Z2 Comics have announced that next Fall, they’ll be partnering with Hollywood film/TV production company Amuse Group USA, and Babymetal’s producer Kobametal to publish an original graphic novel in Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal.
The OGN will feature art by award-winning illustrator GMB Chomichuk.
Formed in 2010, Babymetal is a metal dance unit made up of three performers, Su-Metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal. They combine metal sound and dance performances and have garnered some star fandom in Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Rob Zombie.
Z2 Comics have previously collaborated on music-inspired graphic novels with Dan Auerbach, Robert Finley, the Music Maker Foundation, DJ Paul Oakenfold, and jazz musician Dave Chisholm.
Z2 Comics Co-Publisher Sridhar Reddy says:
With the book still months from publication, it’s too early to reveal much. In the months to come, BABYMETAL fans can expect more announcements, but today I would say the question we should be asking is not who is BABYMETAL, but what is BABYMETAL?’
Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal will be available online for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Kinokuniya USA, and on sale in comic book stores and bookstores in October 2018 and will retail for $24.99.
Also, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Kinokuniya USA, and Japanese online market Asmart will each release a limited special cover edition of the graphic novel (pre-order dates for Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Kinokuniya USA are TBD). Besides the cover design, the special cover edition will be identical to the standard version.
In May, Babymetal will also be on a world tour across the United States and Europe with performances scheduled at Rock on the Range and Download UK:
BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018
2018/05/08 Kansas City, MO / Uptown Theater
2018/05/10 Austin, TX / ACL Live at the Moody Theater
2018/05/11 Dallas, TX / House of Blues Dallas
2018/05/13 Houston, TX / Revention Music Center
2018/05/15 Atlanta, GA / Tabernacle Atlanta
2018/05/17 Charlotte, NC / The Fillmore
2018/05/18 Nashville, TN / Marathon Music Works
2018/05/20 Columbus, OH / 「Rock on the Range」appearance
2018/06/01 Nürburg, Germany /「Rock am Ring」at Nürburgring appearance
2018/06/02 Nuremberg, Germany /「Rock im Park」at Zeppelinfeld appearance
2018/06/04 Innsbruck, Austria/ Music Hall Innsbruck
2018/06/05 Utrecht, Netherlands / TivoliVredenburg
2018/06/06 Utrecht, Netherlands / TivoliVredenburg
2018/06/09 Derby, UK / 「Download UK」at Donington Park appearance
Babymetal’s Official Web Site: