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

illustrated by Marc Ngui

  • Gold Award, National Parenting Publications
  • “The Year’s Best” List, Resource Links
  • New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age
  • Independent Publisher Book Award, Bronze
  • Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

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

Join indie-guru Hal Niedzviecki on a how-to journey to creating pop culture. In upbeat, spirited writing, Niedzviecki first leads readers through a quick history of entertainment, including its early origins, to the present day, when corporate powers largely determine what we read, hear and view.

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—even developing video games). Quick and easy do-in-a-day project ideas are included to get things started 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.


“ … 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.”
—VOYA, 08/07

“… a must-have for anyone who wishes to be involved in the media or have their work distributed in the community.”

“… it celebrates all that is great about popular culture rather than only warning against its ‘sinister nature’ and because it really encourages young people to get their voices out there. This book is all about empowerment and provides practical, sound advice about why and how you can get your voice heard!”
—Resource Links, 06/07

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