Happy Birthday: James Vance
Born in 1953, James Vance did not enter the comic book industry until he was 35, when Kitchen Sink published his comic book Kings in Disguise. The series earned a Harvey Award and an Eisner Award for best new series in 1989, and a second Eisner for best single issue or story.
Vance wrote Neil Gaiman’s Mr. Hero the Newmatic Man for Tekno Comix in the mid-’90s. He has contributed scripts for several Batman and The Crow comics, and for Dark Horse Comics’ Aliens and Predator lines.
Vance is also a playwright, and has won several national awards in that industry.
The reprint of Kings in Disguise was one of the first graphic novels I reviewed. It's a great book that fits in perfectly with today's crop of GNs, showing just how ahead of its time it was.
Amen to that. When I have a cable show, I'll call them "The Essentials."