Comedy-rock duo Tenacious D is giving their latest album, Post-Apocalypto, the graphic novel treatment. None other than the D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass are co-writing it, and “hand-drawn entirely by Black,” the book is set for a September 2020 release by Fantagraphics.
The 2018 album, which was previously adapted into an animated webseries on the band’s YouTube channel, is a concept album following JB and KG’s adventures through a treacherous post-apocalyptic wasteland, replete with the bombastic vocals, heavy metal guitar riffs, and raunchy humor fans have come to expect from the actor/musicians.
What may be particularly exciting about this project is that Jack Black is drawing the whole shebang. His visual style is amateurish, to be sure, which is to be expected from a comedian not known for drawing professionally, but it fits the Tenacious D style.
Tenacious D’s appeal has always been driven by slacker charm and tongue-in-cheek, juvenile satire, so their debut graphic novel looks destined to be a hit among their devoted fan base.
Check out the press release below, along with a preview!
Fantagraphics Rocks Out with Tenacious D’s
Post-Apocalypto Graphic Novel
SEATTLE, WASH., FEBRUARY 10, 2020 — The last two years marked a very memorable period for Tenacious D, releasing Tenacious D in Post-Apocalypto (the YouTube film) and Post Apocalypto (the album), not to mention playing some of the biggest shows of the duo’s 20+ year career. Carrying that momentum into the new decade, the Greatest Band in the World™ — comprised of comedians-musicians-actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass — are thrilled to partner with Fantagraphics to introduce the newest piece to its creative universe: Post-Apocalypto, the graphic novel, due to release September 2020.
Hand-drawn entirely by Black, and co-written by Black and Gass, Post-Apocalypto, the graphic novel, is THE must-have book of 2020!
True to the title, Post-Apocalypto finds Tenacious D thrust into a world of utter destruction following the detonation of an atomic bomb. Surviving the attack in classic cinematic fashion (a good old impenetrable 1950s refrigerator), the duo soon learns that new forms of evil have
spawned from the blast. It quickly becomes apparent that for humanity to prevail, Tenacious D must save the world.
“When we finished this book there was only one publisher we ever really considered,” explains Tenacious D. “Fantagraphics has been the shining beacon of creativity in comic books for decades. We are thrilled to release our magnum opus with the undisputed greatest and best comic book publisher in the world. Fantagraphics 4 life.”
With twists and turns including an insane (and timely, given the election-year) visit to the White House, a time machine, a space adventure, and some tried and true daddy issues, Post-Apocalypto is as hilarious as it is political, and as brilliant and multi-faceted as its incredible creators.
“I’ve been a fan of Tenacious D for years and am absolutely excited to publish Post- Apocalypto!” exclaims Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. “It’s about time these guys conquered yet another artistic medium.”
Fans will also be able to stream a read-along audiobook version, voiced entirely by Black and
Gass, to fully immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of Post-Apocalypto – characters,
music and everything in between!
by Tenacious D
$29.99 • ISBN 978-1-68396-377-6
Hardcover • 9 x 12” • 180 pages • full color