The Big Book of Pop Culture: A How-to Guide for Young Artists

The Big Book of Pop Culture: A How-to Guide for Young Artists

by Hal Niedzviecki, Marc Ngui
     
 

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It's culture creation made easy by a master of the independent art scene.

Join indie-guru Hal Niedzviecki on a how-to journey through the world of pop culture. In his upbeat, spirited style, Niedzviecki first provides a quick history of entertainment -- from its origins through to the present day, when corporate powers largely determine what we read,

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It's culture creation made easy by a master of the independent art scene.

Join indie-guru Hal Niedzviecki on a how-to journey through the world of pop culture. In his upbeat, spirited style, Niedzviecki first provides a quick history of entertainment -- from its origins through to the present day, when corporate powers largely determine what we read, hear and watch.

Niedzviecki then shows how to reclaim cultural expression by encouraging everyone to use the tools of modern media: print (self-publishing zines, comics and books), video (making movies and shows), CD (creating original music) and the indie-paradise of the Internet (websites, blogs, video games). Quick and easy do-in-a-day project ideas are included, so emerging artists will feel ready to tackle more ambitious works.

Punctuated by inspiring interviews with young creators, engaging sidebars, and zine-style graphics that capture the spirit of the indie movement, The Big Book of Pop Culture is an empowering guide to original artistic expression.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Robbie L. Flowers
There was something masterful about the way H. G. Wells whipped the nation into a frenzy and caused people to believe that they were actually being invaded by aliens during the broadcast of War of the Worlds. Because he skillfully used the medium of radio, people were driven to varying levels of entertainment or sheer terror. This book's purpose is to get teens to become as skillful as Wells was in creating their own brand of popular culture. The material takes the reader from a basic working definition of pop culture to describing the means of generating their own via blogging, creating games, writing zines, producing pirate radio, and working in other mediums. This title offers the reader a thorough dissection of pop culture. It also provides a host of suggestions for further reading on the topic. At times though, the discussion seems repetitive as the author carries some topics from chapter to chapter. Either more information could have been packed into those spots or the repeated material could have simply been deleted. Humorous black-and-white illustrations abound throughout the text. They assist in keeping the reader interested in the subject matter. The book is recommended for public libraries that have a teen population that is into creative expression. It would serve as a manual of information and suggestions for teens trying to figure out how to take their self-expression to the next level. It can be viewed as an optional purchase for other libraries.
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Starred Selection 2008
Starred Selection 2008
Starred Selection

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554510566
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
04/13/2007
Pages:
183
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Hal Niedzviecki is an award-winning writer of novels, non-fiction, newspaper columns, and magazine articles. He is also the co-founder of Broken Pencil, a magazine of zine culture and the independent arts. He lives in Toronto.

Marc Ngui is a Toronto cartoonist and illustrator who also creates storyboards and animation for advertising.

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