The Art of Magic Making: Charles Vess, Legend of Fantasy and Comic Art
7 p.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013
Grace Street Theater
934 W. Grace St.
Richmond, VA 23284
Charles Vess, recipient of Eisner and World Fantasy Awards and many other accolades, also a VCU alumnus (B.F.A. 1974), will discuss his newest book project, “The Cats of Tanglewood Forest,” and his career of visual magic making. Following the event will be a book sale and signing. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Seating will be limited, and registration is required. Parking will be available for a fee in the West Broad Street and West Main Street parking decks. If special accommodations will be needed, or to register offline, please call (804) 828-0593 prior to April 15. This event is sponsored by the James Branch Cabell Library Associates and the VCU Friends of the Library.
About the Author
Charles Vess began his career as a freelance illustrator, producing art for such publications as Heavy Metal and National Lampoon. He gained notoriety in the late ’80s and early ’90s as an artist for comic books, chiefly through his celebrated collaborations with Neil Gaiman. “Sandman” and “The Books of Magic” (DC Comics) are among their most beloved works. Issue number 19 of “Sandman,” titled “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” won the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and is the only single issue of a comic book ever to win this prestigious prize. Vess and Gaiman have continued to collaborate on projects such as the bestselling novel “Stardust,” which was also made into a popular movie starring Robert De Niro, Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer. Recently, Vess has focused on book illustrations and has collaborated with writer Charles De Lint on several highly successful novels and collections of stories, including “A Circle of Cats” (Viking, 2003), “Moonheart” (Subterranean Press, 2004) and “The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest” (Viking, 2001). “The Cats of Tanglewood Forest” (Little Brown, 2013) is their latest work. A retrospective of Vess’s art is featured in the book “Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess” (Dark Horse Press, 2011). His studio, Green Man Press, is located in Abingdon, VA.