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Z2 Comics and Anthrax’s Among the Living is Out in July

Since the first announcement of the upcoming graphic novel inspired by the titans of thrash metal’s landmark 1987 album, the project has remained one of the most anticipated releases of the year. It’s been announced that the Among the Living graphic novel will be released in stores everywhere on July 6! In an effort to support the comic book specialty market, which had been hardest by the COVID-19 health crisis of the past year, Anthrax and Z2 shipped a surprise limited number of copies early, with stores able to put out for sale this week!

The project pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track-by-track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums with all four members of the classic Anthrax lineup contributing!

An anthology narrated by longtime mascot “The Not Man” newly designed by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and written by Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Blondie: Against the Odds) and illustrated by classic Aliens artist Nelson; Among the Living unites bandmembers Joey BelladonnaFrank BelloCharlie Benante, and Scott Ian, with writers, artists, and other rock legends in a tribute to their landmark 1987 album, featuring covers by JG JonesEric Powell, and a preorder variant from Charlie Benante. Additional interior art and chapter breaks by SawbladeBrian Ewing, and Josh Bernstein.

Scott Ian will contribute an original story inspired by the fan favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD. This will make official the decades long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike, and features art by longtime Dredd artist Chris Weston.

The full lineup can be found below:
1- Among the Living 
Writer: Brian Posehn
Artist: Scott Koblish and Alladin Collar

2- Caught in a Mosh 
Writer: Gerard and Mikey Way
Artist: Darick RobertsonPhillip Sevy and Alladin Collar

3- I Am the Law (featuring Judge Dredd)
Writer: Scott Ian
Artist: Chris Weston and Alladin Collar

4- Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
Writer: Rick Remender and Joe Trohman
Artist: Roland Boschi and Dan Brown

5- A Skeleton in the Closet 
Writer: Corey Taylor
Artist: Maan House

6- Indians 
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Freddie Williams II and Andrew Dalhouse

7- One World  
Writer: Frank Bello
Artist: Andy Belanger and Tatto Caballero

8- A.D.I./Horror of It All
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Dave Johnson

9- Imitation of Life
Writer: Rob Zombie
Artist: Erik Rodriguez and Steve Chanks

Alter Bridge and Z2 Comics Take You on a Tour of Horrors

Z2 Comics has announced this summer’s Alter Bridge: Tour of Horror! In the grand tradition of comic horror anthologies like Tales From the Crypt, Creepy, and Vault of Horror, Marvel writer Emily Ryan Lerner and a cast of top artists take fans on a fun-filled ride of thrills and chills!

To celebrate their comics debut, Alter Bridge will release a first-ever vinyl edition of their 2004 album, One Day Remains, available ONLY with the deluxe graphic novel package, exclusively through the Z2 website, and available for preorder now!

When one of Alter Bridge’s roadies goes missing, they find a GHOULISH replacement! And what better way to pass the time between gigs than with four terrifying tales that are sure to keep you up all night! Join Alter Bridge, writer Emily Ryan Lerner and more for a spine-tingling ride through the supernatural!!!

The Alter Bridge: Tour of Horrors graphic novel comes in at 120 pages and will be released in a standard hardcover edition in comic shops and bookstores alike in November 2021, as well special deluxe, super deluxe edition, and super-duper deluxe editions available for preorder now only through the Z2 website, which will include a special exclusive first-time vinyl edition of the band’s 2004 debut, One Day Remains, in a strictly limited edition of 3,000 copies across three premium editions!

Jason Derulo Teams with Z2 For the Graphic Novel Jason Derulo’s UZO

Z2 Comics is teaming with singer, songwriter, and dancer Jason Derulo with Trill League writer Anthony Piper and Generation X artist Eric Koda for Jason Derulo’s UZO, based on an original idea from the artist himself!

In the distant future, a mysterious asteroid turns the planet into a frozen wasteland where the last gasps of humanity fight over dwindling resources. A lone champion named Uzo becomes the last hope for both his village and the planet!

Jason Derulo’s UZO has been translated from the influential artist’s vision to print by writer Anthony Piper along with artist Eric Koda, with an exclusive limited deluxe version to include prints by artists Anthony WashingtonRaymond Gay, and Andres Mossa, and interior artist Eric Koda. This expansive new story arrives in finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere just in time for Halloween cosplay, with all editions, including the exclusive deluxe and signed super deluxe hardcovers available to preorder directly from Z2 now!

