The Book of Ballads and Sagas

    (Green Man Press, 1995-1996, 2006)
™ and © 1993, 1995, 1996 Charles Vess and respective authors

Noted illustrator Charles Vess brings his evocative, meticulously detailed artwork to a self-published anthology that features comic book adaptations of legendary ballads and mythological tales. In the first issue for example, Vess has gathered other luminaries like Sandman’s Neil Gaiman to pen an adaptation of “The False Knight on the Road.“ Other stories featured in the premiere issue include “Thomas the Rhymer,“ adapted by Sharyn McCrumb, and the first installment in an ongoing serial, “Skade,“ inspired by Norse mythology. Other issues include stories like Charles DeLint’s version of “Twa Corbies, “ Jane Yolen’s adaptation of “King Henry“ (previously printed in an issue of Dark Horse Presents), and an illustrated play version of “Tam-Lin“ entirely by Vess himself. Vess’ passion for the material permeates every page, and he includes original texts wherever appropriate. Articles on the research underlying the stories and discographies of related folk recordings round out each issue.

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#1

  10/1/1995
  $2.95
  $4.25
2 copies available from $0.99
B&WSharyn McCrumb, Neil Gaiman, Rob Walton, Terri WindlingCharles Vess

#2

  2/1/1996
  $2.95
  $5.75
1 copy available for $3.99
B&WJane Yolen, Charles De Lint, Rob WaltonCharles Vess

#3

  6/1/1996
  $3.50
  $5.25
1 copy available for $7.00
B&WMidori Snyder, Jeff Smith, Delia Sherman, W.K. McNeil, Charles VessCharles Vess

#4

  12/1/1996
  $3.25
  $5.25
1 copy available for $1.99
Wraparound cover; Includes preview of Castle Waiting by Linda Medley; B&WCharles Vess, Charles De Lint, Linda MedleyCharles Vess, Linda Medley

Ashcan #1

  1/1/1997
  $0.00
  $76.00
No copies available
SDCC ExclusiveCharles Vess, Charles De Lint, Linda MedleyCharles Vess, Linda Medley

Book #1

 
  $9.95
  $12.50
No copies available
B&W; ca. 1997Sharyn McCrumb, Neil Gaiman, Rob Walton, Terri Windling, Jane Yolen, Charles De Lint, Midori Snyder, Jeff Smith, Delia Sherman, Charles Vess, Ken RosemanCharles Vess, Linda Medley

Book #1 (2nd printing)

  3/7/2006
  $14.95
  $50.00
No copies available
Published by Tor; Edited by Teresa Nielsen Hayden; Introduction by Terri Windling; Discography Notes by Ken RosemanSharyn McCrumb, Neil Gaiman, Rob Walton, Terri Windling, Jane Yolen, Charles De Lint, Midori Snyder, Jeff Smith, Delia Sherman, Charles Vess, Ken RosemanCharles Vess, Linda Medley

Book #1 Hardcover

  11/1/2004
  $24.95
  $24.95
No copies available
Hardcover; Published by TorSharyn McCrumb, Neil Gaiman, Rob Walton, Terri Windling, Jane Yolen, Charles De Lint, Midori Snyder, Jeff Smith, Delia Sherman, Charles Vess, Ken RosemanCharles Vess, Linda Medley

Book #1 Hardcover (2nd printing)

 
  $29.99
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Published by TitanNeil GaimanCharles Vess