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Product Details

  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Heavy Metal Magazine (August 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935351303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935351306
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NATHAN FOX
Chair, MFA Visual Narrative Department, School of Visual Arts
Artist | Illustrator | Comic Book Guy

EDUCATION:
BFA, Kansas City Art Institute; MFA, School of Visual Arts

PUBLICATIONS:
Writer/Artist - TTLK (Tin Toys & Leather Kittens) 138°, Wani Publications (In Production)
Cover Artist & Art Director - The Camelot Kids, Crimson Myth Press
Artist - Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, Dynamite (In Production)
Artist - Adrift, Vertigo (In Production)
Writer/Artist - Hawken: Melee, Boom
Cover Artist - FBP, Vertigo Comics
Artist - Dogs of War, Scholastic Books
Artist - Hawken #4, Archaia/Boom
Artist - HAUNT, IMAGE & Todd McFarlane Productions
Artist - BLUE ESTATE, IMAGE & Viktor Kalvachev/EZD Productions
Artist - STAY TUNED!, Chronicle Books Books
Artist - FLUORESCENT BLACK, Heavy Metal Magazine
Artist - Dark Reign: ZODIAC, Marvel
Artist - Pigeons from Hell, Dark Horse
Artist - DMZ Friendly Fire/Rapid Fire, Ghost Protector Vertigo
Cover Artist - Fight for Tomorrow #4, Vertigo Comics

CONTRIBUTOR:
The Education of an Illustrator; Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World's Great Graphic Designers; Making Art: Form and Meaning; Atlas of Illustration; Go for the Gold!; Beasts!; Batman Black & White; How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills; Inside the Business of Illustration; Spectrum 16: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art; American Illustration; Society of Illustrators; Computer Arts Magazine; Print Magazine; KaBoomBox Anthology

CLIENTS:
The New York Times; Interview; The New Yorker; Rolling Stone; Wired; ESPN magazine; Print; Entertainment Weekly; Mother Jones; Spin; Mad, DC Comics; Dark Horse Comics; Marvel Comics; Fantagraphics Books; American Illustration; 3x3; Esquire; Playboy; The Village Voice; Men's Health; Vertigo Comics; 72andSunny; Wieden + Kennedy; Turner Classic Movies; MTV; One Trick Pony; The Chopping Block, Inc.; Chronicle Books; Burton Snowboards; Rockstar Games






NATHAN FOX
Chair, MFA Visual Narrative Department, School of Visual Arts
Artist | Illustrator | Comic Book Guy

BIOGRAPHY:
Nathan Fox was born in 1975 in Washington D.C. Raised from the age of five on the suburban outskirts of Houston, an early addiction to Cartoons, Commercials and Video Games led to a lifelong exploration of Narrative Art and the over-stimulation associated with his generation. In the hopes of making such an addiction his full time job, Nathan left Texas for Missouri where he attended the Kansas City Art Institute.

What followed over the next four years can only be described as an eye opening experience compared to the somewhat quiet Southern upbringing. The discovery of Anime, Yoshitoshi's Yukiyo-e Prints, Sideshows and Comics would lead him down the happily twisted path he still follows today.

After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1997, Nathan pursued Illustration from Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the next two years with little result. Frustrated with pursuing editorial illustration and working as an offset pressman, he and his wife moved to New York City in 2000 where Nathan attended The School of Visual Arts Illustration As Visual Essay Graduate Program. Those two years of graduate study would prove to be the most fruitful as Nathan has been freelancing full time as an illustrator and storyteller ever since. His work has appeared in The New York Times Newspaper and Magazine, Interview, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wired, ESPN Magazine, Print, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, Spin, Mad Magazine, MTV Store Windows and Tshirts, Burton US Open 2009, Instant Winner and REAL Skateboards, DC Comics, Vertigo, Dark Horse Comics, Marvel and many other publications and mediums.

In 2011 Nathan relocated back to NYC with his family having designed, launched and is now Chair of the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts - an evolutionary low-residency graduate program in visual storytelling that places equal emphasis on creative writing and visual expression regardless of medium. The MFAVN program focusses original content in any medium and is dedicated to the education and elevation of the artist as author.

