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[Preview] Z2 Comics’ MURDER BALLADS Original Soundtrack Single & Graphic Novel

Z2 Comics Releases MURDER BALLADS
Original Soundtrack Single and Graphic Novel Preview

Featuring music by bluesman Robert Finley and Grammy-Award winner Dan Auerbach
and an Excerpt of the Acclaimed Graphic Novel by Gabe Soria, Paul Reinwand and Chris Hunt

Z2 Comics has published the eagerly anticipated MURDER BALLADS original soundtrack by bluesman Robert Finley and Grammy-Award winner Dan Auerbach and the graphic novel by writer Gabe Soria and artists Paul Reinwand and Chris Hunt, now on sale wherever books are sold. The MURDER BALLADS Original Soundtrack includes Finley and Auerbach’s cover of the classic Lead Belly song “In the Pines” and four original songs—“Bang Bang,”“Butter Sandwich”, “The Empty Arms” and “Three Jumpers”—created specifically by Finley and Auerbach to accompany the MURDER BALLADS graphic novel about the music industry and redemption. The standard edition MURDER BALLADS graphic novel includes downloadable codes to the original soundtrack.

Z2 Comics has released the single “Bang Bang” from the MURDER BALLADS original soundtrack, which is only available with the purchase of the graphic novel and will not be sold separately:

MURDER BALLADS has been receiving widespread critical acclaim:

“The story of Murder Ballads explores the seedy underbelly of American music history,  the darkness and violence that sometimes fuels hit records.”
—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Coen Brothers-Esque” —BILLBOARD

“Gritty.”—THE TENNESSEAN

“Intriguing.”—CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

“Paul Reinwand and Chris Hunt both submerse the reader into the smoky, bottom-shelf underworld of Shreveport, Louisiana, swinging from moody swaths of ink to angular suspense sequences. The additional album constructs an immersive, form-is-function totem to an art form baked into the fabric of America’s underbelly, and a trans-media experience unlike anything released this year.”—PASTE MAGAZINE

A meditation on music, obsession and how far someone will go to see their vision become real, MURDER BALLADS follows the fall and reinvention of Nate Theodore, the dead-broke and deadbeat owner of a failing record label who is on a cross-country drive in the dead of winter, fleeing the wreckage of his business and trying to save his crumbling marriage. Nate is given an unexpected chance to reverse his fortunes when, during a stop in a desolate rust belt town, he “discovers” Donny and Marvell Fontweathers, two African-American brothers who play a raucous brand of doom-laden country blues.

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Later this fall, mondotees.com will release a Limited Edition MURDER BALLADS Original Vinyl Soundtrack and Graphic Novel which will retail for $200, featuring original album cover art by Jon Langford, the acclaimed visual artist best known for his striking portraits of country and rock music icons including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley and limited edition prints by Tyler Boss (4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK).


ABOUT THE  ARTISTS:

Dan Auerbach is the singer/guitarist of the Grammy award winning rock band The Black Keys. He has a new solo album, Waiting on A Song, out June 2nd.

Robert Finley of Bernice, Louisiana, has been playing the guitar nearly all his life. At the age of 11, his father gave him some money to get new shoes – but Robert walked to town and bought a guitar instead. Robert returned to his music only recently after learning that he was going blind. A chance meeting while playing on the street with the founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation led him to his first record deal and international tours.

Warren Pleece is a comic artist and graphic novelist with over twenty years of experience working for UK and US publishers, including 2000AD, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics and many more.

Gabe Soria is the co-author of the graphic novel Life Sucks, published by First Second (2008). Life Sucks was picked for the American Library Association’s “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” list in 2009. Gabe has written for Batman ’66, Batman Adventures and Strange Sports Stories, and is the writer of the forthcoming “Regular Show” tie-in novel Fakespeare in the Park. His work as a music journalist has appeared in Mojo, the Guardian, the Oxford American, Blender and Arthur Magazine.

Chris Hunt is a comic book creator, writer and artist. Currently residing in his hometown of Westerville, Ohio, he arrived back there after 19 years in Boise, Idaho and 3 years in New York City. Originally inspired as a 9 year old boy to pursue comics as a full time career, it took him almost 20 years to finally fulfill that dream. His first full length graphic novel, “CARVER: A Paris Story” debuted from Z2 Comics as a limited series to great acclaim in late 2015, eventually garnering 2016 Graphic Novel of The Year from IGN.com.

Jon Langford (born October 11, 1957) is a prolific and respected visual artist. He is best known for his striking portraits of country & rock music icons including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley but his interests and subjects range far and wide. His punk rock instincts and unparalleled draftsmanship come together in a painting style that is distinctive, engaging and challenging. His paintings appear on cd’s (his own and other’s), book covers, as well as beer bottles for the Dogfish Head Brewery. His multimedia music/spoken-word/video performance, “The Executioner’s Last Songs,” premiered at Alverno College in 2005, and has been performed in several other cities, including Austin. He illustrated the comic strip Great Pop Things under the pseudonym Chuck Death. Since 2005 he has co-hosted a weekly radio program, “The Eclectic Company,” broadcast on WXRT 93.1 FM in Chicago. He has contributed to This American Life.

Paul Reinwand is an illustrator based in the Pacific Northwest, whose has worked on Aloha Hawaiian Dick, Big Hawaiian Dick, TMNT: Casey & April, and many other sequential art projects. http://www.konradwerks.com/

ABOUT MONDO:

Mondo is an art gallery and online store devoted to a passionate love of film, art, music and toys. The company has received global recognition for bringing art back to movie poster design and has emerged as one of the leading curators of classic and contemporary film soundtracks on vinyl. Utilizing the talents of world class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen printed posters based on film, television and comic properties, working with the leading entertainment brands including DC Comics, HBO, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers as well as filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo Del Toro, Zack Snyder, Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright. Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space, hosting regular exhibitions featuring a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints. Mondo aspires to be a creative home for artists and designers to work and have their visions realized, whether through posters, gallery shows, vinyl, apparel or toys. Their first convention in 2014, MondoCon, was a celebration of art, music, film and their creators. Mondo is also recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a full archive of film posters as part of their research library. The parent company of Mondo is Alamo Drafthouse.


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*** info courtesy of Superfan PR

Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett
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