‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Songs Are Getting the Graphic Novel Treatment

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s songs get the artistic adaptation they always deserved in a new book. The Illustrated Alis scheduled to be released via Z2 Comics at the end of November.

The book will feature a cast of famous artists and cartoonists visually interpreting more than 20 of Yankovic’s classic parody tracks. The cover of the book is by Drew Friedman, while the foreword was written by stand-up comic Emo Philips.

“It’s an incredible honor to see my lyrics brought to life by some of my favorite cartoonists and illustrators of all time,” Yankovic said in a statement. “Actually, I’ve played the long game – the only reason I’ve spent four decades in the music business is so I might have my very own graphic novel one day.”

The Illustrated Al is available for pre-order, and a special deluxe edition and a signed super deluxe edition are also available. The deluxe bundle includes a set of Weird Al-inspired prints by Jesse Phillips, a vinyl slipmat featuring artwork by Friedman, and a pack of trading cards featuring artwork by Danny Hellman. The Super Deluxe Pack includes all of that plus some Weird Al coasters (art by Friedman and Mike and Laura Allred) and that piece de resistancea “Weird Al” brand accordion.

The Illustrated Al is currently one of several projects on Yankovic’s plate. The most important of these is in the midst of a massive 133-date North American tour that will last through October 29, when he plays Carnegie Hall in New York City. Yankovic also helped write his own upcoming biopic, Strange, starring Daniel Radcliffe. The film is slated for release on the Roku Channel this fall.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/weird-al-yankovic-graphic-novel-the-illustrated-al-1358581/ ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Songs Are Getting the Graphic Novel Treatment

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