Future projects include upcoming comics projects and continuing to pursue Narrative Art, Illustration and Gallery Work. For further information, updates and samples of Nathan's illustration work, Comics, Murals, Skate Decks and more, check out www.foxnathan.com. For information on the MFA Visual Narrative program visit mfavn.sva.edu


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Nathan Fox
Chair, MFA Visual Narrative at the School of Visual Arts
Illustrator, Artist and Comic Book Guy
Email: nathan@foxnathan.com
Portfolio: http://www.foxnathan.com
Illustration Rep: http://www.ba-reps.com
MFAVN: http://sva.edu/mfavn
Prints: http://foxnathan.bigcartel.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nfoxillo
Twitter: @nathanfoxy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Royer on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Artwork: 5.0 out of 5
Ladies and Germs, it is my pleasure to present onto you, Fluorescent Black. Now why do I say that? Because visually this books is beyond stunning. How so DD? Well glad you asked, I am a huge fan of Nathan Fox's artwork, so it may come as no shock that I love this anyways. But let me dive a little deeper into it, because that alone only warrants a rating of 4. To get a 5 here this book had to not only be GORE-Geous from start to finish but it also had to fit every single thing that the story was trying to tell to a T, and guess what, it did. Nathan's style fit this story so well, with its gritty futuristic, bio-punk nature that I doubt few others could have pulled it off. He was meant to draw this. Now of course we also have to take into account colors and letters here. So lets start with colors, Jeromy Cox you killed it. You knew what to do and just destroyed it. If you want an example click on this. So now a quick jump over to Sean Konot's letters, which again worked to perfection. The bubbles fit into the style perfectly as well as the font choices. This is 192 pages of sheer visual bliss.

Story: 4.75 out of 5
Oh Mr. Wilson how can you live up to the artwork? Easily if you ask me, because you did it. This story is compelling, intriguing, action packed, entertaining and last but not least one of the best I have ever read. Now why a not a 5 on this one. Well I don't want to get to far off track here, but when reading this in the pages of Heavy Metal, there were certain words that you had to decipher, since this is not set in America. So for just a slim bit of confusion I docked ya a little. However when I got the trade in my hands it had a dictionary so... YOU ARE SAVED! The story here is fresh and it just delivered everything I could want in a book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Newton Rocha on October 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Fluorescent Black is a fantastic bio-punk graphic novel, describing an Utopic/Distopic future of biotechnology and gene-enhancing, degenerate hyper-capitalism and chaotic third world bio-punk scenario. The graphic novel's setting is the late 21st century Singapore, a strange and interesting choice that adds originality to the history.

This is a fast paced action story, inter-spaced with digressions and harrowing visions of a biopunk future of illegal gene splicing and a nightmarish vision of a world where gene technology got completely out of control. The graphic novel is also curiously written in Singapore's strange English, which spices up the story.

I found some similarities with the also biopunk novel Windup Girl of Paolo Bacigalupi, which is also in a futuristic asian setting, if you like Fluorescent Black you will also like Windup Girl.
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By Ashke on December 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
A fantastic graphic Bio Punk story that deserves more appreciation as integral sci-fi reading, I first came across this comic while it was serialized in Heavy Metal magazine, and upon reading the particular segment published in that issue, which was close to the end of the story, I knew one thing: I had to track this down in its entirety. Not only was the art chaotic, detailed, and some of the must alluring work I've seen in awhile, but the story and characters grabbed hold right away and refused to let go. I picked up the over sized trade edition at NY Comic Con 2010 and have re-read it twice since then. The large size is perfect for taking in all the detail of the art. I couldn't imagine this published any other way.
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Format: Paperback
The story of Fluorescent Black can be likened to any story involving repo men & genetic slipicing but to incorporate new cultures & use their own dialect (like Clockwork Orange's narration) in the dialogue makes it a gem!

Not only that, I really LOVE that the whole story was encapsulated within this one book, even though I would have easily bought an entire series of this the length of Fables (I was actually sad it was so short because the ending wouldn't have felt so rushed..?).

It's also a plus that this was illustrated by Nathan Fox.

So a definitely buy & read (may be explict content for those under 17..?)!
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A masterpiece of near future dystopian fiction. Wilson expertly imagines the long term effects of genetic manipulation as the creation of a permanent underclass, with Fox's artwork adding a dense and layered depiction of a gritty future. A wonderful marriage of writer and artist. This is a comic that cannot be missed.
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