Weird Al Yankovic Teams Up With Z2 Comics To Publish The Illustrated Al: The Songs of “Weird Al” Yankovica new graphic novel illustrating some of the artist’s weirdest “Yankovisions.”
CBR can debut exclusive art created by Danny Hellman featured in a wax pack of collectible cards included with the purchase of deluxe editions of The Illustrated Al: The Songs of “Weird Al” Yankovic† the graphic novel was written by Yankovic and offers fans a visual glimpse into some of the artist’s most iconic parody songs. Artists involved in the project include Drew Friedman (Mad Magazine), Mike and Laura Allred (Freak, The X-Cellent), Bill Plympton (Your face, watchdog), Aaron moment (Super prison!† Ugly AmericansPeter Bagge ()Hate), Sam Viviano (MAD Magazine), Steve Chanks (Revolver Magazine), Hellman (village voice), Felipe Sobreiro (Luther Strode, Skull), Gideon Kendall (Mega Ghost), Michael Kupperman (Up all night† The New Yorker), Wes Hargis (My new teacher and me!† Later when I’m bigger), Ruben Bolling ( Tom the Dancing Bug and Super-Fun-Pak Comix† Fred Harper †The New York Times† The Wall Street Journal† and more. The Illustrated Al: The Songs of “Weird Al” Yankovic also includes a custom print set by Jesse Philips and a foreword by comedian Emo Philips, who is currently opening for Yankovic on his 133 show tour of North America.
The Illustrated Al: The Songs of “Weird Al” Yankovic comes in softcover, hardcover, oversized hardcover deluxe and oversized hardcover deluxe hand-signed editions. Cover art comes from Friedman and Mike and Laura Allred. In addition to the collectible card wax pack, the deluxe editions also include a three-piece artprint set by Jesse Philips, a vinyl slipmat and coasters. The super deluxe edition also includes Al-signed books and a “Weird Al” Yankovic mini accordion.
“It’s such an incredible honor to see my lyrics come to life by some of my all-time favorite cartoonists and illustrators,” Yankovic said of the graphic novel. four decades in the music business so that one day I could have my own graphic novel.”
“I don’t remember a time in my life for ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and frankly I don’t want to. His music, lyrics, artistry and humor have been a constant influence in my career,” project editor and Z2 Comics chief business officer Josh Bernstein added. “Z2 this all-star roster of the greatest living cartoonists to collaborate with Weird Al is a dream come true. I hope Al fanatics new and old alike appreciate the love, care and insane art put into this project. As always dare we be stupid.”
Yankovic is the best-selling comedy artist of all time. He rose to fame with his 1979 “My Bologna” parody of The Knack’s “My Sharona”, and has sold more than 12 million albums and won five Grammy Awards throughout his career. Mandatory funYankovic’s album release in 2014 was the first comedy album in history to debut at number one billboards Top 200.
Yankovic will also be featured in the upcoming Weird: The Story of Al Yankovic, a new biopic directed by Eric Appel that promises to reveal every facet of Yankovic’s life. Daniel Radcliffe will play the titular character Weird Al, while Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson and Julianne Nicholson also star in the film.
Source: Z2 Comics
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