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Small Press Spotlight: Z2 Comics presents NOTHING MORE: SPIRITS VOL. 1

The graphic novel is from writer Dan Watters and artist Christian Rosado

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The small press spotlight turns its attention to a rockin’ new supernatural graphic novel from Z2 Comics. Nothing More: Spirits Vol 1 is based on the upcoming album of the same name from Grammy-nominated hard rock quartet Nothing More. Debuting in late winter 2023, the comic unites the band with writer Dan Watters and artist Christian Rosado “for a cryptic tale of harmony and connection.”

The publisher reveals that the graphic novel “will dive deeper into the mystical narrative behind the band’s upcoming LP of the same name, due October 14th via Better Noise Music. Writer Dan Watters (Lucifer, Sword of Azrael, King Diamond’s Abigail) and artist Christian Rosado join the band for a story that ignites in 1952 and spans decades, driven by four disparate souls as their spirit selves search for greater purpose. Their trajectories will weave through continents and neighboring lives, building off Nothing More’s arcanic Spirits Test and Spirit Types—an original system developed by lead singer Jonny Hawkins.” 

“The comic book focuses on four of the Spirit Types. As we were making the album, I came up with the concept for the Spirits Test. Imagine if the zodiac had a baby with the Myers-Briggs personality test, and that baby came out fascinated by cryptic iconography and metal music… that is this test,” Hawkins explained. “Each of us has a Spirit Type and this comic book is an artistic expression of how those Spirit Types come to life in a world very much like our own.”

Guitarist Mark Vollelunga added, “I set forth on this collaboration with Z2 Comics, and our manager, Will Hoffman, with the idea to expand the Nothing More world and elaborate on what these Spirit Types mean; where they came from and why they exist. We wanted to write stories that invoke a sense of empathy and wonder, while maintaining a personal connection to Nothing More songs.”

Vollelunga continued, “Dan Watters is such a brilliant, captivating writer. Both of us shared inspiration from shows like The OA and Sense8; we wanted to accentuate the differences people express when something wrecks you… and even though these differences may seem polarizing, we still need each other. These differences force us to survive and grow. This story shows that great strength and mutual respect come to those who learn how to embrace one another.”

Started in 2003 by Hawkins and Vollelunga in San Antonio, Texas, the band has become one of the most respected hard rock outfits touring today, known for careening melodies with dynamic arrangements and pounding rhythms. Their 2017 breakthrough LP The Stories We Tell Ourselves garnered three Grammy nominations, and the group will begin a national tour from August to October alongside In This Moment.

Z2 Comics and Nothing More present the graphic novel in hardcover, as well as an oversized hardcover deluxe, and an oversized hardcover deluxe hand-signed edition. Ghonz provides cover art, and the band will offer an exclusive softcover “Tour” edition with cover art courtesy of Rosado at store.nothingmore.net. Deluxe editions include an ornamental octahedron as well as four (4) Spirit Art Prints and Spirit Cards representing the eight (8) Spirit Types.

Check out the details below:

$24.99 EXCLUSIVE TOUR EDITION (SOFTCOVER) INCLUDES:

Tour Edition Graphic Novel (SC)

Special Edition cover art by Christian Rosado

Tour Edition is available for purchase exclusively at store.nothingmore.net and in person at Nothing More’s concert venues


$29.99 STANDARD EDITION (HARDCOVER) INCLUDES:

Standard Edition Graphic Novel (HC)

$99.99 DELUXE EDITION (OVERSIZED HARDCOVER, LIMITED EDITION OF ONLY 1999) INCLUDES:

Deluxe Edition Graphic Novel (Oversized HC)

Graphic Novel Slipcase

Four (4) Nothing More Spirit Art Prints

Eight (8) Nothing More Spirit Cards


$199.99 SUPER DELUXE EDITION (HAND-SIGNED BY NOTHING MORE, OVERSIZED HARDCOVER, LIMITED EDITION OF ONLY 999) INCLUDES:

Deluxe Edition Graphic Novel (Oversized HC)

Signed by NOTHING MORE

Graphic Novel Slipcase

One (1) Eight-Sided Nothing More Spirits Octahedron

One (1) Nothing More Spirits enamel pin

One (1) Nothing More Spirits Album with exclusive pink quartz color way

Four (4) Nothing More Spirits Art Prints

Eight (8) Nothing More Spirit Cards


Creator Credits
ARTIST(S): Christian Rosado
WRITER: Dan Watters
EDITOR: Rantz Hoseley
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Jasminne Saravia
COLORS: DC Alonso
COVER ARTISTS: Ghonz with special tour edition cover by Christian Rosado
DESIGNER: Lauryn Ipsum

Preorder your copy here!

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