Megadeth have announced that they will be releasing a 350-page graphic anthology titled “Death By Design.” The book, which was curated by Dave Mustaine and Heavy Metal, will be available in four different editions at comic stores on June 5 and it will feature various stories inspired by songs on the group’s new greatest hits compilation “Warheads On Foreheads” (out March 22).
“I have always fantasized about Megadeth doing something this gloriously electrifying and gruesome. I hope everyone will enjoy the graphic novel as much as I enjoyed working with Heavy Metal to put it together for you.”
Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal, added:
“Since I was old enough to buy records, Megadeth has been one of my favorite bands, not only for the great storytelling in the music, but the world building imagery on the album covers. This opportunity to meld the two worlds together and tell stories inspired by their songs is a privilege that we are excited to present to the fans.”
Songs, Writers, & Artists:
* “Rattlehead”: Dan Fogler & Andy Belanger
* “Mechanix”: Ben Meares & DAF
* “Killing Is My Business”: Alex de Campi & Mack Chater
* “The Conjuring”: Llexi Leon & Kevin West
* “Wake Up Dead”: Tony Lee & Gyula Nemeth
* “Devils Island”: Sebastian Girmer & Esau Escorza
* “Good Mourning / Black Friday”: Leah Moore, John Reppion & Ben Templesmith
* “Set The World Afire”: Diego Agrimbau & Agustín Alessio
* “In My Darkest Hour”: David Baille & Conor Boyle
* “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”: Tim Seeley & Ignacio Calero
* “Hangar 18”: Brendon Small & Belén Ortega
* “Tornado Of Souls”: Patrick Kindlon & Marco Turini
* “Rust In Peace…Polaris”: Hector Lima & Garrie Gastonny
* “Five Magics”: Johnathan LaMantia
* “Take No Prisoners”: ML Miller & Carlos Granda
* “Skin O’ My Teeth”: PM Buchan & John Pearson
* “Angry Again”: Homero Rios & Anton Kokarev
* “Symphony Of Destruction”: Justin Jordan & John Bivens
* “Sweating Bullets”: Sean Lewis & Axel Medellin
* “A Tout Le Monde”: Llexi Leon & Richard Friend
* “Train Of Consequences”: James Harvey
* “Reckoning Day”: Jeff Burandt & Jason Gongour
* “Trust”: Frazer Irving
* “She-Wolf”: Curtis Pires & Antonio Fuso
* “Wanderlust”: Abraham Martínez & Patricio Delpeche
* “Dread and the Fugitive Mind”: Jonathan Land & Andrea Mutti
* “Blackmail The Universe”: Haylar García & Abel
* “Washington Is Next!”: Haylar García & Kevin Enhart
* “Head Crusher”: R.G. Llarena & Danijel Zezelj
* “Public Enemy No. 1”: John Ostrander & Miguel Mora
* “Kingmaker”: Brian Wood & Riccardo Burchielli
* “The Threat Is Real”: Joe Keatinge & Anand Radhakrishnan
* “Poisonous Shadows”: Chistine Larsen
* “Death From Within”: Alex de Campi & Wilfredo Torres
* “Dystopia”: David Baille & Simeon Aston
Skillet have teamed up with Z2 Comics to create “Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel.” The book is based on an original story by frontman John Cooper and it will be released in late summer. The singer is working on the book with writers Alex Paknadel and Dan Watters and artist Chris Hunt.
“I am beyond thrilled about ‘Eden.’ It has always been a dream of mine to create a comic. Comics are still an important part of my life today and I can now share that love with my children with the release of this book. In many ways, this graphic novel is a natural extension of SKILLET’s career. It is about perseverance, unlikely heroes, and faith in what you believe. I hope that the fans love it.”
Josh Frankel, CEO of Z2 Comics, added
“We are very excited to join forces with John Cooper and the entire SKILLET team to create ‘Eden.’ This unique story idea and John’s innate love of comics made this a natural partnership for us. We can’t wait to share this with the world. This further cements Z2 Comics’ reputation as the premier home for artists, musicians and their exclusive graphic novel projects.”
Here’s a description of the comic:
“The story of “Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel” follows the two main characters of John and Korey (based on the real-life Coopers). To save their family and town, they must uncover the mystery of what lies behind the dreams of a prophecy that threaten to consume them. They set out on a quest that will take them through the barren wastelands and gleaming cities of a near-future Tennessee. Bandmates Seth Morrison and Jen Ledger are also focal characters in the story about survival, determination and strength of personal beliefs.”
“Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel” will be available as a standard edition and as a deluxe edition. The deluxe version, which is limited to 1000 copies, is autographed by Cooper and it will come as a large, coffee table bound edition with four exclusive prints.
