Superstate is a new graphic novel and accompanying original soundtrack, out 27th August 2021, in association with Z2 Comics. The high-concept world of Superstate encompasses the pairing of an original album soundtrack of 15 new songs from Graham Coxon, with a graphic novel of 15 stories featuring the work of 15 artists, and writers Alex Paknadel and Helen Mullane, with album and book cover artwork by Coxon himself.
Superstate sees Graham Coxon working with co-writers Alex Paknadel and Helen Mullane and 15 graphic artists including Christian Dibari, Marie Llovet, and Ryan Kelly as well as musicians Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne, Sharlene Hector, Valentina Pappalardo, and Vula to realize this reading and listening experience unlike any other. Coxon’s vision is brought to the page by an all-star co-operative of writers and artists who devised stories and visuals inspired by the original concept from Coxon. The creative process has been led by new music written and recorded by Coxon exclusively for Superstate. The result is a visual compendium that features 15 different graphic stories, each accompanied by its own individual soundtrack.
Superstate is about a dystopian world where angels and villains alike promise the people paradise, disenchanted children live feral in vast rubbish dumps and the masses are pacified by a drugged out, government-mandated digital dreamscapes and robot partners while they wait to perish on this dying planet. It seems all hope is gone but there might be one place in the universe where the most desperate can escape… heaven.
The tracklisting and artist credits for Superstate is, as follows:
1. Yoga Town (Artist: Kendall Goode) 2. Uncle Sam (Artist: Eryk Donovan) 3. It’s All In Your Mind (Artist: Andrade Estevez) 4. Only Takes A Stranger (Artist: Anna Readman) 5. L.I.L.Y. (Artists: Luisa Russo) 6. Bullets (Artist: Goran Gligovic) 7. I Don’t Wanna Wait For You (Artist: Ryan Kelly) 8. The Astral Light (Artist: Soo Lee) 9. Heaven (Buy a Ticket) (Artist: Koren Shadmi) 10. The Ball of Light (Artist: Vasilis Lolos) 11. Tommy Gun (Artist: Minerva Fox) 12. Goodbye Universe (Artist: Kim Canales) 13. Butterfly (Artist: Dave Chisholm) 14. We Remain (Artist: Ivan Stojković) 15. Listen (Artist: Taylan Kurtulus)
As well as a standalone digital release, the Superstate soundtrack will be available on vinyl bundled with the book. A deluxe bundle that includes the soundtrack, a hardback copy of the book with an exclusive slipcase and 3 art prints, retails at £73.17 (US$99.99). A limited super deluxe bundle will also include a copy of the book signed by Graham, retailing at £146.34 (US$199.99). In addition, the Superstate book will be available to purchase separately in hardback £21.94 (US$29.99) and paperback £14.63 (US$19.99).
On this episode of Comics Deserve Better, Brian and Logan geek out about the darkly comedic, crime comic 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank by Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss, and Thomas Mauer.
They break down the cast of annoying, yet endearing middle-school-aged characters, their favorite sequences, and the connections that this Black Mask Studios masterpiece has to other works of pop culture. Brian and Logan also discuss the latest indie comics news, including Graham Coxon‘s comic Superstate from Z2, the announcement of Vault‘s queer monster love story Hollow Heart and Geoff Johns and Gary Frank‘s creator-owned series Geiger, and a new ordering format from Scout Comics. They also talk about the upcoming Black Hammer: Visions and their dream creators on the miniseries. Other comics mentioned on the show are We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, Getting It Together, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and 12 Reasons to Die. (Episode art by Tyler Boss)
Z2 Comics has revealed Superstate, an all-new high concept vision of the future. Devised by British musician and artist Graham Coxon (Blur) and featuring the best of 15 graphic artists, is a compendium graphic novel featuring a new original fully-illustrated score from Coxon. This unique music and comic book pairing also features cover artwork by Coxon himself and is available for preorder now, exclusively through Z2’s website.
Superstate sees Graham Coxon working with co-writers Alex Paknadel and Helen Mullane and 15 graphic artists including Christian Dibari, Marie Llovet, and Ryan Kelly, to realise this reading and listening experience which is unlike any other. Coxon’s vision is brought to the page by an all-star co-operative of writers and artists who devised stories and visuals inspired by the original concept from Coxon. The creative process has been lead by new music written and recorded by Coxon exclusively for Superstate earlier this year. The result is visual compendium that features 15 different graphic stories, each accompanied by it’s own individual track.
For the viewer, the Superstate is everywhere, and its authority is absolute: Yoga Town is a city without hope. While they wait to leave the earth, the 1% can bend reality to their will, they live in a consequence-free world where anything goes. Meanwhile, the masses are pacified by a drugged out, government-mandated digital dreamscape while they wait to perish on this dying planet. But there is still hope. Angels roam the earth. With their help, maybe some rebellious spirits can start to make a change.
Experience 15 surreal and sometimes disturbing tales of rebellious fembots, celebrity turkey shoots, violent astral projection and an all-new take on the TV dinner.
Superstate by Graham Coxon is available in March 2021 Regular Softcover Edition Price: $19.99 Standard Hardcover Edition Price: $29.99 Deluxe Edition (Limited to 3,000): $99.99 Super Deluxe Edition (Limited to 500 signed by Graham): $199.99 Pre order HERE.