The Small Press Spotlight is officially kicking off summer with an exciting collaboration between Yungblud (aka Dominic Harrison) and Z2 Comics. Yungblud Presents Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club 3: The Funeral is the third graphic novel team-up between the multi-instrumentalist rockstar and the publisher. The comic also coincides with the release of his single of the same name.
The graphic novel is a followup to The Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club and Weird Times at the Quarry Bank University. In this latest installment, readers will find “the musician’s ballistic tales of super-powered outcasts rebelling against sinister boarding schools and beyond.” Co-written by Ryan O’Sullivan (RZA Presents: Bobby Digital and The Pit of Snakes), interior art is by Annapaola Martello (Kiss/Vampirella) and Vasilis Lolos (RZA Presents: Bobby Digital and The Pit of Snakes). Covers are from Martello and Butch Mapa (Chuck D Presents Apocalypse 91). This book serves as a cross-media experience alongside Yungblud’s single, “The Funeral,” released in March.
Read more from the publisher below:
“This new chapter builds off the gleefully irreverent, bitingly profane adventures of Yungblud and his super-powered coterie—the titular Ritalin Club—of Harmony, Scout, Zombie Joshua, Em, and Encore. After breaking free from the repressive constraints of Blackheart’s High School and navigating the horrors of Quarry Bank University, Yungblud will face his greatest foe: mortality.
Two years after saving the world from the Mangaverse, Yungblud died. No one knows how, only that it was enough to cause The Ritalin Club to disband and stop talking to each other. But as their old foe, The Spreading Darkness, has returned, more powerful than ever, it falls to Zombie Joshua to get the band back together. Every member. Living or dead.”
“These powerful graphic novels serve as a mirror to my own journey as an artist through a medium I absolutely adore” Yungblud explains. “The previous volumes chronicled my battles with authority, identity, and self-expression. The Funeral, like its musical counterpart, grapples with the idea of self-acceptance, belonging, and finding peace with your own insecurities.”
“Yungblud continues to be one of the most singular, confrontational voices in the pop culture landscape,” Z2 Comics Publisher Joshua Frankel continues. “As soon as we launched Twisted Tales, I knew that his story couldn’t be contained in one volume. This is a glorious middle finger of genre fiction. We’ll continue to publish them as long as there’s a story to tell.”
Yungblud Presents Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club 3: The Funeral will be available in both softcover and deluxe clamshell formats, including a hand-signed edition of the book, four prints, and a CD. Preorder your copy here.