Paul Oakenfold is one of the progenitors of electronic music, a platinum selling artist and of one the greatest DJ’s of all time, and this fall he’ll tell the “not quite true” story of his life with his first ever book, a graphic novel. Oakenfold is collaborating with a roster of renowned indie graphic novel artists, including Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, Chris Hunt (Carver), Ian McGinty (Welcome to Showside) and Koren Shadmi (The Abaddon) for THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PERFECTO: WITH PAUL OAKENFOLD AND FRIENDS (9781940878164, $24.99), which will be published by Z2 Comics. To accompany the graphic novel, Oakenfold is composing an original soundtrack which will only be available with the purchase of the graphic novel.
The year 2017 marks the 30 year anniversary of Paul Oakenfold’s famed trip to the white island of Ibiza, which sparked the creation of club culture as it is known today, as well as his legendary DJ'ing career. THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PERFECTO: WITH PAUL OAKENFOLD AND FRIENDS (9781940878164, $24.99) charts his historic career rise to fame, fortune and musical nirvana and each of the artists collaborating with Oakenfold will illustrate a different time period in the DJ’s life, from his residency at Cream to drinking absinthe with Hunter S Thompson and touring with U2.
“I am honored and excited to be a part of the first electronic music graphic novel,” said Paul Oakenfold. “Being a fan of comic books for many years, I enjoyed telling my story in this context which shows things in a different light.”
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PERFECTO: WITH PAUL OAKENFOLD AND FRIENDS (9781940878164, $24.99) is part of a new initiative by Z2 Comics to publish graphic novels about music, with each book accompanied by an original soundtrack. This month, the publisher will release MURDER BALLADS (9781940878102, $24.99), the highly anticipated rock’n’roll noir graphic novel about the music industry and redemption by writer Gabe Soria and artists Paul Reinwand and Chris Hunt, and and the MURDER BALLADS (9781940878102, $24.99) original soundtrack, featuring music by bluesman Robert Finley and Grammy-Award winner Dan Auerbach.
“We think bringing together music and graphic novels can be the secret sauce of Z2 Comics,” said Z2 Comics Co-Publisher Josh Frankel. “Our goal is to work closely with musicians and graphic novel creators to create a unique experience, where the music informs the narrative of the graphic novel and vice versa.”
“When you think of DJs and electronic music, you immediately think of Paul Oakenfold,” said Z2 Comics Co-Publisher Sridhar Reddy. “It’s an honor to publish his first book.”
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PERFECTO: WITH PAUL OAKENFOLD AND FRIENDS (9781940878164, $24.99) is scheduled to arrive in comic book shops November 21, 2017.