Z2 COMICS and Teddy Swims to create new graphic novel

by Charles LePage

TEDDY SWIMS: SWIMMY AND THE VALLEY OF THE LAST SONG tells a tale from the point of view of a teddy bear.

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The press release follows:

Media Release — Z2 Comics continues to release the best in music-related comics and graphic novels, the newest in collaboration with singer songwriter Teddy Swims. The book portrays an imaginative adventure through the lens of a teddy bear, a format that will appeal to all ages

Teddy Swims says “Ever since I was a kid I’ve dreamed of building my own universe of characters and stories that everyone can enjoy, especially children. I believe so strongly that the job of a musician or anyone with a platform should use it to guide and influence the upcoming generation in a positive way! And for the adults I always want to do anything I can to preserve that child in all of us because it’s the most important part of us! That being said, developing a comic book has always been a dream of mine! I hope you fall in love with Swimmy’s adventure as much as I have. Here’s to dreaming even bigger and making this a series!”

Teddy Swims: Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song follows the adorable anthropomorphic Teddy Bear version of Teddy and the elephantine versions of his bandmates. Get ready to meet the Bear behind the band! In this all-ages graphic novel collaboration between Teddy Swims and Z2 Comics, Swimmy the Bear and his fun-loving friends get an opportunity to take their act from small-time to worldwide, but is a laidback bunch of critters ready for the pressure that comes with big agents, big deals, and big dreams? Swimmy the Bear and his fun-loving friends get an opportunity to take their act from small-time to worldwide, but is a laidback bunch of critters ready for the pressure that comes with big agents, big deals, and big dreams?

The Atlanta, GA native has blown up thanks in part to his music covers on Youtube. He became well known for his takes on classics we love like Christ Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey”, Shania Twain “You’re Still the One” and Mario’s “Let me Love You.” As audiences fell in love with Teddy’s voice, so did recording labels. In January of 2020 Teddy was offered a recording contract with Warner Records. He eventually released his own highly anticipated Debut Single “Picky” followed by “Broke” and has most recently released “Till I Change Your Mind” this past week. Music fans everywhere have received Teddy Swims with open arms as evidenced by his Christmas Album alone receiving nearly 3M streams on Pandora.

Described by many netizens as a viking who sings like an angel, Teddy Swims has a striking appearance and an even more striking voice. Swims has a versatile set of vocals that combines elements of soul, hip-hop, R&B, and pop music. He was originally the lead singer for the rock band •WildHeart• from 2018 to 2019. These outstanding vocals did not go unnoticed and it was these elements that led big names in the music industry to offer recording contracts to him. At the time of this release Swims is currently represented by WME in all areas.

Teddy Swims: Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song has been brought from the mind of the artist himself to the printed page by writer Grace Thomas, Illustrator Fred Stresing, and editors Camilla Zhang and Ryan Cady, with an exclusive limited deluxe version to include prints by artists Ian McGinty, Michael Lee Harris, and Sarah Stern. This inspiring and charming new story for music fans of all ages arrives in finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere this fall, with all editions, including the exclusive deluxe hardcover available to preorder directly from Z2 now!

About Z2 Comics:
Z2 is the premier destination for official music-related graphic novels, created by way of direct and authentic partnerships with top-tier artists, musicians, directors and pop-culture icons. Z2 has published the first-ever Gorillazgraphic album, as well as debut comic works by Grammy nominated artists Sturgill Simpson and Poppy, pop punk provocateur Yungblud, and many others. Additionally, the company has tapped top talent for official graphic biographies for such legends as Beethoven, Charlie Parker, The Grateful Dead, and Elvis Presley. In 2021, Z2 will publish graphic novel tie-ins to essential albums by The Doors, Anthrax, Dio, and many more to be announced

About Teddy Swims:
Teddy Swims was born as Jaten Dimsdale September 25th 1992. His stage name stems from the acronym “Someone Who Isn’t Me Sometimes” which is representative of his eclectic music style and many facets of his creative personality. Swims originally began singing in local hard rock bands in high school and lent his voice to a variety of projects including cover bands who played weddings, noisy metalcore groups, and rapping with hip-hop artists. In 2019 Teddy Swims was involved in multiple projects which included opening for Tyler Carter and longtime friend Addy Maxwell. Swims was also working with funk-rock band Elefynts and country-influenced hard rock act •WildHeart• at this time. On June 25 2019, Swims posted a karaoke video of himself performing Michael Jackson’s “Rock with You,” to honor the 10th anniversary of Jackson’s passing. This video went viral with users creating reaction videos to Teddy Swims’ take on the tune. Since posting that cover only 1 year ago the Atlanta-based artist has racked up 1.4M subscribers and 168M views on YouTube alone. His Facebook accumulated 1.3M followers. His talent didn’t go unnoticed and Teddy Swims signed a recording contract with Warner Records in January of 2020. This led to the release of his first original song “Picky” released on video in both acoustic and electric versions. Teddy Swims has gone on to release more singles and at the time of this press release has been signed by WME to represent him in all areas. His UK tour was originally set to begin in May and has since been postponed due to the pandemic. As a result Teddy Swims remains releasing more original music, covers and accumulating even more views and subscribers on YouTube.

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