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Z2 Comics and RZA Announce Bobby Digital: In the Pit of Snake Graphic Novel

Z2 Comics has announced the larger-than-life rapper, actor, and filmmaker RZA is the latest artist to bring his storytelling skills to the comics with the announcement of Bobby Digital and the Pit of Snakes, an original graphic novel to be released in 2022. 

The founding member of the multimedia supergroup The Wu-Tang Clan first introduced the world to his alter-ego with the 1998 album Bobby Digital in Stereo, with lush digital orchestral sounds and inventive beats, putting the rapper’s love of comic books on full display through its concept and execution. Now, exactly 23 years since its original release, RZA announces a partnership with Z2 Comics to give the character a story in the medium which inspired his creation!

Who are you, what is real? This is the question Bobby Digital is seeking to answer. Embracing his id, ego and superego he embarks on a quest to figure out the nature of his reality and himself. He will be ambushed by enemies unknown, he will be tried in ways most men can’t endure. Will he be victorious? Most of all, will he survive the Pit of Snakes?! From the mind of the legendary RZA, Bobby Digital and The Pit of Snakes will coincide with the relaunch of the iconic character and be synced to music that will melt your mind.

Bobby Digital and the Pit of Snakes pairs RZA with White Noise Studios member Ryan O’Sullivan, whose last collaboration with Poppy was widely celebrated by fans and critics alike, with Sound & Fury artist Vasilis Lolos rounding out the team to bring the world of Bobby Digital to life. The book will be release in both softcover and hardcover formats in finer bookstores, comic shops and record stores everywhere in June 2022, with special limited deluxe and super deluxe versions available to preorder now exclusively through the Z2 website

Bobby Digital: In the Pit of Snake

The Last Podcast on the Left Comes to Comics with THe Last Comic Book on the Left

After producing nearly 500 full episodes exploring the darkest corners of humanity and supernatural dread, horror-comedy connoisseurs Marcus Parks, Henry Zebrowski, and Ben Kissel are ushering their Last Podcast on the Left into the strangest realm of all: comic books. The trio has partnered with Z2 Comics to release a new series of graphic novels, beginning with The Last Comic Book on the Left Vol. 1, debuting Spring 2022

The project will pay homage to the storied history of horror comics with a curated, interlocking anthology in the vein of CreepyEerieTales From the Crypt, and The Vault of Horror. Participating creators include the most innovative voices in the genre, including:

  • James Tynion IV (The Department of TruthSomething Is Killing the Children)
  • Rick Veitch (Swamp ThingMiracleman)
  • Bob Fingerman (Minimum WageBeg the Question)
  • Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk Into a BankWhat’s the Furthest Place From Here?)
  • Ryan Cady (Machine Gun Kelly’s Hotel DiabloSublime: $5 at the Door)
  • Eliot Rahal (Machine Gun Kelly’s Hotel Diablo, the upcoming Cheech and Chong’s Chronicles: The Graphic Novel)
  • Morgan Beem (Swamp Thing: Twin BranchesThe Family Trade)
  • Noah Van Sciver (Grateful Dead Originsthe upcoming Cheech and Chong’s Chronicles: The Graphic Novel)
  • Logan Faerber

Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski will also contribute a story to the project, illustrated by legendary artist John McCrea (HitmanThe Boys: Herogasm). Eric Powell (The Goon, Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?), Martin Morazzo (Ice Cream ManHAHA), and Bob Fingerman provide cover art. 

Further embracing the podcast’s marriage of the sinister and silly, deluxe editions of The Last Comic Book on the Left will also come bundled with a series of prints, revolving around suspiciously erotic cryptids and other spooky surrealism. Artists and subjects include: 

  • Ian McGinty, Detective Popcorn
  • Sean Von Gorman, The Jersey Devil
  • Noah Van Sciver, Bigfoot
  • Jenna Cha, Mothman
  • Norzine, Aum Shinrikyo
  • Martin Morazzo, John Wayne Gacy
  • Logan Faerber, Black Death
  • Courtney Menard, The Rendlesham Forest Incident

The Last Comic Book on the Left Vol. 1 will be available this Spring.

