman Companion (1999)
The Sandman (1989)
The Sandman: A Gallery Of Dreams (1994)
The Sandman: King of Dreams (2003)
Snow, Glass, Apples (1994)
The Song of Mykal (2001)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth (1990)
Spider-Man: The Graphic Novels (2012)
SPX: Small Press Expo (1997)
Star*Reach Companion (2013)
Swamp Thing (1985)
Taboo (1988)
Thor (1966)
Thor Epic Collection (2013)
Thor: The Warriors Three (2010)
Thor: The Warriors Three - The Complete Collection (2013)
Trilogy Tour (1997)
Trilogy Tour II (1998)
The Tundra Sketchbook Series (1991)
The Vertigo Gallery: Dreams and Nightmares (1995)
Vertigo Visions: Artwork from the Cutting Edge of Comics (2000)
Visions of Arzach (1993)
Vital Vertigo (1998)
Voyages (1983)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre (1994)

Inker:
A1 (1989)
A1 Bojeffries Terror Tome (2005)
A1 Sketchbook (2004)
Aesop's Desecrated Morals (1993)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Annotated Sandman (2011)
The Art of Bone (2007)
The Big Book of... (1994)
Blueberry Girl (2009)
The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996)
The Book of Night (1987)
Books of Magic (1990)
Born to be Wild (1991)
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (2013)
Cerebus (1977)
Charles Vess : from the 1970's to 1996 (1997)
The Chronicles of Conan (2003)
The Chronicles of King Conan (2010)
The Chronicles of Kull (2009)
A Circle of Cats (2003)
Classics Desecrated (1995)
Conan Le Barbare (1972)
Conan the Barbarian (1970)
Conan the Destroyer (1985)
Concrete Celebrates Earth Day (1990)
Dark Horse Presents (1986)
Dean Motter's Mister X: The Brides of Mister X and Other Stories (2011)
A Death Gallery (1994)
Die Spinne (1980)
Die Spinne Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess (2009)
The Dreaming (1996)
Eclipse (1981)
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Lost Adventure (1995)
Epic (1983)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
Essential Vertigo: The Sandman (1996)
Fables (2002)
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (2006)
FantaCo's Chronicles Series (1981)
The Forbidden Book (2001)
Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated (1998)
Gene Day's Black Zeppelin (1985)
Heavy Metal (1977)
Hellblazer Special (1993)
Hook (1991)
Hook (1992)
The Horns of Elfland (1979)
Hot Shots: Spider-Man (1996)
Instructions (2010)
Kull The Conqueror (1983)
Little Nemo: Dream another Dream (2014)
Madman Picture Exhibition (2002)
Marvel Comic Exklusiv (1987)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
Marvel Super Special (1977)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
Modern Masters (2003)
Mythen und Sagen (1992)
Mythography (1996)
Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust (1997)
No Justice, No Piece! (1997)
Prince Valiant (1994)
Promethea (1999)
The Quotable Sandman (2000)
The Rocketeer Adventure Magazine (1988)
Rose (2000)
Sabre (1982)
Sandman (1993)
Sandman (2002)
The Sandman Companion (1999)
The Sandman (1989)
The Sandman: A Gallery Of Dreams (1994)
Snow, Glass, Apples (1994)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth (1990)
Spider-Man: The Graphic Novels (2012)
Starstruck (2009)
Starstruck Treasury Edition (2014)
Swamp Thing (1985)
Taboo (1988)
Thor (1966)
Thor Epic Collection (2013)
Thor: The Warriors Three (2010)
Thor: The Warriors Three - The Complete Collection (2013)
Trilogy Tour (1997)
Trilogy Tour II (1998)
The Vertigo Gallery: Dreams and Nightmares (1995)
Voyages (1983)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre (1994)

Colorist:
The Art of Bone (2007)
Blueberry Girl (2009)
Books of Magic (1990)
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (2013)
A Circle of Cats (2003)
Concrete Celebrates Earth Day (1990)
Die Bücher der Magie (1998)
Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess (2009)
Epic (1983)
Epic Illustrated (1980)
Fables (2002)
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (2006)
Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated (1998)
Heavy Metal (1977)
Hot Shots: Spider-Man (1996)
Instructions (2010)
Little Nemo: Dream another Dream (2014)
Marvel Comic Exklusiv (1987)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
Mythen und Sagen (1992)
Mythography (1996)
Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust (1997)
The Rocketeer Adventure Magazine (1988)
Rose (2000)
The Sandman: A Gallery Of Dreams (1994)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth (1990)
Spider-Man: The Graphic Novels (2012)
Trilogy Tour II (1998)
The Vertigo Gallery: Dreams and Nightmares (1995)

Letterer:

Cover Artist:
The Adventures of Browser and Sequoia (1999)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
Blood of Dracula (1987)
Blueberry Girl (2009)
The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996)
The Book of Night (1987)
The Books of Faerie: Molly's Story (1999)
Books of Magic (1990)
The Books of Magic (1994)
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (2013)
Charles Vess : from the 1970's to 1996 (1997)
Cheval Noir (1989)
A Circle of Cats (2003)
The Comics Journal (1977)
Conan the King (1984)
Daredevil (1964)
Dark Horse Presents (1986)
Die Bücher der Magie (1998)
Die Spinne (1980)
Die Spinne Comic-Album (1979)
Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess (2009)
Essential Web Of Spider-Man (2011)
The Forbidden Book (2001)
Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
Hook (1991)
Hook (1992)
The Horns of Elfland (1979)
Ice Age on the World of Magic: The Gathering (1995)
Instructions (2010)
L'étonnant Spider-Man (1969)
The Marquis: Danse Macabre (2000)
Marvel Comic Exklusiv (1987)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Graphic Novel (1982)
Marvel Super Heroes Role Playing Game (1984)
Modern Masters (2003)
Mythen und Sagen (1992)
Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' A Fall of Stardust (1999)
Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust (1997)
Nightmask (1986)
Outposts (1987)
The Pirates of Dark Water (1991)
Rose (2000)
Snow, Glass, Apples (1994)
The Spectre (1987)
The Spectre (1992)
Spider-Man and Zoids (1986)
Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth (1990)
Spider-Man: The Graphic Novels (2012)
Starchild : Crossroads (1995)
Swamp Thing (1985)
Tales from the Heart (1987)
Thor: The Warriors Three (2010)
The Transformers (1984)
Trilogy Tour (1997)
Trilogy Tour II (1998)
The Tundra Sketchbook Series (1991)
Vertigo Rave (1994)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)



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