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Nexus Chronicles

Nexus Chronicles

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Size: 9" x 12", 304 page Hardcover with dust jacket

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SKETCH OPTION: Your choice of single NEXUS character! (Limited Availability)

For more than thirty years, the comic-book series Nexus has showcased the artistry of Steve “The Dude” Rude, one of the industry's most passionate and highly regarded artists. Rude’s continuing dedication to improving his craft through daily practice and the study of his heroes—Jack Kirby, Alex Raymond and Hal Foster and such illustration masters as Andrew Loomis and John Gannam—have infused his art with a combination of grace, power and finely crafted storytelling.

The Nexus Chronicles focuses on Rude’s role as artist and co-creator of this award-winning series. Three dedicated years have gone into assembling the original art for eight of The Dude’s favorite creations, including Nexus: Wages of Sin #1 and Next Nexus #1, both of which are shown with their pencil and finished inked forms facing one another to highlight the process. Nexus #50 and the rarely seen eight-page “All in Sundra” are reproduced from their inked originals. Also featured is the previously unpublished Nexus #99 in pencil form and the fully painted Sundra story “When She Was Young,” and more. Each issue has been meticulously scanned directly from The Dude's personal archives.

Every chapter opens with a spotlight on Steve Rude’s painted covers and supplemental drawings taken from his sketchbooks. These openings highlight concept drawings, preparatory thumbnails and cover-color compositions, following an introduction by the artist. An expanded interview offers insight into his craft, and photographs by Greg Preston show Rude working in his studio.

The Nexus Chronicles reproduces Steve Rude’s finest comics like never before, allowing fans and students alike to study the nuances of his line art.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 30 reviews
Patrick P. Zaretski, Esq.
Better than I ever imagined it would be!

I’m going to replicate my February 27th e-mail to you right here:

Oh, Steve and Jaynelle, I can’t put into words or even begin to describe my absolute love of your sketch — I’m not sure if anyone ever told you that they cried when they saw your artwork, but I was so touched, so absolutely floored, and moved, that I was sobbing hard for five straight minutes. I’ve never had anyone in my entire life take my words and turn them into a warm and beautiful, not to mention touching and human image. It’s a moment in my life I’ll never ever forget, and I am stunned still that you were able to reach into my mind and capture just what I wanted without even knowing it myself! And didn’t you just capture Horatio’s and Badger’s personalities completely? Just seeing Badger reach out with a Milk-Bone, my Michael’s favorite treat, that was the icing on the cake. Whenever I will look at your sketch for the rest of my life, I’m going to see Christian, Luke, and Michael, and that’s priceless. Again, going way back to Nexus covers and interiors, you always had beagles in them; it’s obvious that you love them as much as I do.

Just let me know if you want to reproduce this in any of your sketchbooks or anywhere else. Not only will I buy that book too, but I’ll promote it any way I can! That’s how proud I am of what you both did for me, and it’s a great way to pay you back for the many many years of reading happiness you brought me.

Boy do I hope that this e-mail makes it to you, LOL! Jaynelle, Dude, you’re the best!! Thanks again for one of the happiest memories I’ve ever had. Best regards and best to your whole family!

So glad you were happy with it and thanks for sending over the pic of your hound dog. Steve really loved doing your commission and we used our own Chloe hound dog for reference.

Kevin McCarthy
The Best

Nexus Chronicles is the best. I bought two copies. I keep one in the car.

Matt B.

My first and second impressions are that this is a beautiful and wide-ranging piece of work. Pencils are shown alongside finished b&w artwork and very occasionally color and SR gives a brief introduction to each selected issue. It's something that I look forward to reading and examining in some detail! Highly recommended!

Nathaniel McNeil

Nexus Chronicles

John Gallagher
Fantastic art from Steve Rude!

Always the best from one of the greatest artists!