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Jess Nevins (born 1966) is an American author. Nevins is the author of the Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana and other works on Victoriana and pulp fiction. He is employed as a reference librarian at Lone Star College-Tomball.
Nevins also annotated many of Alan Moore's for his America's Best Comics imprint, starting with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Moore said of Nevins' work, "It was only when someone finally conveyed these internet postings to me... that I began to understand the invaluable asset that Jess represented... I realised that if we had [him] tracking down all of the references for the readers, then we could be as obscure and far-reaching as we wanted...", Moore later said Nevins' work helped inform The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II: "The New Traveller's Almanac": "The patient work contained within this current volume [Heroes & Monsters] has played an important part in the construction of this vast, imaginary global edifice that we're constructing... [the Almanac]", Moore sees "these companion volumes as having a necessary organic place in the body of the work itself."
In-between volumes of LoEG, Nevins has tackled Moore and Gene Ha's Top Ten. He subsequently provided annotations on Moore and Ha's 2005 Top Ten graphic novel The Forty-Niners and Paul Di Filippo and Jerry Ordway's 2005 sequel miniseries Beyond the Farthest Precinct. Nevins also began to annotate Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert's 2003 mini-series 1602 from Marvel Comics.
On his website, Nevins has compiled the reference guide The Golden Age Heroes Directory, the Pulp and Adventure Heroes" Directory, and "Fantastic, Mysterious, and Adventurous Victoriana."
He has also written stories appearing in the Tales of the Shadowmen anthology series: "A Jest, To Pass The Time" from volume 2, "Red in Tooth and Claw" in volume 4, and "A Root That Beareth Gall and Worms" in volume 5.
Nevins has much expanded some of his online resources for print, authoring The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana (left), the definitive guide on the strange and wonderful of that period. In May 2007, McFarland & Company published his Pulp Holdings Index, a listing of which issues of which pulp magazines are held in which American, Canadian, British, and European libraries.
He also adapted his "Pulp Heroes" resource into the Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes (2017) as well as his companion superhero reference work, the Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes.