If Heidi is allowed to post about Lord of the Rings, then I’m allowed to write about my passions too, and of course by that I mean Avril Lavigne videos. Her new video for ‘Rock N Roll’ is another masterpiece from the Canadian, a Tank Girl-styled piece set in the desert and featuring comic-styled artwork from illustrator Lucas Culshaw.
In a very real sense, this video puts the comics industry to shame and should inspire us all to try harder.
In a NSFW fashion!
Opening with the most perfect twelve seconds in the history of the music video, this Chris Marrs Piliero-helmed video features Billy Zane and Danica McKellar accompanying the singer on a mission to find a bearshark which has been terrorising the desert plains. Driven from diner to diner by her alcoholic dog, she gets in fights and hunts down people in spandex.
Naturally, she also has to fight steampunk lobsters and go on a soul-searching quest which questions her sexuality, ambition, and ability to blatantly rip off old Guns N Roses videos.
It’s amazing, basically.
It takes the comic book theme but – rather than merely replicating it and rehashing past triumphs seen before – does new and different and unexpected stuff with it. It’s ludicrously entertaining, and leaves you wishing that actual comics were more like this. If there’s anything to compare it to, then it’s Gerard Way and Grant Morrison’s video team-up on the My Chemical Romance Song ‘Na Na Na Na’ which subsequently was adapted into an actual comic by Dark Horse.
If there’s any justice in this world, then somebody will be on the phone with Avril Lavigne right now, offering her a twelve-issue series which explores the world of this song. This is delicious stuff, and I hope to see the comics industry learn from her example.