The Last Podcast on the Left

Z2 Comics’ Record Store Day and Local Comic Shop Day Releases!

Z2 continues has revealed its first-ever participation in Record Store Day and Local Comic Shop Day with exclusive products for each!

First up, celebrate 40 years of two of the most iconic singles in rock history with this special one-time book and record set release! This exclusive-colored vinyl single includes rare versions featuring Pat Smear and the Sex Pistols alongside two comic book stories! This special RSD Black Friday package is released in conjunction with Z2 Comics’ complete graphic novel Joan Jett & the Blackhearts- 40 x 40: Bad Reputation/I Love Rock n’ Roll and is inspired by the classic “Read Along Book & Record Sets” also popular in 1981.

The full original graphic anthology pulls together a who’s who list of female creators from the comic book and pop culture worlds, including famed artist Tara McPherson to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 20 classic tracks featured on Joan’s landmark albums Bad Reputation and I Love Rock n’ Roll

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts- 40 x 40: Bad Reputation/I Love Rock n' Roll

Rap legend Chuck D makes his graphic novel debut for Local Comic Shop Day marking the 30th anniversary of the Grammy-nominated album Apocalypse 91: The Enemy Strikes BlackUpon release, the album hit #4 on the Billboard 200 chart and featured powerful anthems “Shut ‘Em Down,” “Can’t Truss It” and “By the Time I Get To Arizona,” a fiery retort to the state governor’s refusal to recognize the new Martin Luther King, Jr national holiday.  

Apocalypse 91: Revolution Never Sleeps 

Featuring an exclusive cover, painted by the legendary emcee himself, Apocalypse 91: Revolution Never Sleeps begins in 1991 and explodes into far-flung futures with a series of speculative fiction stories by the industry’s leading creators, including Evan NarcisseRegine SawyerChe GraysonTroy-Jeffrey Allen, and many more. Revolutionaries in every millennium stand up and fight the power.

The Joan Jett and the Blackhearts- 40×40: Read Along Book and Record Set is available only through participating record stores as part of Record Store Day Black Friday in a  strictly limited edition of only 1,981 copies on colored vinyl. Chuck D Presents- Apocalypse 91: Revolution Never Sleeps features an exclusive cover by Chuck D himself and is available through participating comic shops, in a one time limited edition of 2,000 copies!

As an added holiday shopping bonus, Z2 is offering the last remaining copies of the long sold-out Murder Ballads deluxe edition graphic novel and exclusive 10” vinyl soundtrack by Dan Auerbach and Robert Finley as co-released with Mondo, exclusively through the company’s website

Support your favorite local record store or comic book shop this week with exclusive releases from the publisher that has truly perfected the relationship between the two!

Judas Priest Celebrates 40 Years of Screaming for Vengeance with a Graphic Novel

Z2 Comics has announced that one of the biggest acts in the history of heavy music, Judas Priest, will team with the rapidly growing entertainment brand for an original graphic novel to be released in 2022, in time for the anniversary of their highest selling album of all time, the indisputable classic: Screaming for Vengeance.

Teaming with writers Rantz Hoseley and Neil Kleid, and artist Christopher Mitten, the multi-platinum selling Metal Gods bestow upon their generations of fans their first-ever graphic novel!

500 years from now, a ring of cities orbit high above the surface of a dead world, controlled by a ruling elite that maintains power through manipulation and brutality. When a naïve engineer inadvertently threatens the status quo with his vital scientific discovery… A BLOODSTONE… he is betrayed by those he trusted and cast out to the broken planet below.  In the wreckage and desolation of a broken world where every day is a battle for survival, he must choose between accepting his new life in exile…or SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE.

