Since the early days of My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way has expressed an interest in comic books and graphic novels. In 2007, he premiered the first installments of his limited series The Umbrella Academy--and promptly won an Eisner Award, the comic book industry's equivalent of snaring a Grammy. The series is somewhat similar to Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, where orphans are forced to fend for themselves. The difference? These kids have superpowers, and they're pretty gothic.
Tyrese created Mayhem!, a three-issue comic series for Image Comics, in 2009. The story follows a masked vigilante named Dante—modeled after the actor-singer himself, naturally—who fights to keep his city safe from organized crime. It’s kind of like Daredevil relocated to Los Angeles, where his curvy crime-fighting partner is named Malice instead of Elektra, and Kingpin’s name is Big X.
Ghostface and producer Adrian Younge’s 12 Reasons to Die album was released in conjunction with a 6-issue companion comic. The plot sounds very Wu-Tang Clan in its slightly morbid mythology— “the brutal story of a vengeful soul hunting the 12 most powerful crimelords in the world”—and like the LP, it was executive-produced by Wu mastermind RZA.
The singer-songwriter has kept busy since his days fronting ‘90s rock band Soul Coughing, and one non-musical side project was a story Doughty wrote for DC Comics’ Bizarro World anthology in 2005. The premise is hilarious: Aquaman plays some acoustic guitar at an open-mic event, but Robin ruins his night.
Run-D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels premiered DMC, a comic about a superhero version of himself, on his own Darryl Makes Comics imprint last year. The hip-hop legend told Fuse that his comics obsession has always been a creative influence: “If you listen to most of my early rhymes, it was always approached like, 'What would the Hulk or Spider-Man do in this situation?' That's how I attacked my records.”
The man behind White Zombie wrote The Devil’s Rejects comics as a companion to the creepy, creepy movie of the same name that he wrote and directed. Mr. Zombie’s been a prolific horror comics writer over the years—titles include Spookshow International, Bigfoot, and The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, which he adapted into an animated movie.
Lady Robotika’s titular heroine is a badass rock star named Jane Wiedlin, just like the Go-Gos guitarist. Unlike the real Jane Wiedlin, she gets abducted by aliens and transformed into a super-powered cyborg. Extra cool points for co-creating the series with comics heavyweight Bill Morrison, a longtime illustrator for The Simpsons.
As a graphic novel reader, Dandy Warhols singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor couldn’t help but notice that “nobody ever got bands right” in comics (has he even READ Josie and the Pussycats?!). This inspired Taylor-Taylor to write One Model Nation, the story of a German industrial band who are targeted by their government amid political upheaval. The graphic novel is part historical fiction and part rock-n-roll fantasy. Taylor-Taylor even recorded music for the fictional band, which you can sample here.
Director--and musician!--David Lynch is king of morose media. So it should come as no surprise that he'd try his hand at the comic arts. The Angriest Dog in the World was Lynch working through his emotional issues. Each clip begins with, "The dog who is so angry he cannot move. He cannot eat. He cannot sleep. He can just barely growl. Bound so tightly with tension and anger, he approaches the state of rigor mortis." How uplifting!
Amanda Palmer is best known for her role in the Dresden Dolls, plus some internet-related controversies (like this one or this one). But die-hard fans of Palmer know about Evelyn Evelyn, the avant-singer's side-project with folk artist Jason Webley. The band also boasts of a comic of the same name—a story of two conjoined twins and their lives as orphans. You know, the horror punk stuff that makes Palmer great.
Corey Taylor's four-issue mini series is a print extension of the story he created with his band Stone Sour on the concept albums House of Gold & Bones - Part 1 and House of Gold & Bones - Part 2. The story follows a protagonist, simply named the Human, as he navigates a mysterious world in search of an equally mysterious House of Gold & Bones. The albums don't fully explain the story, so the comic helps bring everything to hellishly illustrated clarity.
Say Anything frontman Max Bemis is vocal about two things: his hatred of hipsters and his bipolar disorder. Polarity addresses both of these topics head on through the story of Timothy Woods, a manic-depressive artist living in the capital of hipsterdom, Brooklyn. Woods exists in a world of cheap sex, drugs and vanity before getting in a car accident and acquiring super powers. Who said mental difference was an ailment?
What kind of comic book would you expect from Glenn Danzig? If you answered: The kind that mixes evil with erotica... then you are probably one of the few people who have actually read Danzig's comic Satanika.
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