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Panels to Chords: Getting Long Lost in Music with Matthew Erman

It feels like music and comics are tying together more and more with numerous comics being influenced by music and creators releasing playlists to go along with their latest issues. That’s where “Panel to Chords” comes in bringing comics and music together for discussion.

On this episode is special guest Matthew Erman, the writer of Long Lost which is published by Scout Comics. Follow Matthew on Twitter @MatthewErman

Matthew’s Spotify playlist for Long Lost:

Ben and Madi’s playlist:

The Realm, Vol. 1 hits stores alongside Me Like Bees EP this March

Co-creators Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun, with colorist Nick Filardi and letterer Thomas Mauer, will release The Realm, Vol. 1—which collects issues #1-5 of the ongoing dark fantasy series—this March from Image Comics. Musical group Me Like Bees will simultaneously release their companion EP, “The River Divides,” comprised of five tracks inspired by the series.

Fifteen years ago, our world was overrun.

Creatures of myth—orcs, dragons, and other nameless horrors—threw the entire planet into total chaos. Among the wreckage of society, the survivors scrape and struggle to survive. Now, a powerful sorcerer marshals his forces, and a group of warriors must embark on a journey to reclaim our world from the growing darkness.

The Realm, Vol. 1 (Diamond code: JAN180692, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0501-4) hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 28th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 12th.

The Realm, Vol. 1 arrives in bookstores Tuesday, April 3rd.

Panel to Chords: Music in Comics with Atla Hrafney

It feels like music and comics are tying together more and more with numerous comics being influenced by music and creators releasing playlists to go along with their latest issues. That’s where “Panel to Chords” comes in bringing comics and music together for discussion.

In this episode Alta Hrafney joins Ben and Maddi to chat.

Atla Hrafney is a professional comic editor and writer who can be followed on Twitter @AtlaTheWriter.

Follow Maddi @madisonrbutler
Follow Ben @ScaryCleve

Valiant’s Doctor Mirage Comes to Life in Second Lives, A Sound of Thunder Heavy Metal Concept Album Now on Kickstarter

Washington, DC area metal band A Sound of Thunder and comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment are teaming up for “Second Lives” – an all-new EP inspired by the paranormal investigator known as Doctor Mirage!

The “Second Lives” 5-song EP is being offered exclusively via Kickstarter as a companion to A Sound of Thunder’s new album “It Was Metal.” The EP features original cover art by The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage series artist Roberto de la Torre. Fans have until November 13th to pre-order the CD, which will be a limited numbered and autographed edition.

Doctor Mirage talks to the dead, but the only spirit Shan Fong-Mirage couldn’t find was that of her late husband, Hwen. After a perilous trip through the underworld, the two have been reunited, but Hwen is still an intangible spirit of the dead…incapable of opening a spell book or even touching his wife. Now, Valiant’s investigators of the occult and arcane use their gifts to solve homicides, bring peace to the recently bereaved, and look for answers to the mystery that haunts them most: how to restore Hwen’s solid form…

In September 2015, Valiant and A Sound of Thunder teamed up for a concept album inspired by New Orleans’ nocturnal guardian… Shadowman!


Dark Nights: Metal Gets a Soundtrack

Fans of both rock music and comic books received a double shot of awesome at New York Comic Con as DC Entertainment announced an upcoming collaboration with Warner Bros. Records to produce a soundtrack featuring songs inspired by Dark Nights: Metal, this year’s blockbuster comic book event reuniting the best-selling Batman talent team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo.

The record will be a six track EP.

Production of the soundtrack will be guided by two of the recording industry’s brightest stars, Tyler Bates and Mike Elizondo. Bates has produced and composed music for movies, including Watchmen, 300 and the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, as well as television and video games.  He is also the lead guitarist for the rock band Marilyn Manson. Mike Elizondo, Senior Vice President of A&R at Warner Bros. Records, will co-produce the soundtrack with Bates. Elizondo has worked with some of the most prolific artists in hip-hop, most notably Dr. Dre and Eminem. He has also collaborated with popular music acts such as Twenty One Pilots, Muse, Mastodon and Avenged Sevenfold.

Black Canary Releases a Second EP

“From Gotham to Apokolips, songs for broken gods and superwomen.”

In March 2016 Black Canary dropped a 3-track EP via Bandcamp, a great marketing tie-in and something fun for fans of comics and quality music.

Today, a second 3-track EP dropped with three all-new songs for fans of the band to enjoy (and listen to while reading the comics featuring the band). The new EP helps celebrate 70 years of the character.

EP2 features three new songs, “Get in The Car,” “Lost Art,” and “Last Days,” all can be bought as a track or the whole album for $3.50.

The release is the combined awesome of Black Canary writer Brenden Fletcher along with Michelle Bensimon, Joseph Donovan, Ryan Morey, and m van ark. The cover art is by Annie Wu.

You can read about the adventures of the band now in Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming and Black Canary Vol. 2 New Killer Star.

The Archies Meet CHVRCHES

When Riverdale’s upstart rock group The Archies run into trouble during their first tour, they’ll turn to Scottish synth-pop band CHVRCHES for guidance in the new opening arc of The Archies ongoing series!

After completing their first show in May’s The Archies One-Shot, Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, and Reggie hit the road together in October’s The Archies #1 and will learn first-hand that the rock star lifestyle isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Riverdale’s rockin’ teens find themselves at a critical point while on tour in November’s The Archies #2 when they come across CHVRCHES’ frontwoman Lauren Mayberry and instrumentalists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, who look to set them on the right path.

