Z2 Comics is teaming up with Chuck D to create a graphic novel inspired by Public Enemy’s 1991 album, Apocalypse 91 … The Enemy Strikes Black.
Z2 Comics collaborates with UMe and Def Jam Recordings on Revelation 91: Revolution never sleeps, the first graphic novel by Chuck D.
Announced by Z2, the collaboration sees the hip hop luminary teaming up with Troy-Jeffrey Allen, Che Grayson, Evan Narcisse and Regine Sawyer on the comic book inspired by Public Enemy’s 1991 album, Revelation 91 … the enemy strikes black. The novel is the latest in its series of Z2 releases that celebrate notable musical works by coupling their creators with leading comic book artists.
“This graphic novel is a new take on the artwork I created, which naturally develops from paint and pens that express what I have in mind and reflect what is happening around us, “said Chuck D.” It was a real honor to have my illustrations alongside the who’s who of comic book artists. ” Holder of a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Adelphi University in New York, the musician innovates with his partnership with Z2, having already accumulated an audience with his work in graphic art. “In recent years, and especially during confinement, I have been brought back to my roots in the visual arts,” he revealed.
Revelation 91: Revolution never sleeps begins in 1991, leaping back in time through a series of speculative fictional stories conceived by Allen (Naughty: all caps), Grayson (Batman: Urban Legends), Narcissus (Black Panther) and Sawyer (Black Nights: Death Metal). The common thread running through each story are the revolutionaries who resist authority for millennia, persisting in their will to “fight power”.
Chuck D (born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour) has been particularly active on the art scene lately, his pieces appearing solo as well as in group shows around the world. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture holds some of his works as part of its permanent collection, including his iconic design of the Public Enemy logo. Most recently, he unveiled his new collection of NFT on Foundation, calling NFTs a “new canvas” for the visual arts.
The next graphic novel will be available in November, a month after the 30th anniversary of the release of Revelation 91 … The enemy strikes black. Distributed by Def Jam and Columbia Records, The Grammy-nominated album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on America’s Best R & B / Hip-Hop Albums chart, quickly earning platinum certification. Z2 will offer standard, deluxe and super deluxe editions of the novel, with vinyl records and limited edition prints included in the last two editions. UMe is planning a simultaneous launch of limited edition copies of Public Enemy’s platinum disc.
Revelation 91: Revolution never sleeps is available for pre-order from Z2.
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