The Canadian musician Lights created a comic to accompany her Skin&Earth album.
The collected edition of the original 6 issues is due out in July from Dynamite in a hardcover edition complete with interactive share codes for the album and video. Which is to say, the full transmedia package.
Official PR follows, followed by some preview pages:
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the release of a special hardcover collection of the ground-breaking new series Skin&Earth, written and drawn by pop phenomenon Lights. The six-issue story behind the musician’s most recently released full album is collected here along with a personal introduction by Lights, digital codes giving access to the music and additional art by Jim Lee, Joby Harris, Derek Lewis, Gianna Rose and Matt Mitchell.
Skin&Earth is a story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is lead down a dark path by new lovers that reveals a twisted fantasy world and her own true nature. Set in a post-apocalyptic future ruled by the Tempest Corporation, the adventurous tale of loneliness, deceit and self-discovery that ties in with the 14-track corresponding album is compiled for the first time here with the complete comic book series, in one epic interactive collected edition!
The collected edition includes:
- All 6 issues of Skin&Earth comic book
- Interactive ShareCodes to access the full album, music videos and other bonus content
- Links to merch from the series
- Variant art from Jim Lee, Joby Harris, Derek Lewis, Gianna Rose and Matt Mitchell
- New bonus content
- Personal introduction from Lights
- Dustjacket and special cover
“Working with Lights has been phenomenal! The passion she places into every page shows, and we’re proud to take these 6 issues and collect them into a special hard cover edition!” States Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. “The fact that she is adding so much additional content, beyond the comics, shows how much she loves and appreciates her fans and wants to return the love!”
Skin & Earth Hardcover Collection will be solicited in the May issue of Diamond Previews catalog, the comic industry’s premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and scheduled to ship in July of 2018. Readers are encouraged to order through their local comic retailers or through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital. Fans are encouraged to follow Dynamite Entertainment’s social media channels for the latest updates on Dynamite comic books and graphic novels.
Always pushing boundaries, alt-pop phenomenon Lights has never shied away from a challenge. Through her first three records, Lights built an incredibly passionate fan base, selling out tours around the world, earning 150M in streams, over 250K in album sales, three JUNO Awards including a 2018 win for Pop Album of the Year, and three Gold album certifications; not to mention the 2M + rabid fans who follow her every move online. Yet through this success, she felt like she had more important things to say through her music but just didn’t know how to get them out. Thus was born Skin&Earth, the Canadian singer’s fourth record and companion comic book series of the same name, entirely written and illustrated by Lights herself. As Billboard explains, “Concept albums are nothing new, but it’s the lengths to which Lights takes her fourth album Skin&Earth that sets it apart.” Her anthemic single “Giants” brings the immersive comic book world to life, as Lights – and her alter-ego leading lady – struggles to find hope in a hopeless world. Lights has played numerous festivals including Coachella, Reading & Leeds, plus toured with OneRepublic, Tegan & Sara, Paramore, Kaskade, PVRIS and many others.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.