Jason Derulo’s UZO

Z2 Comics and Universal Announce a Freddie Mercury Graphic Novel

Z2 Comics is partnering with Universal Music Group and Mercury Songs Ltd for Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs, the first-ever graphic novel paying tribute to one of the greatest figures the music world has ever known. 
 
A first in the comics format, Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs will be a journey through Freddie’s life; from his childhood in Zanzibar and India’, through his formative years in England, to becoming the rock star, known and loved by millions around the globe. The story is told in his own words, with each chapter giving a glimpse into the many facets of his life. 
 
Written by Tres Dean, the graphic novel will give true insight into the many experiences that helped shape the young Farrokh Bulsara and his compelling existence, both on and off stage—that was the life of Freddie Mercury, Lover of Life, Singer of Songs.
 
Following up on the tremendous success of the Oscar-winning 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody, and inspired by the book Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words,  compiled by Greg Brooks and Simon Lupton, this upcoming graphic novel will be another essential addition to the bookshelf or coffee table of fans new and old, sumptuously illustrated by Kyla SmithRobin RichardsonSafiya Zerrougui, Tammy Wang, and Amy Liu, with accompanying cover painting by David Mack
 
Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs is available for preorder in standard 136-page softcover ($19.99) and hardcover ($29.99) editions, released in finer comic shops, book and record stores in November. Available exclusively through Z2 in a special hardcover deluxe edition for $99.99 complete with an exclusive vinyl LP, as well as limited edition prints by Sarah JonesKyla Smith, and Sanya Anwar. Reserve your copy today!

Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Celebrate 40 Years with a Graphic Anthology

Z2 Comics has announced they will rock with the Queen of Rock n’ Roll; the woman who made it her anthem, and a battle cry for generations, Joan Jett. The collaboration celebrates the 40th anniversary of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Bad Reputation”.

This 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 and the Blackhearts- 40×40: Bad Reputation/I Love Rock n’ Roll is written and drawn by some of the most renowned female creators from around the world, and is available for preorder now for a fall release in softcover and hardcover editions at finer comic shops, book, and record stores worldwide. Exclusively available through Z2’s website in limited quantities are the deluxe and super deluxe versions, packaged with exclusive vinyl, art prints and much more. To celebrate this 40th Anniversary, a “platinum edition” is available in an extremely limited quantity of just 40 units and includes a new Epiphone Guitar, gig bag, and signed certificate of authenticity. Reserve yours today!

Hilltop Hoods Present: Noctis this Fall with Z2 Comics

Z2 Comics continues to define the relationship between music and comics; bringing together the comics industry’s best talent with recording acts from around the world! This time the publisher heads down under to bring one of Australia’s biggest musical groups to outer space in Hilltop Hoods Present: Noctis this fall, and available for preorder through Z2 now!

WELCOME TO SPACE STATION NOCTIS! Grab your standard-issue Normality Normalizer™ and hang on to reality for dear life! Pressure, Suffa & DJ Debris are the Hilltop Hoods and Noctis’ newest inmates—er, recruits—when an anti-space incident infests the base with demonic aliens from another dimension! With the barriers between realities breaking down, it’s up to the Hoods to reverse the bleed before a nightmare god takes hold!

Written in partnership with the artists themselves, who are also characters in the book, Noctis adds writer Scott Dooley and Andrew Archer with art by Jeff Nice, and will be released in comic shops and bookstores everywhere this October, with multiple editions available for preorder through Z2 now, including a deluxe and super deluxe edition, featuring limited edition art prints, vintage trading cards, sticker sheet and more!

Hilltop Hoods Present: Noctis

Patrick Kindlon and Goran Gligovic Want You to Run the Dungeon with this Comic and RPG

Z2 Comics has been a home for music-inspired graphic novels, and further that no pairing is alike, introducing an original graphic novel by Patrick Kindlon and artist Goran Gligovic, with an original soundtrack by Kindlon’s band Self Defense Family. The result is one of Z2’s most immersive experiences yet, blending comic book storytelling, music, and an original and completely playable RPG, Run the Dungeon.

Relst is just your average young man. Except he is stuck in an Endless Dungeon. Follow his “adventures” through the Dungeon hoping to escape to the surface world. Run the Dungeon is for fans of witty fantasy adventures everywhere. It includes a soundtrack from Self Defense Family and an original pen and paper RPG based off of the book.

