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The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996) - HC
"The Book of Ballads"
Tor Books (Tom Doherty Associates)


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  Penciller(s):
Charles Dana Vess

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Charles Dana Vess

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Charles Dana Vess

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Awards:
  • 2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Graphic Album: Reprint: (by Charles Vess, et al. (Tor))

Cover Date: November 2004
Cover Price: US $ 24.95

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Format: Black & White; Hardcover; 196 pages

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Ballads were little known to the literate world until the 18th century, when scholars began writing them down. Since then, they've received attention from folklorists, folksingers and, now, cartoonist Vess (Stardust; Rose). Vess and his collaborators put a little meat on the ballads' often bare-bones stories, adding fantastic elements not in the originals ("Barbara Allen"), giving them modern settings ("Twa Corbies"), sexing them up ("Savoy") and otherwise putting their own mark on them. Vess approaches them with an appropriately elegant style. His exquisitely detailed art delightfully recalls the Pre-Raphaelites here, Aubrey Beardsley there and elsewhere Winsor McCay or Gustave Doré. The best stories involve passion, whether celebrated ("King Henry" and "Savoy") or cautioned against ("The Demon Lover" and "The Three Lovers"), though even the least effective stories are still beautiful. "The Three Lovers" is especially noteworthy; in it, Vess makes clever, subversive use of comics language, presenting a story that pretends to be a play (complete with proscenium arch). "Tam Lin" may be the collection's consummate piece. In it, Vess goes for straight illustration, with each illustrated page facing a page of verse. Here Vess reaches the peak of his art, standing proudly with the 19th- and early 20th-century illustrators who influence him.
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The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996) #1
The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996) #2
The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996) #3
The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996) #4
Dark Horse Presents (1986) #75
Dark Horse Presents (1986) #78
The Forbidden Book (2001) OGN SC vol. 01

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The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996) HC
The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996) HC (Limited Edition)
The Book of Ballads and Sagas (1996) TPB

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ISBN: 0-7653-1214-X

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