Booktalk: The Making of a Graphic Novel by Prentis Rollins

Many times when I pick nonfiction books to share with classes, I’m picking topics that interest me, like science, history, and food.  But when I’m talking about instructional books, it’s easier for me to talk about topics that are more interesting to my teens than they are to me.  And even if I am interested, I know that I don’t have enough skill to make jewelry, knit and crochet cool accessories and adorable creatures, or write and draw a graphic novel.  The Making of a Graphic Novel is a great book to share with classes because it will appeal to aspiring writers and artists, as well as everyone who wants to learn more about the universe in which human beings can no longer sleep.  Most people know Prentis Rollins because of his artwork, but The Resonator story proves that he has great writing skills, as well.


After the wars and after the famines, humans stopped sleeping.  No one knew how or why it happened.  Maybe people were genetically altered by the Probe Corporation.  Maybe it was just the next step in man’s evolution.  But whatever the reason, humans can no longer sleep on their own.  They either need drugs … or they need a resonator.  But resonators are illegal.  In fact, possessing, transporting, or using a resonator is punishable by death.  When Bronsen, a uranium miner, goes to a sleep merchant, he is going to sleep for the first time since he was three years old.  Bronsen knows that asking for a resonator is is both illegal and dangerous.  What he doesn’t know is that the resonator is a living, breathing thing.  He also doesn’t know that the resonator will allow him to dream for the very first time … and that this dream will change his life.

This half of the book contains the graphic novel The Resonator.  After you finish it, flip the book over to read the other half, called The Making of a Graphic Novel.  This half of the book will take you through the entire process of putting a graphic novel together.  From writing the story to pencilling, inking, and lettering, Prentis Rollins will guide you through every step of the way.  If you like graphic novels and want to make your own someday, this one-of-a-kind book is for you.

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