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Modern Masters Vol. 4: Kevin Nowlan Paperback – December 28, 2004


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  • Series: Modern Masters
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893905381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893905382
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The latest entry in TwoMorrows' Modern Masters series of book-length interviews of contemporary comic-book artists--previous volumes George Perez (2003) and Bruce Timm [BKL O 15 04] have covered fan favorites--focuses on a less-heralded, equally talented figure. Nowlan has contributed steadily to comics since the early 1980s, and his illustration skills put most of his peers to shame. Yet he has never received the recognition he deserves, perhaps because, though he has drawn some of the most popular superheroes, including Superman and Batman, he hasn't been associated with a particular character but has spent most of his career on short-term projects for various publishers. Fortunately, his star ascended a few years ago when he got the plum assignment to collaborate with superstar writer Alan Moore on the adventures of Jack B. Quick, a small-town juvenile genius surrounded by lumpish dolts; Nowlan considers this the high point of his career, and it's covered at length here. The artwork on every page amply confirms that Nowlan richly deserves this tribute. Gordon Flagg
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Eric Nolen-Weathington was born in 1970 and raised in the small town of Winterville, N.C., where despite the snowy sounding name it rarely snowed. After five misspent semesters in their Computer Engineering program, he found a curriculum more to his liking and earned his B.A. in Communications from N.C. State University.

In 2000, he joined the staff of TwoMorrows Publishing. Being as it was a staff consisting only of himself, he held the positions of production assistant, proofreader, customer relations representative, shipping supervisor, and office boy. In 2003, his first book, Modern Masters Volume 1: Alan Davis, was published. In 2006, he left his staff position at TwoMorrows to spend more of his time and energy producing his Modern Masters book series, which he edits and designs to this day. There are now more than two dozen volumes in the series. He also is the editor and designer of Nick Cardy: Behind the Artist, and the designer of the Eisner Award-nominated Draw! magazine.

He currently lives in Mebane, N.C., with his wife and two children... not to mention their dog and several cats, all of which he is allergic to (the cats, not the wife and children).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
The fourth volume in the series on comix and graphical novel artists, Modern Masters: Kevin Nowlan is a clear and deserved tribute to Eisner Award-winning artist Keven Nowlan, perhaps best known for his superhero comic book art of such four-color heroes as Batman, Superman, Doctor Strange and Jack B. Quick (a character Nowlan has co-created with Alan Moore). Nowlan is truly a renaissance man of the superhero comic industry, skilled at cover art, penciling, inking, lettering, coloring, and even writing. Featureing an in-depth interview with Nowlan, numerous black-and-white examples of his art - some never before published - plus a gallery of color plates, Modern Masters: Kevin Nowlan is a "must-have" for his legions of fans and all who appreciate Nowlan's contribution to modern comic art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fernando H. Ramirez VINE VOICE on November 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Kevin Nowlan is a master of illustration and storytelling, and this MODERN MASTERS tome is essential reading. The MODERN MASTERS series is pretty much the best series covering comics artists... it's a wonder that a series like this exists. It takes the best of comics interview magazines... which is presenting a candid talk with artists.... and yet covers the subject from beginning to end in a long, satisfying session. This is better than the aforementioned magazines, because this is no shortened conversation... it will take you two hours to read (or longer)... much more satisfying than a 10-15 page interview. This one focuses on Nowlan, and covers his entire career. Aspiring artists can learn a lot about Nowlan's techniques, particularly in the final chapter (before the portfolio)... which breaks down the artist's thought processes and techniques. Then, of course... you get a great portfolio. The interview is illustrated throughout by examples of Nowlan's work. It showed me work that he had done that I wasn't aware of, and that I'll have to hunt down! Most fun, throughout the book, Nowlan tells us what went on 'behind the scenes' for some of his jobs, and this is a neat peek into the how-to of modern comics companies.

Highly recommended!
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By Bob Bello on March 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Great book, fantastic artwork, and excellent stories for everyone. Whether you just want to learn more about this artist or learn his exceptional style, I strongly recommend this title to comic lovers, art students, and wannabe illustrators. This is simply classic and the variety is great!
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