To further celebrate the creative legacy of this monumental album and landmark anniversary, the graphic novel includes an extensive interview with original cover artist Doug Johnson in which he discusses the process of creating the award-winning album cover design, and the origin of the metallic bird of prey, now known as “The Hellion.” Additionally, as part of the expansion of Z2’s product offerings, newly appointed Z2 Vice President of Collectibles and Aggronautix founder Clint Weiler has designed a detailed Hellion statue, with working “electric eyes” in celebration of both the original album design, and the dramatic conclusion of the story in the Screaming for Vengeance graphic novel

Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengeance will be released in both softcover and hardcover formats in finer bookstores, comic shops and record stores everywhere in July 2022, with special limited deluxe and super deluxe versions featuring an exclusive anniversary vinyl LP, prints and more available to preorder now exclusively through the Z2 website

Z2 Comics & Balmain Partner for Balmain Dreams: 10 Or, a Graphic Novel Celebrating the Historic Fashion House

Z2 Comics has partnered with legendary Parisian fashion house Balmain for a new graphic novel, Balmain Dreams: 10 Or. Containing more than a dozen illustrated short stories, with each tale focused on one signature Balmain runway design, Balmain Dreams: 10 Or is a graphic novel that builds a series of dreamscapes and fantasies directly upon the key inspirations behind iconic Balmain pieces. Z2 Comic timed the release of this new work to coincide with Balmain’s celebrations marking Olivier Rousteing’s ten years as the house’s Creative Director.

The resulting tome features stories by such artistic and comic industry luminaries as David Mack, Colleen Doran, Alitha E. Martinez, Dani, and Bengal.   

A percentage of Balmain Dreams: 10 Or’s proceeds is dedicated to Balmain’s longtime partner, (RED). The house has collaborated with (RED) on multiple projects and products over the years, in order to help raise needed monies for the Global Fund in the fight against HIV/AIDS. With new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths on the decline, and more people accessing life-saving treatment than ever before, the efforts of (RED) and The Global Fund have been critical to the incredible progress that has been made over the past two decades.

However, the recent emergence of COVID-19 puts much of that hard-won progress in jeopardy. It is feared that the impact of COVID-19 on health programs could result in an increase in AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections, as health and community systems are overwhelmed, treatment and prevention programs are disrupted and resources are diverted. (RED) and The Global Fund are working to ensure that urgent funding and resources are sent to the countries that need it most, helping to protect the years of gains made in the AIDS fight.

Balmain Dreams: 10 Or is available directly from Z2 Comics and participating retailers.

Z2 Looks to Expand its Publishing Model into Comedy, Fashion, and Film Worlds, hires John DOmingos

John Domingos

Z2 Comics has announced a new addition to the company’s talent acquisition and development division, ahead of plans to increase the company’s output again in the coming year. 

The company announces the addition of former talent agent John Domingos to help guide the company’s A&R efforts as Z2 expands beyond music and original IP into exciting new territories of film, comedy, pop culture, fashion and professional sports.

John Domingos brings more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry to the role of A & R Liaison at Z2 Comics, with the majority of that spent at the Paradigm Talent Agency, where he worked closely with many of the company’s top clients. A lifelong comic book reader, he often used his expertise to help colleagues and advise clients as they considered, and often booked, roles in the many television and film projects adapted from comics. Prior to his time agenting, John worked in the music industry as a roadie and ran a music label with some friends out of a dorm room while studying at Fordham University.

Z2 Comics & The Estate of Paul Kantner Partner for Sci-Fi Graphic Novel, Blows Against the Empire

Z2 Comics and the Estate of Paul Kantner have announced the adaptation of Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship’s seminal 1970 debut albumBlows Against the Empire, as a new graphic novel. Crafted by vocalist/guitarist Paul Kantner in the wake of Jefferson Airplane, Blows Against the Empire was nominated for a Hugo Award in Best Dramatic Presentation that same year. The concept album revolves around Peter and Serenity, a pair of young lovers on the run from the fascist law enforcement of Amerikon. 

The graphic novel expands upon the universe contained within the album. Exhausted by a life spent barely escaping the clutches of authoritarians, Peter and Serenity reach their breaking point with the world when they discover that Serenity is pregnant. Wanting a better world for their daughter, the pair join with a radical hippie collective to steal an experimental starship that can shepherd them across the galaxy. To create the life their daughter deserves, they’ll challenge an authoritarian superpower, fight to stay true to their compassion and morals, and brave the mysteries of the cosmos.

The album Blows Against The Empire, released in November 1970 (RCA Victor), was a narrative concept album celebrating late-sixties counter-culture, depicting people celebrating mind expansion and free love. As the album was reflective of the period of cross-collaboration among musicians in the Bay Area at the time, it featured guest artists including Grace Slick & Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, as well as David Crosby, Graham Nash, and many more. The album reached number 20 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA.

Writer Ben Kahn joins cover and interior artist G. Romero-Johnson to translate this tale of interstellar hijacking and rebellious love. The deluxe edition includes a limited-edition colored vinyl and prints from G. Romero-Johnson, Kat Crow, and Michael Vincent Bramley.

Pre-orders for Blows Against the Empire are now available exclusively at Z2’s webstore with an expected book release in March 2022. The comic is written by Kahn and features art by Romero Johnson. 

Z2 Comics and Cheech and Chong Partner for a 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel

Z2 Comics is teaming with the comedy duo known affectionately as Cheech and Chong for Cheech and Chong’s Chronicles! Co-written by the two comedy geniuses themselves, their first graphic novel is guaranteed to earn its place alongside such beloved classics as their 1978 film and album “Up in Smoke.”

Totally broke and out of weed, the world’s most iconic stoners–Cheech and Chong–are in a bad way. That is… until they get a call that changes their lives. Cheech’s old friend, a casino manager in Reno needs an emergency opening act for his rock show. If they can make it, the job is theirs. But what begins as a classic American road trip to score a**, grass and cash quickly morphs into a reefer-fueled toke through time in Cheech & Chong’s Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed. This original graphic novel from Z2 Comics is the “real” history of cannabis seen through the bloodshot eyes of the legendary comedy duo, Cheech & Chong.

Released in time for the celebration of the duo’s 50th anniversary of performing together as Cheech and Chong, looking back through the history of cannabis and their own place in it, Cheech & Chong’s Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed is a fictionalized history documenting marijuana’s “influence” on significant people and events throughout time for a collection of hilariously hazy memories and half-truths as told by the masters themselves in partnership with comedian and comics writer Eliot Rahal and artist Noah Van Sciver, with additional artwork from Bob Fingerman, Rick Veitch, Jim Mahfood, and Jason Gonzalez

Cheech and Chong’s Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed will be released in a soft and hardcover edition in finer comic shops and bookstores alike on April 20, 2021 and is also available to preorder now in these and a gorgeous, oversized slipcase deluxe format wraparound cover art by Bob Fingerman, as well as a matching slipmat, a gorgeous print set featuring work from Rick VeitchJim Mahfood and Jason Gonzalez! A third and hyper-limited platinum edition will also be available in a one-time signed edition with special packaging!

NYCC 2021: Z2 Comics Announces an Updated Signing and Event Schedule

Z2 Comics

Z2 Comics is ready to make noise going into this year’s New York Comic Con, having announcing appearances from huge names from music and comics and following up with a slew of items for fans to pick up exclusively at the show!

In partnership with American Musical Supply, fans will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet some of the biggest names behind Z2’s 2021 publishing lineup and supported by exclusive items available only at the convention, while supplies last!

Catch Anthrax to have your  exclusive limited edition print signed at two times on Saturday in Booth #3001:

  • 2-3 pm: Joey BelladonnaFrank BelloCharlie BenanteJon Donais, and Scott Ian of Anthrax
  • 6-7 pm: Joey BelladonnaFrank BelloCharlie BenanteJon Donais, and Scott Ian of Anthrax w/Chuck D

Two special CZARFACE exclusive prints from David Mack and Andres Esparza will be available for the same price, and each limited to 200. 

