Author: Nelson da Rocha

1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die

1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die Universe Publishing – General Editor: Paul Gravett – Released: 2011   Coming in at over 900 pages of comics spanning 80+ years, 1001 COMICS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE is a fantastic reference book and a must have for anyone looking to expand their knowledge in comics or are simply interested in what a comic from South Africa may look like. There are roughly 66 contributors all adding to the massive and varied tally. All of our favourite superheroes are here as well as well as comics from countries I was surprised...

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Supergods

Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human by Grant Morrison, 2011. There are two Grant Morrisons for me and I’m not sure which I like more: First is the well-known counterculture comic book writer for DC and Marvel, famous for his run on New X-Men, Batman & Robin, and his current and very enjoyable Multiversity among others. Of course, not everything can be a hit. I found the general consensus of his handling of DC’s New 52 Action Comics to be a resounding (and prophetic), ‘Meh’. This is...

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Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics

This book makes me angry…I’m bitter that books this great weren’t around when I was a kid. Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics by local cartoonist Brian McLachlan and released mid 2013 is a must have if you have kids, and even if you don’t, I still can’t recommend it enough.  This book is fun, charming, informative, but most of all – it challenges the reader.  One of my favourite features in this book – one that’s often missing in instructional literature – are the exercises at the end of each chapter. They’re well...

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Words For Pictures

I love me some instructional books. I’m always looking for anything that’ll help me be a better comic writer and you know I’ve learned two things in my pursuit of the perfect book: 1) There are a lot of bad books out there, and 2) the ones that get it right, are all good for vastly different reasons. Quick example, I recently got my hands on ‘How to Write Horror’. It’s a series of articles from those in the industry on writing mostly novels and short stories. I stopped reading it after it directed me to other places to...

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Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art

Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art is a beautiful 319 pages of glorious comic covers throughout the years. Although the images are vibrant and stunning, its real strength is in understanding the subtlety and absurdity of what makes a memorable cover. It’s a great read! It’s also a large book, 14 inches in height, so keep that in mind.

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