|Born||30 July 1966
|Occupation||Author and librarian|
John J. Nevins, MA/MS, is an American author and librarian, born 30 July 1966 and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. 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, and describes himself in part as a "bibliophile and pop culture scholar of the 21st century."
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.
Nevins' most popular, in-depth and recent annotations, however, have focused almost entirely on works by Alan Moore for Moore's own America's Best Comics imprint, published until recently through the DC Comics imprint Wildstorm. Starting with the comic which most closely mirrors his own interests - the Victoriana/Steampunk/Alternate history/literary-mashup The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Nevins trawled the popular and not-so-popular literature of the past to compile (again, with help from the "divers hands") a thorough reference work to the first volume of Moore and Kevin O'Neill's masterpiece.
In large part due to Nevins' work annotating the first volume of LoEG, Moore has stated that he felt more comfortable alluding to ever-more obscure works - content in the knowledge that the reference would likely be caught and, therefore, made available to the casual reader. (Nevins' annotations are published for free online, while his LoEG annotations are also available in print from MonkeyBrain Books). This further helped encourage Moore to produce his literary-tour-de-force in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II: "The New Traveller's Almanac", a swift geographical tour of fictional places and events, including references to Shakespeare, Lovecraft, obscure Chinese authors from the Han Dynasty, Shelley, Lewis Carroll, and Jorge Luis Borges. Covert references to Nevins himself can be found within the pages of LoEG Vol. 2 and the Black Dossier, while Moore has acknowledged in multiple interviews that he sees "these companion volumes as having a necessary organic place in the body of the work itself," effectively deputising Nevins as a partial collaborator.
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 mini-series Beyond the Farthest Precinct. 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 exhaustive 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), originally posted at the Avengers Assemble site of Van Allen Plexico, and various 'Guides to early Marvel Characters.
He has also compiled a more general reference guide which includes other companies' creations, entitled simply "The Golden Age Heroes Directory," his "Pulp and Adventure Heroes" Directory, and a guide to "Fantastic, Mysterious, and Adventurous Victoriana."
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. 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.
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. 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.
- Heroes & Monsters: The Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (paperback, 239 pages, MonkeyBrain, 2003, ISBN 1-932265-04-X, Titan Books, 2006, ISBN 1-84576-316-5)
- A Blazing World: The Unofficial Companion to the Second League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (paperback, 240 pages, MonkeyBrain, 2004, ISBN 1-932265-10-4, Titan Books, 2006, ISBN 1-84576-317-3)
- Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana (hardcover, 1200 pages, MonkeyBrain, 2005, ISBN 1-932265-15-5)
- Pulp Magazine Holdings Directory: Library Collections in North America and Europe (McFarland, May 2007, ISBN 0-7864-3068-0)
- "Introduction" to Nick Carter vs. Fantômas by Alexandre Bisson & Guillaume Livet (adaptation by Frank Morlock) (Black Coat Press, 2007) ISBN 1-934543-05-5
- "Introduction" to Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy by Ekaterina Sedia (ed.) (Senses Five Press, 2008) ISBN 0-9796246-0-6
- Impossible Territories: An Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen The Black Dossier (paperback, 304 pages, MonkeyBrain, July 2008, ISBN 1-932265-24-4)
- Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes (forthcoming, 2012/2013)
- Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes (forthcoming, 2012/2013)
- No Fear of the Future: Jess Nevins. Accessed April 30, 2008
- "Transformations: An Update from Dr. Susan Karr, President". Lone Star College--Tomball. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- Nevins, Jess. "ratmmjess 's Home Page". self-published. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
- Annotations for Kingdom Come, The Kingdom, JLA: The Nail and others. Accessed January 18, 2008
- Alan Moore writes:
- "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...", 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
- Alan Moore writes again, in the introduction to Nevins' first print volume of annotations:
- "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]", 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
- Sanderson, Peter - IGN: Comics in Context #66: A Christmas Potpourri. Accessed January 18, 2008
- Annotations to Top Ten & Subsequent. Accessed January 18, 2008
- Nevins, Jess. "The Timely Comics Story". Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
- Timely Comics - Essays and Miscellanea. Accessed January 18, 2008
- A Guide To Marvel's Golden Age Characters. Accessed January 18, 2008
- Nevins, Jess. "A Guide to Marvel's Pre-FF #1 Heroes". Archived from the original on August 17, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2008.
- The Golden Age Heroes Directory. Accessed January 18, 2008
- Pulp and Adventure Heroes Online. Accessed January 18, 2008 (dead link)
- Fantastic, Mysterious, and Adventurous Victoriana. Accessed January 18, 2008
- A Collection of Nevins' Wold Newton Articles. Accessed January 18, 2008
- Extra Pulp: Ed Brubaker Talks "Incognito", Comic Book Resources, December 15, 2008
- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1651697370/the-encyclopedia-of-golden-age-superheroes Accessed April 26, 2012
- For those interested in such things..., March 28, 2008. Accessed April 3, 2008
- Jess Nevins official site
- Nevins' Livejournal
- No Fear of the Future: Jess Nevins
- Nevins' blog
- Jess Nevins' Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes