James Vance (comics)
April 2, 1953|
|Died||June 5, 2017
|Kings in Disguise
On the Ropes
|Awards||Harvey Award, 1989
Eisner Award, 1989
Vance's introduction into comics writing came in 1988, with his Kitchen Sink-published limited series, Kings in Disguise, later collected by W. W. Norton, with an introduction by the legendary Alan Moore, who calls it:
- "One of the most moving and compelling human stories to emerge out of the graphic story medium."
This work, with art by Dan Burr, earned both a Harvey Award and an Eisner Award (both 1989) for best new series, as well as another Eisner Award for best single issue/story (also 1989). It also made the list of the one hundred best comic book stories of all time.
In 2013, Vance and Burr published On the Ropes, the long-awaited sequel to Kings in Disguise. On the Ropes was positively reviewed by, among others, the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, and writer Alan Moore.
Vance also wrote Neil Gaiman's Mr. Hero the Newmatic Man for Tekno Comix in the mid-1990s, and was co-editor of Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie's Lost Girls as originally serialised by Kitchen Sink Press. He has also contributed scripts towards comics featuring The Crow, and the Dark Horse Comics-published licensed properties Aliens and Predator.
Vance was married to cartoonist Kate Worley for the last ten years of her life before she succumbed to cancer in 2004. After Worley's death, Vance edited and completed (with artist Reed Waller) the final chapters of her Omaha the Cat Dancer strip, which were serialized in Sizzle magazine. He died on June 5, 2017 from cancer.
Comics work includes:
- Kings in Disguise (Kitchen Sink Press, 1988) — with artist Dan Burr
- Mr. Hero the Newmatic Man (Tekno Comix, 1995)
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight: Idols #80–82 (DC Comics, 1996) — with artists Dougie Braithwaite and Sean Hardy
- Aliens: Survival (Dark Horse, 1998)
- Predator: Homeworld (Dark Horse, 1999)
- Omaha the Cat Dancer in Sizzle #28–30, 32, 34–35, 38–40, 42–44, 46–49, 51, 53, 55, 56 (Eurotica, NBM Publishing, 2005–2012) — with artist Reed Waller
- On the Ropes (W. W. Norton, 2013) — with artist Dan Burr
Awards and nominationsEdit
- WW Norton's Kings in Disguise listing Archived July 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed March 19, 2008
- Weiner, Stephen. The 101 Best Graphic Novels (NBM, 2005).
- Ulin, David L. The Reading Life: James Vance and Dan E. Burr's new graphic novel goes to the circus," Los Angeles Times (March 5, 2013).
- "On the Ropes," Publishers Weekly (August 27, 2012).
- "About," Dan Burr's official website. Accessed January 17, 2014.
- Dueben, Alex . "James Vance is 'On the Ropes'," Comic Book Resource (March 13, 2013).
- "History of Omaha the Cat Dancer". CatDancer Corporation. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
- James Vance at the ComicBookDB. Accessed March 19, 2008
- James Vance at the Comic Book DB