Oliver Tree has a lot of titles already on his résumé. He’s a musician, a producer, a comedian, and a scooter enthusiast. Now he’s adding ‘author’ to the list with the forthcoming release of Oliver Tree vs. Little Ricky: Alien Boys, Tree’s debut graphic novel from Z2 Comics. Illustrated by Orpheus Collar and lettered by Justin Birch, the book is co-written by Tree and Ricky Robinson, who serves as the inspiration for the titular Little Ricky. The Beat is pleased to present an exclusive preview of the graphic novel.
Here’s how Z2 describes Oliver Tree vs. Little Ricky: Alien Boys:
Death-defying scooter stunts, Ukrainian tanks, sharks, monster trucks… these are just some of the indignities facing Oliver Tree as he is thrown into the meat grinder of the music industry to promote his debut retirement album “Ugly is Beautiful.”
Denied his chosen herbal medicine to overcome the aches and pains, Oliver threatens to retire, prompting his label to find an out-of-this world replacement in Little Ricky, an alien with a sick mix tape….and Oliver is forced to reckon with his own mortality in an epic battle that threatens to destroy them both.
As with all Z2 books, Alien Boys will be available in standard softcover and hardcover editions, as well as in two different limited editions. A deluxe edition of the book, limited to 2000 copies, will see the hardcover book with new cover artwork, accompanied by an exclusive picture disc vinyl of Tree’s Ugly is Beautiful, upon which the graphic novel is based, along with a trio of prints and a slipcase for the hardcover. A super-deluxe edition of the book will be limited to 500 copies, and will add an exclusive statue of Oliver Tree vs. Little Ricky to the deluxe edition package.
Check out the exclusive preview of the first five pages below. Oliver Tree vs. Little Ricky: Alien Boys goes on sale next Wednesday, May 19th.