Jess Nevins

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Jess Nevins
Born (1966-07-30) July 30, 1966 (age 48)
Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation Author and librarian
Nationality American
Period 2003–present
Genre Victoriana, Pulp

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John J. Nevins is an American author and librarian, born 30 July 1966 and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] He is the author of the World Fantasy Award-nominated Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana (MonkeyBrain Books, 2005), and other works on Victoriana and pulp fiction. He is also well known for his extensive comic book annotations, especially The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He is a reference librarian at Lone Star College-Tomball.[2]

Comic book annotations

Nevins has annotated dozens of comics, starting primarily with a number of Elseworlds published by DC, most notably Kingdom Come and JLA: The Nail, covering in great detail the comic book, literary, popular cultural, and other sources of various plot points and featured characters. In the case of Kingdom Come, Nevins (and his irregular "divers hands" - his annotations are in large part a collaborative effort, inviting comment, correction and constructive critique) identifies most of the many featured characters from the future of the DCU, noting their predecessors and origins.[3]

Nevins later annotations have focused almost entirely on works by Alan Moore for Moore's America's Best Comics imprint, starting with the Victoriana/Steampunk/Alternate history/literary mashup The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Moore said of Nevins' work, "It was only when someone finally conveyed these internet postings to me... that I began to understand the invaluable asset that Jess represented... I realised that if we had [him] tracking down all of the references for the readers, then we could be as obscure and far-reaching as we wanted...",[4] Moore later said Nevins work helped inform The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II: "The New Traveller's Almanac": "The patient work contained within this current volume [Heroes & Monsters] has played an important part in the construction of this vast, imaginary global edifice that we're constructing... [the Almanac]",[5] Moore sees "these companion volumes as having a necessary organic place in the body of the work itself."[6]

In-between volumes of LoEG, Nevins has tackled Moore and Gene Ha's Top Ten, a superhero-police comic in which a powerful police precinct in Neopolis has to deal with various superhuman crimes. Nevin's interest in, and knowledge of the "Golden Age" of Superheros (and subsequent eras) aids him considerably in noting, as in his Kingdom Come annotations, the precedents and inspirations behind many of the characters featured. Nevins has subsequently provided annotations on Moore and Ha's 2005 Top Ten graphic novel The Forty-Niners, filling in some of the early history of the series, and Paul Di Filippo and Jerry Ordway's 2005 sequel miniseries Beyond the Farthest Precinct.[7] Nevins also began to annotate Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert's 2003 mini-series 1602 from Marvel Comics.

Nevins has also published Impossible Territories a book of annotations for the 2007 LoEG graphic novel The Black Dossier.

Other work

For several years, Nevins has compiled - and made freely available - reference works on a number of inter-related subjects, including "The Timely Comics Story" (covering the company that would become Marvel Comics),[8][9] originally posted at the Avengers Assemble site of Van Allen Plexico, and various guides to early Marvel Characters.[10][11]

Cover to The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana. Art by John Picacio.

He has also compiled a more general reference guide which includes other companies' creations, entitled simply "The Golden Age Heroes Directory,"[12] his "Pulp and Adventure Heroes" Directory,[13] and a guide to "Fantastic, Mysterious, and Adventurous Victoriana."[14]

Nevins is also a contributor to/collaborator on the ever-expanding Wold Newton Universe, under the guidance of Win Scott Eckert at the Wold Newton Universe webpage.[15] He has also written stories appearing in the Tales of the Shadowmen anthology series: "A Jest, To Pass The Time" from volume 2, "Red in Tooth and Claw" in volume 4, and "A Root That Beareth Gall and Worms" in volume 5.

Alongside his volumes of annotations on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Heroes & Monsters and A Blazing World, respectively), Nevins has much expanded some of his online resources for print, authoring the World Fantasy Award-nominated The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana (left), the definitive guide on the strange and wonderful of that period. In May, 2007, critically praised publisher of multiple popular-culture reference works McFarland published his Pulp Holdings Index, a listing of which issues of which pulp magazines are held in which American, Canadian, British, and European libraries. He revised his annotations for The Black Dossier into Impossible Territories, (MonkeyBrain Books in July, 2008), which will be the third companion to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.

Nevins has also been published in Steve Jackson Games' Pyramid, and more recently, has written a series of essays, one for each issue of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' comic Criminal[16]

He is also working on adapting his "Pulp Heroes" resource into the Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes, which should be published sometime during 2012/2013, as well as his companion superhero reference work, the Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes, a descriptive listing of every superhero published between 1935 and 1949.[17] He is also writing Strange Tales of the Century, for Evil Hat Productions, a supplement to Evil Hat's RPG Spirit of the Century. It will deal with pulp fiction from around the world and outline the various archetypes and the historical setting.[18]

Bibliography

References

  1. ^ No Fear of the Future: Jess Nevins. Accessed April 30, 2008
  2. ^ "Transformations: An Update from Dr. Susan Karr, President". Lone Star College--Tomball. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  3. ^ Annotations for Kingdom Come, The Kingdom, JLA: The Nail and others. Accessed January 18, 2008
  4. ^ Moore, Alan; Jess Nevins (January 2003). Heroes & Monsters: The Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Introduction) (2nd edition ed.). MonkeyBrain Books. ISBN 1-932265-04-X.  p13
  5. ^ Moore, Alan; Jess Nevins (January 2003). Heroes & Monsters: The Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Introduction) (2nd edition ed.). MonkeyBrain Books. ISBN 1-932265-04-X.  p13
  6. ^ Sanderson, Peter - IGN: Comics in Context #66: A Christmas Potpourri. Accessed January 18, 2008
  7. ^ Annotations to Top Ten & Subsequent. Accessed January 18, 2008
  8. ^ Nevins, Jess. "The Timely Comics Story". Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Timely Comics - Essays and Miscellanea. Accessed January 18, 2008
  10. ^ Nevins, Jess. "A Guide To Marvel's Golden Age Characters". Archived from the original on August 29, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2008. 
  11. ^ Nevins, Jess. "A Guide to Marvel's Pre-FF #1 Heroes". Archived from the original on August 17, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2008. 
  12. ^ The Golden Age Heroes Directory. Accessed January 18, 2008
  13. ^ Nevins, Jess. "Pulp and Adventure Heroes Online". Archived from the original on July 23, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2008. 
  14. ^ Fantastic, Mysterious, and Adventurous Victoriana. Accessed January 18, 2008
  15. ^ A Collection of Nevins' Wold Newton Articles. Accessed January 18, 2008
  16. ^ Extra Pulp: Ed Brubaker Talks "Incognito", Comic Book Resources, December 15, 2008
  17. ^ http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1651697370/the-encyclopedia-of-golden-age-superheroes Accessed April 26, 2012
  18. ^ For those interested in such things..., March 28, 2008. Accessed April 3, 2008

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