More than 20 years after Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett first conceived the Gorillaz concept, they are exploring their history of visual excellence via an expansive “almanac” due out this October.
The Gorillaz Almanac, published by Z2 Comics, will feature 120-plus full-color pages featuring Hewlett’s artwork for the band. The hardcover book will not only have past pieces, but will also boast exclusive new artwork that will be seen for the first time ever in comic strip-form starring 2D, Noodle, Murdoc Niccals and Russel Hobbs, plus “puzzles, games and a raft of special guest appearances from Gorillaz collaborators past and present.” “Every fan of comics and animation has dreamed of seeing the Gorillaz make their comic book debut, with the Z2 team chief among them,” Z2 publisher Josh Frankel said in a statement. “The artwork, the music, and the mythos all add up to what is destined to be one of our most buzzed about releases in history, and when fans see just what we have planned, I know everyone will agree it was well worth the wait.”
Hewlett previously released an “almanac” for his beloved comic series Tank Girl in the mid-Nineties. With two decades of Gorillaz work to cull from, the characters will no doubt have grown up and matured since 2000. “Twenty years of drawing the same characters you cant avoid change, I think I tried to draw more realism into them around the 4th album but now I find myself looking back at the original style, which reminds me of 1970’s Hannah Barbera cartoons which I grew up on,” Hewlett said.
Stay tuned for news regarding this project and possible forms that the almanac could take on.
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