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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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Recount #3

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Alien #1 (Marvel) – The classic property comes to Marvel! The publisher has done amazing stuff when it comes to expanding the world of Star Wars and we’re hoping for the same here.

Allergic (Graphix) – Maggie wants a pet to play with. Unfortunately, she’s allergic to anything with fur!

Carnage: Black, White, and Blood #1 (Marvel) – The various “color” comics coming out have been solid and we’re excited to check out a new one.

Harley Quinn #1 (DC Comics) – A new volume kicking off from Future State. That mini-event had a great take on the character and we’re hoping this continues that direction.

Morrison Hotel (Z2 Comics) – The influential band gets an anthology focused on their impact and the lore about them.

Rabid World #1 (Scout Comics) – A rabies-like disease has broken out around the world. This is a story of two couples, one trying to survive and the other trying to save the world.

The Recount #3 (Scout Comics) – The series has been amazing so far following the follow out of a corrupt President and those rising up to exact vengeance against anyone that supported him.

Shadow Doctor #2 (AfterShock) – The true story about a Black doctor in the 1930s who turned to the mob to get the money he needed to start a practice.

Stray Dogs #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was fantastic. A small dog winds up in a new home not knowing how they got there. Flashes of their former life hint at murder. It’s an interesting series, a noir murder mystery from the perspective of a dog.

Teen Titans Academy #1 (DC Comics) – The Teen Titans decide to train and teach the next generation of heroes. But, we know the possible deadly future that is ahead for them.

Anthrax’s Among the Living Full Lineup Revealed

Among the Living

The Among the Living graphic novel 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 the full creative lineup announced today.
 
An anthology narrated by the longtime mascot “The Not Man” newly designed by Greg Nicotero and written by Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by classic Aliens artist Nelson; Among the Living unites bandmembers Joey Belladonna, Frank 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

As previously announced, 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 Robertson and Diego Rodriguez

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

This graphic novel event of the year will be released in finer comic shops and bookstores on May 12 and is available to preorder with your favorite retailer now. Exclusive deluxe and super deluxe editions packaged with special vinyl and more are available to order directly from Z2’s website now, with Charlie Benante’s Judge Dredd variant exclusive to Z2 preorders of the standard edition!

It’s Blondie: Against the Odds from Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, John McCrea, and Z2

Blondie: Against the Odds

Legendary New York fashion and music icons Blondie have announced their partnership with Z2 Comics to produce their first-ever graphic novel! Inspired by some of their most iconic tracks, along with a few “deep cuts,” this book is sure to deserve a place on the bookshelf of every music fan.

Blondie’s rise to international acclaim from the downtown Manhattan club scene is perhaps one punk rock’s greatest success stories. Their first-ever graphic novel will follow their rise from the streets of New York to the stages of the world, as told through and inspired by some of their early singles up through their enduring influence and cultural prominence in the present day. Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, the team behind the most celebrated run on the beloved DC Comics character Harley Quinn, and pulling in Palmiotti’s own memories of his childhood spent in the New York punk rock and new wave scene surrounded by folks like Andy Warhol, David Bowie and Fab 5 Freddie at venues like Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s and the Mudd Club. With his insight and Amanda’s mutual love of the music and styles of the time, this will be an essential visual document for any music fan to treasure.

Blondie: Against the Odds is written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and features art by John McCrea, as well as a cover by Conner and her longtime colorist Paul Mounts, 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 signed super deluxe versions, packaged with exclusive vinyl, prints and more. The super deluxe edition will include the soon-to-be revealed archival box set, as announced last fall.

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