Z2 Comics has announced their latest graphic novel, this one based on the life and music of the legendary blues musician John Lee Hooker. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer is being produced in conjunction with the John Lee Hooker estate, and will tell a selection of stories from Hooker’s life from the perspective of those around him. Eisner-winning artist Kyle Baker will illustrate the graphic novel, which is written by Gabe Soria & Jarrett Williams and also features artwork by Taylan Kurtulus. Ho Che Anderson provides the cover art for the book.
Here’s how Z2 Comics describes One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer:
Legendary blues man John Lee Hooker lived more life in one of his songs than the collective lifetimes of many. Spanning several decades of the American experience, John Lee Hooker: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer tells three tales of Hooker’s storied life through the perspective of those who lived within his massive orbit, weaving textured and interpretative stories that rise to the lofty creative heights of his music and fall to the gritty reality of trying to thrive in several unforgiving eras.
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer is the latest biographical graphic novel to come from Z2 Comics. The publisher has also released books including Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker in California by writer/artist Dave Chisholm, Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs by writer Tres Dean and artists Kyla Smith, Robin Richardson, Safiya Zerrougui, Tammy Wang, and Amy Liu; and Elvis: The Official Graphic Novel by writer Chris Miskiewicz and artist Michael Shelfer, among others.
As with most Z2 releases, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer will be available in a number of different editions. Along with softcover and hardcover editions of the book, a deluxe edition will feature an oversized hardcover with new cover artwork by Andrew Cook, as well as a trio of prints by Baker and Kurtulus and a vinyl single of the song from which the book takes its name.
In a statement announcing the graphic novel, Zakiya Hooker, the daughter of John Lee Hooker, thanked Z2 Comics for bringing her father’s story to life and introducing him to a new audience. Z2 CEO and publisher Josh Frankel also praised the quality of the book, calling it “some of the best work we’ve published.”
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer is available for preorder now, and is scheduled for release on March 1st, 2022.