Catch Esoteric of CZARFACE with artist David Mack on Friday and Saturday for a chance to have yours signed:

  • Friday 6-7 pm: Seamus “Esoteric” Ryan of CZARFACE, and David Mack
  • Saturday 1-2 pm: Seamus “Esoteric” Ryan of CZARFACE and David Mack

Finally, Z2 will offer an additional print featuring art by Chuck D himself, immortalizing his legendary collaboration of “Bring the Noise” with Anthrax, limited to 200 and all only available at booth #3100! All prints will retail on site for $35 each.

Catch Public Enemy‘s Chuck D twice on Saturday for a chance to have yours signed:

  • 12-1 pm: Chuck D of Public Enemy (Apocalypse 91: The Revolution Never Sleeps)
  • 6-7 pm: Chuck D of Public Enemy (Apocalypse 91: The Revolution Never Sleeps) w/Anthrax

Catch My Chemical Romance‘s Mikey Way with Electric Century Co-writer Shaun Simon on Friday:

  • 1-2 pm: Mikey Way and Shaun Simon (Electric Century)

Z2’s full NYCC schedule of events is below:

Friday:
11 am -12 pm: Chris Miskiewicz (Grateful Dead: Origins, This is Where We Fall)
1-2 pm: Mikey Way and Shaun Simon (Electric Century)
3:30 pm: Z2 Comics Presents: The Graphic Album w/Mikey WayEsoteric, and more! (Room 1A21)
6-7 pm: Seamus “Esoteric” Ryan of CZARFACE, and David Mack

Saturday:
12-1 pm: Chuck D of Public Enemy (Apocalypse 91: The Revolution Never Sleeps)
1-2 pm: Seamus “Esoteric” Ryan of CZARFACE
2-3 pm: Joey BelladonnaFrank BelloCharlie BenanteJon Donais, and Scott Ian of Anthrax
3:30 pm: Z2 Comics Presents: Bring the Noise w/Chuck D and Anthrax (Room 1A21)
6pm: Chuck D & Anthrax

Z2 and King Diamond Announce Limited Edition Abigail 18th Century Hearse and Platinum Edition of Abigail Graphic Novel

Z2 Comics and King Diamond have announced a Platinum Edition Bundle of Abigail, the previously announced graphic novelization of the iconic 1987 album. The Abigail Platinum Edition Bundle includes a 15-inch long model of the 18th-century hearse featured on the cover art from Studio Dzyan’s Torbjörn Jörgensen and Thomas Holm—representing the titular Black Horsemen from the album’s ninth and final track.

Set for release in late November 2021, King Diamond’s Abigail exhumes the concept album as a graphic novel, written by King Diamond with Dan Watters (Home Sick PilotsLuciferArkham City) and drawn by Damien Worm (The October FactionDark Souls). The bundle also includes art prints  and greeting cards illustrated by Damien Worm, Dicky Candra, and Torbjörn Jörgensen

King Diamond’s Abigail recounts the story of  Miriam Natias and Jonathan La Fey, a couple who inherit a family mansion in 1845. Unfortunately, their new homestead is inhabited by the ghost of a mummified infant adamant on reclaiming its life.   

The Platinum Edition Bundle of King Diamond’s Abigail Graphic Novel includes:

  • an oversized hardcover deluxe version of the graphic novel
  • a limited edition 15”-long, 8.8-lbs. Abigail 18th Century Hearse
  • a graphic novel slipcase, an Abigail graphic noble picture disc LP
  • five exclusive art prints
  • five exclusive greeting cards 
  • a King Diamond Halloween Mask

King Diamond’s Abigail, The Limited Edition Abigail 18th Century Hearse and the Platinum bundle were both released on Friday, October 1st 2021, available on the Z2 Comics webstore

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