The ambitious and immersive high concept package SUPERSTATE will be released in March by Z2 Comics.
The press release follows:
Media Release — Z2 Comics today announces Superstate, an all-new high concept vision of the future. Devised by British musician and artist Graham Coxon (Blur) and featuring the best of 15 graphic artists, Superstate is a compendium graphic novel featuring a new original fully-illustrated score from Coxon. This unique music and comic book pairing also features cover artwork by Coxon himself and is available for preorder now, exclusively through Z2’s website.
Superstate sees Graham Coxon working with co-writers Alex Paknadel (GIGA, Friendo, Turncoat) and Helen Mullane (Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen) and 15 graphic artists including Christian Dibari, Marie Llovet and Ryan Kelly, to realise this reading and listening experience which is unlike any other. Coxon’s vision is brought to the page by an all-star co-operative of writers and artists who devised stories and visuals inspired by the original concept from Coxon. The creative process has been lead by new music written and recorded by Coxon exclusively for Superstate earlier this year. The result is visual compendium that features 15 different graphic stories, each accompanied by it’s own individual track.
Graham Coxon said “Superstate is a story of escape… In a society where war rages between the forces, negativity and positivity, encouragement and discouragement… The fragile road to freedom burns its way through the far reaches of space…”
“We at Z2 feel that we are setting the standard for the relationship between comic book storytelling and music, and Graham Coxon’s Superstate is a high watermark for our company’s brief history and bright future” says Z2 publisher Josh Frankel. “We wanted to ensure that Graham’s vision was brought to life in the most authentic way possible and have assembled a team that has delivered a book that is essential to the album experience. I am so proud of the way this project has come together.”
For the viewer, the Superstate is everywhere, and its authority is absolute: Yoga Town is a city without hope. While they wait to leave the earth, the 1% can bend reality to their will, they live in a consequence-free world where anything goes. Meanwhile, the masses are pacified by a drugged out, government-mandated digital dreamscape while they wait to perish on this dying planet. But there is still hope. Angels roam the earth. With their help, maybe some rebellious spirits can start to make a change.
Experience 15 surreal and sometimes disturbing tales of rebellious fembots, celebrity turkey shoots, violent astral projection and an all-new take on the TV dinner.
Superstate by Graham Coxon is available in March 2021
Regular Softcover Edition Price: $19.99
Standard Hardcover Edition Price: $29.99
Deluxe Edition (Limited to 3,000): $99.99
Super Deluxe Edition (Limited to 500 signed by Graham): $199.99
About Graham Coxon:
Graham Coxon is a musician, composer, singer-songwriter and artist. Best known as the guitarist in Blur, Graham also played saxophone and drums on many Blur tracks. He composed 1997’s ‘You’re So Great’ and sang vocals and composed much of the band’s 1999 hit single ‘Coffee & TV’. Blur’s latest release, the 2015 album ‘The Magic Whip’, which Graham produced alongside Stephen Street, debuted at No 1 in the UK album chart.
Graham has released eight solo albums: ‘The Sky is Too High’ (1998), ‘The Golden D’ (2000), ‘Crow Sit On Blood Tree’ (2001), ‘The Kiss Of Morning”‘ (2002), ‘Happiness In Magazines’ (2004), ‘Love Travels At Illegal Speeds’ (2006) ‘The Spinning Top’ (2009) and ‘A+E; (2012). The Original Songs and Score albums to The End of the F***ing World Seasons 1 and Season 2 were released to widespread critical acclaim in 2018 and 2019 respectively. And 2020 saw the release of ‘Bloodwitch’, Graham’s companion album to Netflix’s coming of age series ‘I Am Not Okay With This’.
About Z2 Comics:
Z2 is the premier destination for top quality music-based comics and graphic novels, having worked across genres to deliver an authentic experience to diverse audiences. Some of the publisher’s best-selling books include Apocrypha: The Legend of BABYMETAL, YUNGBLUD Presents: The Twisted tales of the Ritalin Club and Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel, alongside debut works of graphic fiction by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), DJ Paul Oakenfold, internet sensation Poppy, jazz trumpeter Dave Chisholm and others. Z2’s upcoming works include books created with partnership with The Grateful Dead, Sturgill Simpson and others.