On Tuesday, Sturgill Simpson released his highly-anticipated graphic novel based on his album Sound & Fury. In association with Z2 Comics, Sound & Fury: The Graphic Novel serves as a literary prequel to the 2019 album and anime film.The 144-page novel was written by Simpson in collaboration with Jason Aaron, and features artwork from illustrators Rufus Dayglo, Deathburger, Rosi Kampe, Vasilis Lolos, and Takashi Okazaki.
“Creatively this is one of the most ambitious projects we have published to date, with an incredible team behind it,” Z2 publisher Josh Frankel mentioned in a statement announcing the novel back in August. “The end result will not only be worth the wait, but will be one of the most complete realizations of any artist’s vision in the history of our company.”
Simpson is now the latest notable musician to team up with Z2 Comics to create a unique visual accompaniment to his music and artistic brand. Z2 is also the publishing machine behind new graphic novels inspired by bands like the Grateful Dead and Gorillaz.
The graphic novel comes as the latest venture from the anti-establishment Nashville artist, who issued Cuttin’ Grass Vol.1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions) last month. The 20-track collection finds Simpson returning to his bluegrass roots and reexamining his own previously-released songs through a new musical lens.
Sound & Fury: The Graphic Novel is available now through Z2 Comics. Click here to order and scroll down to see a gallery of images from the book.
[A version of this article was originally published on 8/11/20]