Edinburgh-based graphic artist Edward Ross uses comics to guide the reader through cinema's history and to illustrate the ideas and concepts behind classic and cult films. If you are a Filmhouse regular, you might already be familiar with his insightful comic book essays on film theory - intelligent yet accessible (and downright fun) pamphlets that take on subjects as diverse as food on film, point of view and set design.
Expanding and improving on the previous publications, Filmish: A Graphic Journey through Film takes us on a journey through the annals of cinematic history, managing to be both educational and engaging.
The author's simple, clean stylehelps demystify some of the more complex and confusing aspects of film theory, making this book a great introductory read for aspiring film scholars everywhere. Each chapter of the book managed to dissect a different theme in an illuminating way - Ross lucidly tackles issues such as the body, power and ideology, technology and technophobia whilst exploring scenes from a wide range of cinematic triumphs. If you are in any way interested in film, I can't possible recommend Filmish enough - it's smart, authoritative, but most of all, entertaining.
Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film is published on 12 November by Self-Made Hero.