Image Comics have announced that writer Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals, Casanova, ODY-C), and artist Albert Monteys (Universe!) will releasing an experimental project with singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton in the form of a “high-concept graphic novel” called Solid State. Coulton will be releasing his concept album by the same name in July alongside the graphic novel.
The story as teased so far involves two guys, “connected by a name and hundreds of years”, who “stand at the end of man’s beginning, and the beginning of man’s end”. The book is also described as “A funny science-FACTion nightmare about the end of everything, but how that’s all kind of okay”.
Matt Fraction says:
Jonathan and Albert are the best guests one could hope to have at an End of the World party. Jonathan’s swooning album becomes bright, bleak, and brilliant all at once, a wonderful extension of his body of work to date and an exploration of entirely new places and spaces; Albert, a genius unparalleled, must have not understood what we were asking him to do because he did it and did it wonderfully and all so much better than we could have ever imagined, seemingly unaware or simply uncaring that we were going to take credit for all of his cartooning sagacity and innovations, which are both legion and legendary; while I, a stowaway, remain the luckiest boy on the whole dummy bus.
Monteys discusses his part in the project:
We always find connections between comics, film, and literature, but I’ve always felt that graphic storytelling has a lot in common with music in its structure, pacing, and rhythm. This common ground is an almost unexplored territory where I happily ventured with the best company I could imagine. Jonathan Coulton and Matt Fraction are both creators of humane, provoking, and funny tales, and I’ve had a ton of fun fleshing out this colorful dystopia, trying to have words, sound, and art play together and have a great time.
Coulton chimes in:
As Solid State evolved from album, to ‘concept album,’ and then, ridiculously, to ‘concept album plus graphic novel,’ I was pretty sure I had bitten off more than I could chew. I handed a fuzzy outline of a wonky story to Matt and Albert, and they somehow teased out all these perfect, human details that I didn’t even know were there. There’s a real thrill that comes from being the least capable guy on the team, watching a couple of magicians pull things out of the air like it’s easy. I knew it was going to be good, but not this good.
Solid State is going to arrive in comic shops on Wednesday, July 26th and bookstores on Tuesday, August 1st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 5th. (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0365-2, Diamond code: MAY170645)