Z2 Comics and Gorillaz have teamed up to release an expansive almanac to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett‘s animated hip-hop project. To be titled, Gorillaz ALMANAC, the forthcoming book will arrive this October and will feature 120+ pages of Hewlett’s illustrations from the past two decades.
The forthcoming publication will feature puzzles, games, and exclusive new artwork including the first-ever strip to star fictional band members 2D, Noodle, Murdoc Niccals, and Russel Hobbs. The Gorillaz ALMANAC book will also include a mix of content from Gorillaz collaborators past and present.
The hardcover Standard Edition of the Gorillaz ALMANAC will come with a CD of music from Season One of the band’s forthcoming Song Machine project. The oversized limited-edition Deluxe Edition (only 6,666 copies) will come with four art prints and sticker sheet signed by the fictional members, while the Super Deluxe Edition (200 copies) will be that of a special art piece in unique packaging signed by Hewlett.
“Twenty years of drawing the same characters you can’t 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 told Rolling Stone. “Ultimately I would love to create an animation style as good as Chuck Jones’s style during the late 70’s. Also, I can afford to buy better pens now.”
Damon Albarn recently hosted a live (virtual) performance on Boiler Room‘s YouTube page earlier this month, where the musician performed music from his latest project, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows.
Click here for pre-order info on the forthcoming book.
— Z2 Comics (@Z2comics) May 26, 2020