Among the crew of illustrators and writers on the staff here, everyone has their short list of inspiration and work that basically informs all we do! From some of my favorites comes 'Rock Toons ( 1987)' by Dutfoy and Farron. An illustrated rough history of popular music from the past 80 odd years.
Beautifully illustrated and written, in that 'french line-style', this beauty is a must. I could swear this must've been a huge inspiration for 'Ed Piskor's celebrated Hip Hop Graphic Novel's ( though he let me know he'd never actually seen this). But nevertheless, I hold this book as the standard of where I want to see all of my work! Recommended!