Writers Alex Segura & Matthew Rosenberg are no strangers to mixing the real-life world of music with the colorful fantasies of Archie and the gang.

CHVRCHES will be the first real life musical act to have their comic book counterparts meet Archie and the gang in the new ongoing series beginning with a cameo appearance in The Archies #2 and a guest-star role in December’s The Archies #3.

The new series debuts in comic shops and on digital platforms just in time for New York Comic Con on October 4th, 2017 and features artwork by Joe Eisma, colorist Matt Herms, and letterer Jack Morelli.

The world of music is crossing over in the pages of your favorite comics – who do you want to see meet The Archies next?


Z2 Comics’ Murder Ballads Gets a Single and a Preview

Z2 Comics has published the eagerly anticipated Murder Ballads original soundtrack by bluesman Robert Finley and Grammy-Award winner Dan Auerbach and the graphic novel by writer Gabe Soria and artists Paul Reinwand and Chris Hunt, now on sale wherever books are sold. The Murder Ballads Original Soundtrack includes Finley and Auerbach’s cover of the classic Leadbelly song “In the Pines” and four original songs—“Bang Bang,”“Butter Sandwich”, “The Empty Arms” and “Three Jumpers”—created specifically by Finley and Auerbach to accompany the Murder Ballads graphic novel about the music industry and redemption. The standard edition Murder Ballads graphic novel includes downloadable codes to the original soundtrack.

Z2 Comics has released the single “Bang Bang” from the Murder Ballads original soundtrack, which is only available with the purchase of the graphic novel and will not be sold separately:

A meditation on music, obsession and how far someone will go to see their vision become real, MURDER BALLADS follows the fall and reinvention of Nate Theodore, the dead-broke and deadbeat owner of a failing record label who is on a cross-country drive in the dead of winter, fleeing the wreckage of his business and trying to save his crumbling marriage. Nate is given an unexpected chance to reverse his fortunes when, during a stop in a desolate rust belt town, he “discovers” Donny and Marvell Fontweathers, two African-American brothers who play a raucous brand of doom-laden country blues.

Later this fall, Mondo will also release a Limited Edition Murder Ballads Original Vinyl Soundtrack and Graphic Novel which will retail for $200, featuring original album cover art by Jon Langford. Langford’s the acclaimed visual artist by and large best known for his striking portraits of country and rock music icons including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. In addition limited edition prints by Tyler Boss will be released.

Me Like Bees Teams with Image Comics in New Music Video

Music and comics are being tied together more and more and we have another example. Me Like Bees is teaming up with Image Comics for a soundtrack for the new comic series The Realm.

A music video for the first of five singles “The River Divides” has been released. You can watch it below.

The Realm is a post-apocalyptic high fantasy comic series about a group who are coming to grips with a hostile new world. They also struggle with their checkered pasts that pale in comparison to the horrors they are forced to survive daily.

The Realm is out in comic shops September 13. The series was co-created by Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun. It also features colors by Nick Filardi and letters by Thomas Mauer.


Cee Lo and Teen Titans Go!, a Musical Combination That Falls Flat

The Night Begins to Shine” by B.E.R. is some 80s-inspired electro-soul music that’s well know to Teen Titans Go!, the popular cartoon geared towards kids. The song, a favorite of Vic Stone aka Cyborg, is the heart of a four-part Teen Titans Go! special that kicked off on Cartoon Network this week.

To promote the episode, three new versions of the song along with two other B.E.R. songs heard in the special, are being released through WaterTower Music. One of those new recordings is by Cee Lo Green, a musical artist with a troubling past in actions and words, and one musician a show aimed at kids shouldn’t be embracing. The singer has had legal issues including drug charges, accusations of rape, and a defence of rape of which he had to walk back (and that was also to defend Bill Cosby).

In August 2014 the singer pleaded no contest to one felony count of “furnishing a controlled substance – a charge stemming from a July 2012 incident in which a woman accused the singer of slipping ecstasy into her drink.” He was ordered to complete 360 hours of community service.

But, that “controlled substance” charge was the tip of the iceberg as the woman he slipped the drug too also accused him of rape after waking up naked in the singer’s bed not remembering anything. The prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to file rape charges of an intoxicated person (some reports say the prosecutors found it to be consensual).

Then the singer defended the action Tweeting:

If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously, so WITH implies consent. People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!

The singer then apologized for the Tweet with:

I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.


I do realize in retrospect that it was highly sensitive, what I tweeted – highly irresponsible. It did stem from emotion causing some involuntary action, and I do believe that, maybe just possibly, we could all give each other a margin for human error.

The year of those charges Cee Lo quit the popular television show The Voice to avoid being fired, which rumors indicate all revolved around his legal troubles at the time. NBC called it a “mutual decision.” He was booted from at least two concerts and TBS cancelled his television show The Good Life over the charges.

Flash forward to 2017 and Green is on a rehabilitation tour attempting to deflect from past issues and rebuild his career and that apparently includes providing music for a kids show. There’s something chilling and nauseating about seeing an accused rapist rehabilitate his reputation and career and partially doing so through a venue aimed at kids is even more sickening. We shouldn’t be enabling this as consumers and shame on WaterTower Music for being complicit in it all and allowing a toxic personality to be involved in something that’s for kids.

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