The Book of Ballads

The Book of Ballads

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by Charles Vess, Sharyn McCrumb, Jane Yolen, Neil Gaiman
     
 

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Illustrated and presented by one of the leading artists in modern fantasy, here are 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 are New York Times bestseller Neil Gaiman with "The False Knight on the Road"; popular

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Illustrated and presented by one of the leading artists in modern fantasy, here are 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 are New York Times bestseller Neil Gaiman with "The False Knight on the Road"; popular mystery author Sharyn McCrumb's version of "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 reworking of "Twa Corbies"; Bone creator Jeff Smith with "The Galtee Farmer"; Emma Bull's version of "The Black Fox," and much, much more.

Introduced by award-winning editor and writer Terri Windling, and finished with full lyrics and discographies of the classic versions of these songs and tales, The Book of Ballads is an event in the worlds of fantasy and graphic storytelling alike.

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Two-time World Fantasy Award-winning artist Charles Vess and an all-star cast of contemporary fantasists join forces in this unique reworking of ballads, folktales, and magical sagas. The selections offer a new slant on old favorites: Neil Gaiman retells "The False Knight on the Road"; Jane Yolen offers her version of "King Henry" and "The Great Selchie of Sule Skerrie"; Charles de Lint reworks "Twa Corbies"; Jeff Smith updates "The Galtee Farmer"; and mystery author Sharyn McCrumb reimagines "Thomas the Rhymer." As a special feature, The Book of Ballad contains the full lyrics and discographies of the classic versions of these songs and tales.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765312143
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 10.64(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

As an illustrator and as a collaborator, Charles Vess has worked with Neil Gaiman, with whom he shared a World Fantasy Award for the "Midsummer Night's Dream" issue of Sandman; with Charles de Lint on children's books and illustrated novels; and with Jeff Smith on the Bone prequel Rose. Vess has won the World Fantasy Award twice. His Ballads series won him the comic-book industry's prestigious Eisner award. He is currently illustrating a special limited edition of George R. R. Martin's bestselling A Storm of Swords.

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Fantasy and comic book illustrator Charles Vess (see his work on the early Sandman comic books) provides thirteen illustrative stories written by eleven different highly regarded authors that are based on famous ballads. The tales are cleverly conceived as Mr. Vess and a renowned fantasist take a well known verse and turns it into a delightful illustrated story. The original ballad follows the animated tale for those who seek the complete package. The pictures are in black and white, but that brings a historical feel to the retelling of the ballads; thus this enhances the conversion as color would make it prettier, but subtract from the wonderful total affect. A rather different type of anthology, fans of graphic tales will appreciate this marvelous unique collection that contains wonderful interpretations of famous ballads like the Black Fox and Thomas the Rhymer by a who¿s who of fantasy................ Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad this volume was published! The illustrations are wonderful. I was able to read familiar tales in new skins and discover new ones as well. All of my favorite authors are here, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Smith, Charles de Lint. I didn't think it possible to better their words until I saw them paired with Vess' illustrations. You will not be dissapointed! I would especially recommend this for those who are interested in the old tales but not familiar with them yet. And follow up on the music recommendations! They are worth it. If you enjoy any of the following - art, music, folktales, fantasy, mystery, comics, fairy tales - you or someone you love will love this book!