The Making of a Graphic Novel/The Resonator
Prentis Rollins, . . Watson-Guptill, $19.95 (168pp) ISBN 978-0-8230-3053-8
For anyone curious about how graphic novels are made—not just how they're conceived, but how they're turned from an idea into inked Bristol-board completion—Rollins's book is the one to buy and read. Rollins, a professional comic-book artist who has "worked on virtually every character in the DC Universe," is an earnest, easy-to-understand adviser who's generous with his insights about craft and techniques. What makes this such a useful guide is that it's also a flip book: read one side, and you get a clear account of how Rollins puts together his graphic novel; turn the book over, and you can read the work he's created, a science fiction story set in a future where people no longer sleep. (Rollins suggests that you read the graphic novel first—that way, the how-to section is easier to follow.) It's a clever conceit, privileging neither component.
Reviewed on: 01/30/2006