The ultimate rockstar sensation unleashes YUNGBLUD PRESENTS TWISTED TALES OF THE RITALIN CLUB 3: THE FUNERAL in tandem with his single of the same name.
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Media Release — Following his incendiary journey into sequential art with The Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club and Weird Times at Quarry Bank University, Yungblud and Z2 Comics return with the third volume in the musician’s ballistic tales of super-powered outcasts rebelling against sinister boarding schools and beyond. Yungblud Presents Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club 3: The Funeral is co-written by Ryan O’Sullivan (RZA Presents: Bobby Digital and The Pit of Snakes) featuring interior art courtesy Annapaola Martello (Kiss/Vampirella) and Vasilis Lolos (RZA Presents: Bobby Digital and The Pit of Snakes), with covers from Martello and Butch Mapa (Chuck D Presents Apocalypse 91). This graphic novel serves as a cross-media experience alongside Yungblud’s single, “The Funeral,” released in March.
This new chapter builds off the gleefully irreverent, bitingly profane adventures of Yungblud and his super-powered coterie—the titular Ritalin Club—of Harmony, Scout, Zombie Joshua, Em, and Encore. After breaking free from the repressive constraints of Blackheart’s High School and navigating the horrors of Quarry Bank University, Yungblud will face his greatest foe: mortality.
Two years after saving the world from the Mangaverse, Yungblud died. No one knows how, only that it was enough to cause The Ritalin Club to disband and stop talking to each other. But as their old foe, The Spreading Darkness, has returned, more powerful than ever, it falls to Zombie Joshua to get the band back together. Every member. Living or dead.
“These powerful graphic novels serve as a mirror to my own journey as an artist through a medium I absolutely adore” Yungblud explains. “The previous volumes chronicled my battles with authority, identity and self expression. The Funeral, like its musical counterpart, grapples with the idea of self acceptance, belonging, and finding peace with your own insecurities.”
“Yungblud continues to be one of the most singular, confrontational voices in the pop culture landscape,” Z2 Comics Publisher Joshua Frankel continues. “As soon as we launched Twisted Tales, I knew that his story couldn’t be contained in one volume. This is a glorious middle finger of genre fiction. We’ll continue to publish them as long as there’s a story to tell.”
Yungblud’s debut graphic novel, The Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club, took the pop culture world by storm when it was published in 2019, selling out within days of its initial release. The artist’s impact over the past few years—not only as a musician, but as a cultural icon—is undeniable. Sticking a middle finger up to senseless oppression, the tongue-in-cheek, genre-bending British rocker has been a driving force in a worldwide movement that encourages people to be distinctively themselves, and proud of it.
Z2 Comics and Yungblud present Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club 3: The Funeral in both softcover and deluxe clamshell formats, including a hand-signed edition of the book, four prints, and CD. Annapaola Martello and Butch Mapa provide cover art.
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Born in Yorkshire, England, YUNGBLUD (aka Dominic Harrison) is a multi-instrumentalist who first picked up a guitar at age two and began writing his own songs at age 10. The 24-year-old artist is known for voicing what he feels are major concerns for his generation, using his music to unite and empower the youth of today. His is a voice that is unafraid to elevate the experiences of his generation: gentrification, assault, troubled upbringings and political corruption. Following the release of his self-titled EP and his full-length 2018 debut, 21st Century Liability, YUNGBLUD released his ‘hope for the underrated youth’ EP which debuted in the Top 10 for the UK Official Albums Chart. Harrison’s words resonated with millions, earning him meteoric success. He has since accumulated 3.5 million Instagram followers, 4.5 million TikTok followers, and over 3 billion total Spotify streams. 2020 was the year YUNGBLUD released his UK Number One album ‘weird!’ which has since been certified Gold, exceeding his potential when he was crowned by MTV Push: Ones to Watch in 2020 and was shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2020 poll. He went on to win ‘Best Music Video’ at the NME Awards in Feb 2020 and Best Alternative artist at the 2021 MTV EMAs. Described as a coming-of-age album, ‘weird!’ features tracks “god save me, but don’t drown me out”, “weird!”, “strawberry lipstick” and “Mars”. The same year, he launched The YUNGBLUD Podcast on BBC Sounds, where he meets young music fans who are approaching turning points in their lives, to discuss topics and issues affecting young people today whether it be gender, sexuality, identity, money worries, friendships, style or mental health. Over the years, YUNGBLUD has performed to sold-out crowds in over 20 countries and played some of the world’s biggest festivals, including Austin City Limits, Life Is Beautiful, Lollapalooza, Rock Am Ring, Reading and Leeds Festivals, and Vans Warped Tour. YUNGBLUD is currently playing shows across Europe for his Life on Mars tour, which he will continue into Australia, Japan and North America this summer. YUNGBLUD now has over 8 million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 3 Billion global streams. On September 2 YUNGBLUD will release his self-titled and highly anticipated third studio album.
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Recently dubbed the “Hottest brand in music” by Forbes, Z2 Comics has quickly become the premier destination for authentic graphic novels and collectibles, created in partnership with top-tier artists, musicians and pop-culture icons. Distributed globally via Simon & Schuster, Z2 has produced 50-plus unique graphic novel properties, collaborating with Gorillaz , Blondie, Elvis Presley, Balmain, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Jason Derulo, The Grateful Dead, Machine Gun Kelly, Sublime, Beethoven, RZA, Mötley Crüe, Vince Staples, Cheech & Chong, The Doors, Anthrax, Public Enemy, Ronnie James Dio, King Diamond, All Time Low, Ivan Moody, Yungblud, Cypress Hill, Babymetal, Major Lazer, RZA, Alter Bridge, Sturgill Simpson, Poppy, John Lee Hooker, and Charlie “Bird” Parker. Learn more at Z2comics.com, and follow us on Instagram (@z2comics) and Twitter (@z2comics).