GWAR are planning to release a new 96-page graphic novel titled “GWAR: The Enormogantic Fail” in June 2019. You can pre-order that HERE. The book was written by Matt Maguire and Matt Miner and a description for it was shared in a press release:
“The Master is at it again in a fierce battle against Cardinal Syn. To get into the Master‘s good graces, the Destructo brothers have trapped GWAR in order to interrogate them to find the key to destroying Cardinal Syn once and for all. Will Sawborg and Bozo Destructo get the answers they need? Can GWAR escape their clutches? Will Cardinal Syn destroy them all? And what really happened when GWAR were banished to earth?”
Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) has announced that he will be releasing a new graphic novel called “The Ghost Of Ohio.” The book will coincide with the release of his new Andy Black album of the same name. The story is an original concept by Biersack and he worked on it with Josh Frankel (Z2 Comics), Sridhar Reddy, and Scott Tuft (Swamp Thing, Severed). The effort is expected to be released in mid-2019 and the Eryck Donovan (Batman) created artwork can be seen below.
“I am so excited to finally be able to share the news about The Ghost of Ohio graphic novel and upcoming solo record of the same name and inspired by the comic book story.
The truth is that I would never have discovered my love of rock music without my passion for comic books and characters like Batman and Spawn, which ultimately lead me to larger than life bands like KISS and The Misfits. To be able to combine my love of the graphic novel medium with a concept record is a dream come true and something I have wanted to do for many years. Working with the Z2 Comics team and alongside Scott Tuft and Eryk Donovan to bring this dream to reality has been an incredible process.
The story takes place in southwestern Ohio and spans across historical eras from the 1800s to modern day. The Ghost of Ohio is a tale of loneliness, redemption and strength and I hope both the album and book capture that tone while giving people some fun entertainment to escape into!”
BABYMETAL have announced that their new graphic novel “Apocrypha: the Legend of Babymetal” will officially be released on October 30. The book will focus on the group’s mysterious mythology.
Here’s a synopsis:
“Discover the myth of the worldwide music sensation Babymetal. Tasked with defeating the forces of darkness and division, the metal spirits must travel through a variety of eras of time, assuming different forms and identities. What we are seeing is not the Babymetal of the present. It’s the original story based on Babymetal you’ve never heard before. The long-hidden metal spirit’s apocrypha of the Metal Resistance will emerge.”
More details will be revealed during a Comic Con panel in New York City. A press release said the following about that:
“Until now, the publication of APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL has largely been shrouded in secrecy, but that will begin to change at New York Comic Con. On Thursday, October 4th, GMB Chomichuk will appear at an APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL panel, where he will detail the development and creation of the graphic novel. The panel will be held at the Main Stage of Anime Fest at NYCC from 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM. Z2 Comics will also be selling 3 limited edition APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL posters at Anime Fest booth # 5319 and NYCC booth # 1255.”
The deluxe version can be pre-ordered HERE and the regular versions can be pre-ordered via Amazon.
Carnifex’s Scott Ian Lewis has launched an Indiegogo campaign for his new graphic novel “Death Dreamer”. The book is 54 pages long and it features illustrations by Christian DiBari, colors by Simon Gough, lettering by Taylor Esposito, and cover art by Chris Shehan.
“‘Death Dreamer‘ is a world that’s lived in my head for years. First existing on that page as a television script and now it’s grown into a graphic novel brought to life by an incredibly talented team of artists. Christian, Simon, Taylor, and Chris have really elevated the characters in a truly amazing way. This book has been created completely independently, from writing the script on tour buses in eastern Europe to finding our amazing artist’s through Twitter.”
He also added the following about crowdfunding:
“Releasing the first edition directly in the hands of the fans that have supported me is something I couldn’t be more excited for. There is a lot of me in this story and throughout the characters. My hope is you connect with them in a way that pulls you deep into the dark world of ‘Death Dreamer‘.”
He also followed up on social media:
“Hey everyone, Scott here. The last time I had the same feeling as today was right before the release of Slow Death. Excitement, anticipation and in all honesty, a lot of nerves. Death Dreamer is my 54 page graphic novel that I’ve been writing for nearly two years. Working on the script whenever I could. Tour busses, back stages, hotel rooms, it didn’t matter, I had to get the story out.
And now it’s so close to completion. There is no label, no publisher, no distribution. Just me asking you to help me finish what I started. Help me bring Death Dreamer into this cruel world. Hit my bio link to learn more about the story and to order. I can’t say thank you enough to everyone that has ordered already. You truly mean so much to me. Thank you. 🤘💀🤘- Scott Ian Lewis“
Lewis plans to premiere the book at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
[via The PRP]
Melechesh frontman Ashmedi has teamed up with Metal Depot for a new interactive graphic novel called “Emissary of the Anunnaki: The Tale of the Fire King.” Ashmedi will serve as the protagonist in the 130-page book, which features Melechesh and Sumerian myths. It will be available on July 1 and more information can be found HERE.