Rebellion Announces Comic Book Punks: How a Generation of Brits Reinvented Pop Culture

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“2000 AD” publisher Rebellion have announced Comic Book Punks: How a Generation of Brits Reinvented Pop Culture, a non-fiction book by Karl Stock looking back on the impact of British writers and artists on comic books in the 1980s. Based on years of interviews with the era’s creatives and editors, Stock’s book will look back on the early careers of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and more, telling “the story of the triumphs and disasters that rewrote the rulebook on what comics could be and who they should be for.”

Stock, a “2000 AD” veteran, states, “The creative revolution which occurred in British comics and spread across the Atlantic at the end of the 20th century had the same kind of pop cultural impact as Britain’s great record labels or city-based music scenes, yet until now it hasn’t been recorded in-depth on the same terms as these other hugely influential movements. Writing this history of an era, a stack of great comics and a group of visionary creators which crackled with genre-redefining invention has been an honour and a great pleasure, and hopefully reading it’s as entertaining and revealing as the research process.”

Editor Ben Smith says, “Stock has written the definitive account of a generation of comic book creators that turned the entire medium on its head, as important for the graphic novel as the New Hollywood filmmakers of the ’60s and ’70s were for cinema. Stock’s meticulous research, breadth of reading and one-to-one interviews make this group biography unmissable. Peeling back the layers of influence, collaboration and inspiration that saw ever-lasting works of importance created, Stock also finds the lost and overlooked narratives that opened the doors to the escalating ambition of these artists and writers. As we have sadly lost too many creators from that era in recent years, the timing of this book couldn’t be more important in explaining and marking their legacy.”

Comic Book Punks will be released on November 22, 2023.

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