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Celebrate Rush with The Making of Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel from Fantoons

Fantoons has announced the official Rush graphic novel chronicling the making of the band’s classic album A Farewell to Kings; the first in their ongoing relationship with the famous rock n’ roll power trio.

The legendary Canadian band is one of the most influential rock bands in modern history, with more than 40 million records sold worldwide, with nods to fandom throughout pop culture, including such films as I Love You Man, and the popular television show Billions

This epic, fully authorized graphic novel chronicles the birth of Rush’s classic album A Farewell to Kings. Relive the production trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to such tracks as “Closer to the Heart,” and the majestic “Xanadu”. The book is co-written by Fantoons’ David Calcano and Lindsay Lee, and features artwork by Juan Riera and Ittai Manero. The story was written with input from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and album producer Terry Brown, who also penned the foreword.

Previous releases through the partnership between the band and publisher have included 2015’s RUSHToons by Fantoons Vol. 2112, and Where’s Geddy, Alex and Neil Vol. 1. In July of 2019, Fantoons will release a unique, fully authorized coloring book, with 70 evocative illustrations packed with gorgeous RUSH artwork and references from Moving Pictures to Clockwork Angels.

The 144 page hardcover is out on September 10, 2019.

The Making of Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel

The Grateful Dead Partners with Z2 Comics for Grateful Dead Origins in 2020

With the recent success of partnerships with BabyMetal, Andy Black and Skillet, Z2 Comics continues to solidify their place as the premier creator of music-affiliated graphic novels. The company has entered in to their largest partnership to date creating a graphic novel for the iconic Grateful Dead.

Grateful Dead Origins takes an in depth and personal look at the formation of one of the most important American rock bands of all time, exploring the early days of Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Pigpen, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart. The story of the band’s transformation from a bar band performing as the Warlocks to becoming the creators of their own sound and forefathers for the jamband culture is depicted in the original story written by Chris Miskiewicz and illustrated by Noah Van Sciver. The graphic novel will be scheduled for release in early 2020.

Grateful Dead Origins will be available in a standard edition and a limited run collectors deluxe edition. The standard edition will come in a softcover version that will feature an exclusive download of Grateful Dead music from their early years to serve as a companion to the graphic novel. The limited run collector’s deluxe edition will come in a hardcover, oversized, individually-numbered coffee table edition featuring prints and autographed by the comic creators. It will also come with a selection of unreleased Grateful Dead music from the era on vinyl. Pre-orders are now available for all configurations of Grateful Dead Origins.

Criminal Expands its Bad Weekend

Bad Weekend

The second and third issues of Ed Brubaker and Sean PhillippsCriminal was a meta story revolving around two comic creators and a convention which had a lot in common with San Diego Comic-Con. In time for the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con a new edition of “Bad Weekend” will be released with all-new material.

The story focuses on Hal Crane who uses his trip to a convention to find out what happened to some missing artowkr.

Published by Image Comics, the new hardcover edition will feature expanded scenes and is being described as “expanded and remastered.”

Bad Weekend will be released July 10 in comic book stores, with a July 16 release date for bookstores.

You can read our review of the second and third issues.

Young Mozart Explores the Childhood of the World’s Greatest Musical Genius

With the graphic novel Young Mozart, cartoonist William Augel provides a tender and playful glimpse into the life of the world’s greatest musical genius, based on real events in his childhood. Little Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lives only for music. The young virtuoso is looking for (and finding) inspiration all around him: in the sounds of birds, crickets and frogs; in the cries of his sister; even in the poop of his dog.

For comic readers, the whimsical storytelling (and most especially the scenes with a boy and his dog) will recall the charm of Charles Shultz’s Peanuts…. But with more music (and more historically accurate info). It’s a charming tale, riddled with good humor, and, yes, real musical chords.

The book has been endorsed by Joanne Pearce Martin, the Principal Keyboardist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic who writes:

Wolferi’s inspired musical antics spark the reader’s imagination. It’s a wonderful mix of historically accurate information and humor that brings out the playful child inside of all of us. You’ll have so much fun during the journey, you won’t realize how much you’ve learned!

The internationally renowned publisher Humanoids has been expanding its storytelling focus with BIG, which features all ages and YA graphic novels–including the acclaimed Bigby Bear by Philippe Coudray.  And now Humanoids will publish Young Mozart in bookstore on April 23 and in comic book stores on April 24.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities Comes to Shops April 24

Limerence Press brings a brand new installment of the “Quick & Easy” series! If you loved the A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, which topped a number of “Best of” lists last year. You’ll want to pick up Mady G and J.R. Zuckerberg’s YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominated and the Publishers Weekly star reviewed A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities, out April 24th! 

