There’s long been a relationship between music and comics. Frank Zappa advertised in Marvel Comics and was pals with Jack Kirby. Gerard Way won an Eisner for Umbrella Academy and has his own imprint at DC. Bloom County begat Billy and the Boingers and “U Stink, But I Luv U,” Mad had “It’s a Gas.” While it’s not […]
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 […]
There’s been a lot of buzz about the upcoming graphic novel/CD Murder Ballads. The comic is by Gabe Soria, with art by Paul Reinwand and Chris Hunt, but it’s the soundtrack by blues artist Robert Finley and Grammy winner Dan Auerbach (best known for his day job with The Black Keys) that makes this a unique project. The album […]
Murder Ballads is one of the comics sert to make a splash this spring: a mini seres by Gabe Soria and Paul Reinwand that will have an accompanying album by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The story is about a record label owner who finds two brothers who make amazing blues music. Auerbach’s album […]
Legend by Sam Sattin and Chris Koehler has been one of the under the radar hits of the season. Published by Z2, the collection came out in November, and this post-apocalyptic tale of animals trying to rebuild the world seems to have hit a nerve. Not the least because of Koehler’s amazing art on the series – an […]
I’m sitting here in my office in Chicago, thinking as to what I’m going to write about comics. I’ve been publishing comic books for over six months now, as the co-publisher at Z2 Comics. In that time I’ve met incredible artists, discussed stories and characters, gone through sleepless nights peppered with nightmares of cash flow, and had these brief, fleeting moments of joy as I held a new issue of a book we just made in my hands. I’m wondering how to describe that feeling, as it would be the core of this piece, and for some reason I’m having a hard time putting it together in my mind.
And then Prince died.