The Run the Dungeon graphic novel comes in at over 100 pages of fun and will be released in a standard softcover edition in comic shops and bookstores alike in August 2021, as well a special deluxe edition available for preorder now only through the Z2 website, which will include a special exclusive vinyl edition Self Defense Family’s original soundtrack in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies! Standard editions include a code to download the soundtrack through Bandcamp.

Run the Dungeon

Z2 Comics and Agnez Mo Team for Don’t Wake Up

Z2 Comics continues to bring musicians from every genre to the sequential arts, pairing these performers with top artists and writers for an authentic experience for music fans and comics lovers alike. Next up, the publisher teams with Indonesian singer and actress Agnez Mo for Don’t Wake Up, an all-new original graphic novel, written by Karla Pacheco, and featuring art by Peter V. Nguyen and Andres Labrada.

Inspired by singer Agnez Mo’s hit music video “Long As I Get Paid,” comes an atypical avenging angel. Walking between the dreamscape and reality, existing outside the forces of good and evil, she follows her own moral code. And her methods of delivering justice aren’t swift, which is not good news for John, an unsuspecting artifacts dealer with a nasty pastime and a willful insistence on his own virtue. Don’t Wake Up is Catwoman meets The Sandman, where creator Agnez Mo and writer Karla Pacheco will transport you into the dreamscape, seduce you into the heist of a lifetime, and pull you into a battle of gods for the ages.

Don’t Wake Up has been translated from the young artist’s vision to print by writer Karla Pacheco along with artists Peter K. Nguyen and Andres Labrada, with an exclusive limited deluxe version to include prints by artists N. Steven HarrisJohn McGuinnessGabe Sapienza, and interior artist Peter V. Nguyen. This immersive new story arrives in finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere this fall, with all editions, including the exclusive deluxe hardcover available to preorder directly from Z2 now!

Don't Wake Up

Z2 and Teddy Swims Team for Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song

Z2 Comics has announced their newest collaboration, this time with singer-songwriter Teddy Swims. The book portrays an imaginative adventure through the lens of a teddy bear, a format that will appeal to all ages!

Teddy Swims: Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song follows the adorable anthropomorphic Teddy Bear version of Teddy and the elephantine versions of his bandmates. Get ready to meet the Bear behind the band! In this all-ages graphic novel collaboration between Teddy Swims and Z2 Comics, Swimmy the Bear and his fun-loving friends get an opportunity to take their act from small-time to worldwide, but is a laidback bunch of critters ready for the pressure that comes with big agents, big deals, and big dreams? Swimmy the Bear and his fun-loving friends get an opportunity to take their act from small-time to worldwide, but is a laidback bunch of critters ready for the pressure that comes with big agents, big deals, and big dreams?

Teddy Swims: Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song has been brought from the mind of the artist himself to the printed page by writer Grace Thomas, Illustrator Fred Stresing, and editors Camilla Zhang and Ryan Cady, with an exclusive limited deluxe version to include prints by artists Ian McGintyMichael Lee Harris, and Sarah Stern. This inspiring and charming new story for music fans of all ages arrives in finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere this fall, with all editions, including the exclusive deluxe hardcover available to preorder directly from Z2 now!

Teddy Swims: Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song

Z2 and Jimmy Eat World Teams for an Oversized Comic

Z2 Comics spring fever continues with news that Jimmy Eat World has joined their roster of beloved bands expanding their mythos into comics and graphic novels with the announcement of Jimmy Eat World: 555, a brand-new oversized issue, available to order now!

Random Shock Studios, the team behind other successful Z2 releases teams up with Jimmy Eat World’s Jim Adkins for an original slab of science fiction inspired by the music of the platinum-selling artists behind such massive hits as “The Middle,” and “Pain.”

Klaarg took the job at the edge of known space to be as far away from the Asano Pact – from people – as possible. As the overseer of a factory that produces Kudj Kram, the cloned slave labor that keeps the corrupt system he represents running, his days are exactly as he wants them: empty and without incident. However, when his factory is targeted for closure, Klaarg discovers that he is as expendable to his superiors as the creatures in his charge.

Jimmy Eat World: 555 is released today exclusively on Z2’s webstore in three versions, a 60 page oversized softcover comic, a hardcover, and only 100 hand signed hardcovers. The comic is co-written by Adkins and Random Shock Studios and features art by Koren Shadmi. Order your copy direct from Z2 today!

Jimmy Eat World: 555
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