In The Making of a Graphic Novel, author-illustrator Prentis Rollins' science-fiction graphic novel The Resonator doubles as a how-to book about writing and illustrating comics. The original novel is about an industrialized future in which humans have worked themselves into a sleepless society, and one man figures out a way to break free of it. Its black-and-white pages are hyper-detailed, full of mechano-organic forms and dreamy spacescapes. At the end of the story, you flip the book over and learn how the author created it. If you've ever wondered how comic-book letterers get all those words to fit into speech bubbles, or what the heck a rapidograph or liquid frisket is, this is your book.

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