TwoMorrows is the finest publisher of comic book historical journalism, bar none. At full disclosure, I worked briefly with publisher John Morrow on the late, great Comicology Magazine and on a professional level, he is nothing short of top notch.

As a reader and lover of the comic book medium, I'm a ridiculous fan of his publishing empire, from the Jack Kirby Collector to Alter Ego to Draw! to their newer titles such as Back Issue and Write Now! They have also brought into print an enormous library of material on beloved creators and characters.

As a fan of comic art, there is no greater series than Eric Nolen-Weathington's Modern Masters series. With volumes focusing on childhood favorites like Perez, Byrne and Simonson to the dynamic work of Timm, Nowlan and Art Adams, the entire series is meant to be absorbed and treasured.

The most recent volume, Number Eleven, focuses on the beautiful, delicate work of Charles Vess. Primarily known as a fantasy artist, Vess' best known comic work are his collaborations with writer Neil Gaiman (Stardust, Sandman). The book is a feast for the eyes, detailing much of Vess' creative process, his influences and an informative interview (conducted by author Christopher Irving).

The selling point of the volume is obviously the artwork, which can be found in abundance (often with commentary by Vess). Among the characters represented are The Endless, Swamp Thing, Spider-Man, Batman and his own characters from his series, Book of Ballads and Sagas. An eight page color section is exceptionally stunning. If you already treasure Vess' work, are a casual fan, or merely interested in the creative process, this book belongs in your library to read, study and be inspired by.