In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and J.R. Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBTQ+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys! 

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities will be launching with a signing with Mady G and J.R. Zuckerberg at Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe, & Activist Center (172 Allen Street, New York) on April 24th from 7pm – 9:30pm.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

Preview: Pilu of the Woods

Pilu of the Woods

(W/A/C/CA) Mai K. Nguyen
Age Rating: All Ages — Genre: Literary/Fantasy
Price: $12.99 softcover, $17.99 hardcover — Page Count: 160

A heartwarming story of friendship, loss, and finding your way home from debut author/illustrator Mai K. Nguyen!

Willow loves the woods near her house. They’re calm and quiet, so different from her own turbulent emotions, which she keeps locked away. When her emotions get the better of her one day, she decides to run away into the woods.

There, she meets Pilu, a lost tree spirit who can’t find her way back home—which turns out to be the magnolia grove Willow’s mom used to take her to. Willow offers to help Pilu, and the two quickly become friends.

But the journey is long, and Pilu isn’t sure she’s ready to return home yet—which infuriates Willow, who’s determined to make up for her own mistakes by getting Pilu back safely. As a storm rages and Willow’s emotions bubble to the surface, they suddenly take on a physical form, putting both girls in danger… and forcing Willow to confront her inner feelings once and for all.

Pilu of the Woods

Preview: Steven Universe: Camp Pining Play OGN SC

Steven Universe: Camp Pining Play OGN SC

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Nicole Mannino
Artist: Lisa Sterle
Colorist: Nimali Abeyratne
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artist: Francesca Perrone
Price: $14.99

When Peridot and Lapis discover Camp Pining Play fanfiction, they fall in love with Lars’ secret story and decide to put on a live performance for Beach City! With Steven, Connie, and the Crystal Gems, Peridot and Lapis become true thespians and work together to find a solution when parts of the story remind Lapis of her time with Jasper and jeopardize the play’s production.

Join writer Nicole Mannino (This is Not Fiction) and artist Lisa Sterle (Long Lost) in this newest Steven Universe story that will prove there’s no stopping Steven and the Crystal Gems when the show must go on!

Steven Universe: Camp Pining Play OGN SC

Preview: Clyde

Clyde

Jim Benton (w & a & c)

An all-new original graphic novel by the author of The New York Times-bestselling series Dear Dumb Diary. When Clyde the bear decides to ditch his safe and peaceful life in Cubville and head off for the mean streets of Grizzly City, he learns, with the help of a reformed juvenile delinquent butterfly, the Bad Life isn’t always so great, and there’s something to be said for helping your friends and family even though that really does kind of stink a little.

TPB • FC • $9.99 • 104 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-447-3

Clyde

Review: Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America

Have you ever wondered why Cannabis is illegal in the United States? Writer and artist Box Brown takes us through the history in Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America.

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Music and Horror Join Forces in Dead Beats from A Wave Blue World

Indie comic publisher A Wave Blue World has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Dead Beats, a horror anthology inspired by SyFy’s Haunted Collector and CBS’s Twilight Zone, incorporating music themes to bring an additional edge.  

Dead Beats, curated by Eric Palicki and Joe Corallo, will be feature a diverse group of industry-shaping storytellers and artists, including recently announced Dwayne McDuffie Award winners Ivy Noelle Weir and Christina “Steenz” Stewart, GLAAD Nominated Magdalene Visaggio, Emmy-nominated writer of Late Show With Stephen Colbert’s Daniel KibblesmithDoom Patrol’s Rachel Pollack and Richard Case, Suicide Squad’s Vita Ayala, Women in Comics Collective International co-founder Regene Sawyer, and more.

This music-themed horror anthology centers around the proprietor of a music store that contains a number of unusual artifacts. As the “shoppe keeper” guides readers through the shop, each creator will weave a haunting tale revealing the origin of these mysterious items.

A Wave Blue World is asking readers to be involved and to support Dead Beats Kickstarter Campaign by preordering Dead Beats, selecting Exclusive awards offered including original art by artists like Jen Hickman and an one-on-one portfolio review with Joe Illidge, A Wave Blue World’s Editorial Director, formerly editor at DC Comics, Lionforge, and Valiant, or simply just pledging to be included in the backers page.

Dead Beats
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