Gorillaz creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are celebrating the 20-year visual side of their unique project with a huge ‘almanac’ which is set to be out on October 16th.
The Gorillaz Almanac is set to be published by Z2 Comics and promises to contain over 120 pages of full-colour illustrations by Hewlett. The bonanza will include exclusive new artwork, games, puzzles, and the first-ever comic strip to star the virtual band members: 2D, Noodle, Murdoc Niccals and Russel Hobbs. Appearances from guests spanning multiple eras of Gorillaz are also promised.
The standard edition of the book comes packaged with a CD copy of their Song Machine project, which includes the tracks ‘Momentary Bliss’ featuring slowthai and Slaves, ‘Désole’ featuring Fatoumata Diawara, ‘How Far?’ with the late Tony Allen and Skepta as well as their collaboration with Peter Hook and Georgia on ‘Aries’.
The other two versions of the ‘almanac’ are filled with even more good stuff. Limited to 6666 copies, the deluxe edition is signed by all four cartoon members and comes with four prints as well as a sticker sheet. It is still unclear what the super deluxe instalment contains but it’s limited to just 200 copies and is signed by Hewlett himself. It also promises it “will be a special art piece in unique packaging,” according to a statement.
“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 commented.
“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.”