from The Bells ©1999 Rafael Nieves & Juan Gomez



Juan is a Chicago-based animator who cites Tim Burton, European comics, and Rugrats among his many influences. The illustrator of Rafael Nieves’ adaptation of The Bells has also collaborated with him on Chillin’s (Moonstone Comics, 1997), an anthology of horror stories about terrible tykes. Gomez’s clean, simple style strikes just the right balance between humorous cartooning and more serious traditional illustration which is a perfect match for Nieves’ vision of The Bells. The version presented in the first and second editions of Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe has been digested from the full 25-page story. The original was published by Tome Press in 1999, and is available at