We’ve followed Z2 Comics on its journey for several years here – and publisher Josh Frankel is a Certified Beat Pal – but of late they are sliding into the “music/comics” connection, a combo periodically tried. Following up on the bluesy Black Keyes-inspired Murder Ballads, they’ve just announced THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PERFECTO: WITH PAUL OAKENFOLD AND FRIENDS, a new graphic novel that follows – more or less – the life of DJ pioneer Paul Oakenfold. As someone who might have jigged around to an Oakenfold beat back in their clubbing days, I’ll be intrigued to see how this unfolds.
The creative team includes a story by Oakenfold and artists Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, Chris Hunt (Carver), Ian McGinty (Welcome to Showside) and Koren Shadmi (The Abaddon) and the book drops November 21 with an original soundtrack that only comes with the graphic novel.
PR deets below:
2017 marks the 30 year anniversary of Paul Oakenfold’s famed trip to the white island of Ibiza, sparked the creation of club culture as it is known today as well as his legendary DJ’ing career. THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PERFECTO: WITH PAUL OAKENFOLD AND FRIENDS charts his historic career rise to fame, fortune and musical nirvana and each of the artists collaborating with Oakenfold will illustrate a different time period in the DJ’s life, from his residency at Cream to drinking absinthe with Hunter S Thompson and touring with U2.
“I am honored and excited to be a part of the first electronic music graphic novel,” said Paul Oakenfold. “Being a fan of comic books for many years, I enjoyed telling my story in this context which shows things in a different light.”
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PERFECTO: WITH PAUL OAKENFOLD AND FRIENDS is part of a new initiative by Z2 Comics to publish graphic novels about music, with each book accompanied by an original soundtrack. This month, the publisher will release MURDER BALLADS, the highly anticipated rock’n’roll noir graphic novel about the music industry and redemption by writer Gabe Soria and artists Paul Reinwand and Chris Hunt, and and the MURDER BALLADS original soundtrack, featuring music by bluesman Robert Finley and Grammy-Award winner Dan Auerbach.
“We think bringing together music and graphic novels can be the secret sauce of Z2 Comics,” said Z2 Comics Co-Publisher Josh Frankel. “Our goal is to work closely with musicians and graphic novel creators to create a unique experience, where the music informs the narrative of the graphic novel and vice versa.”
“When you think of DJs and electronic music, you immediately think of Paul Oakenfold,” said Z2 Comics Co-Publisher Sridhar Reddy. “It’s an honor to publish his first book.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.