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The Art of Neil Gaiman

WHO OWNS THE FUTURE Convincing users to give away information in exchange for free services, firms accrue large amounts of data at virtually no cost. Instead of paying each individual for their contribution wealth is concentrated in the hands of the few who control the data centers. In Who Owns the Future (R230), virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier imagines an alternative, where economic power is given back to creators through a system that would point to the source of any piece of information, creating an economy of micropayments to compensate creators for original material posted.

In The Art of Neil Gaiman (R666) Hayley Campbell tells (and shows) the full story of the amazing creative life of the creator of American Gods, Coraline, The Sandman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and my personal favourite Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett). Never-before-seen manuscripts, notes, cartoons, drawings and personal photographs from Neil’s own archive, are complemented by artworks and sketches from all his major works and his own intimate recollections. Each project is examined in turn, from short stories to songwriting, stage plays to radio plays, journalism to filmmaking, and positioned in the wider narrative of Gaiman’s creative life.

Postdigital Artisans Graphic Design Visionaries In Graphic Design Visionaries (R869) Caroline Roberts presents the story of graphic design through the fascinating personal stories and significant works that have shaped the field. The book profiles masters of typography, visionary magazine designers, designers who influenced the world of film, like Saul Bass and the creators of iconic poster work. This is a dynamic and richly illustrated guide to the individuals whose vision has defined the world of graphic design. Some of my favourite’s included in the book are M/M Paris, Tomato, Pentagram, Stefan Sagmeister, Vaughn Oliver, Peter Saville and Tibor Kalman.

Digital technology has irreversibly changed how we see, think and act. Right now, more people are gazing at a screen than looking out a window. But touch screens don’t eliminate the need to touch something more palpable… Postdigital Artisans (R975) by Jonathan Openshaw profiles 60 contemporary artists and designers that are inescapably influenced by the digital world but reject strictly screen-based design and total reliance on automated production, such as 3D printing. Advocating a return to craft, with objects made from clay, metal, glass and wood, they see materials as the heart of art, design, fashion and architecture.

Kurt Cobain: The Last Session It’s July 1993, New York City. Nirvana is busy promoting their new album In Utero when they are photographed by Jesse Frohman and interviewed by Jon Savage. Nine months later, Cobain killed himself. It was the last formal photo shoot Nirvana ever did, and one of the last major interviews Cobain ever gave. More than twenty years after his death, Kurt Cobain: The Last Session (R745) includes previously unpublished material, and is accompanied by new commentary from Frohman and Savage. Frohman’s 100-plus photographs, including contact sheets, get to the heart of one of the most beloved bands of all time, at the height of their success and the moment when everything was starting to unravel.

Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records

Against The Wall Known for her unique approach to canvas and her thought-provoking subject matter, Marlene Dumas is widely considered one of today’s most important painters. In Against The Wall (R825) the featured works have evolved primarily from media imagery and newspaper clippings documenting Israel and Palestine. While the paintings comprise a critique of what is sometimes referred to by opponents of the West Bank barrier as the “apartheid wall,” they ultimately lament the failure of co-existence and the tragic human condition of segregation. 54

Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records (R895) by Soul Jazz Books features the amazing artwork of thousands of disco record cover designs from the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. Together, the record cover designs gathered here create a unique visual history of disco culture. Featuring more than 2,000 album cover designs (including hundreds of full-size covers) as well as over 700 12-inch sleeves, this book is an encyclopedic document of disco music and the industry and culture attending it. Among the many musicians featured here are James Brown, Donna Summer, Chic, Giorgio Moroder, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, Isaac Hayes and Kool and the Gang.

Mengelmoes Gang Town In Gang Town (R225) by Don Pinnock, the former editor of Getaway magazine and expert on gangsterism investigates why Cape Town is one of the most violent cities on earth. The top-selling investigative journalist and criminologist, wrote the seminal The Brotherhoods: Street Gangs and State Control, Gangs, Rituals and Rites of Passage. In gang-ridden areas, poverty destroys families and the police force cannot curb the violence. In Gang Town, Pinnock asks gangsters and their families why young people are drawn to gang culture. THE LAKE

Mengelmoes is a six-part comic written and drawn by Willem Samuel, who studied in Stellenbosch under Anton Kannemeyer and gained experience at Strika Entertainment. Recently launched in Cape Town at The Book Lounge and published in the UK by Soaring Penguin Press, the first issue (R150) deals with Samuel as a teenage boy, growing up in the 1990s. Like any teenager, the world is a confusing place, where you have to find your friends and discover who your enemies are. In Mengelmoes, you’ll experience South Africa as he saw it, including the many and varied flights of imagination. Oh, and Mengelmoes? It means mish-mash.

Gofu #1 “Hunted to extinction, the last gofu must flee 
with his only friend and find a new home...” Gofu #1 (R50) is the first of a limited edition, six-part mini-series fantasy comic, written, drawn and self-published by Cape Town based Deon de Lange. De Lange is one of the founders of Indie Comics SA, an online shop specializing in self-published South African comic books and related materials and merchandise. Gofu touches on the serious themes and consequences of greed and the effects of hunting a creature to the brink of extinction.

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