Z2 Comics has revealed its first title of its Spring 2021 lineup with Oliver Tree’s first graphic novel, Oliver Tree Vs. Little Ricky: Alien Boys. Tree is joined by co-author and artist Orpheus Collar.
Alien Boys tells Oliver Tree’s life story, picking up as he is thrown into the meat grinder of the music industry to promote his debut retirement album “Ugly is Beautiful”. Denied his chosen herbal medicine to overcome the aches and pains brought on by a deadly life in the fast lane, Oliver threatens to retire, prompting his label to find an out-of-this world replacement in Little Ricky, an alien with a sick mix tape….In a world too small for the both of them, Oliver and Ricky are forced to either become fast friends or throw down in a turbo-charged battle that threatens to destroy them both.
“I’ve been writing this manifesto for the last 15 years, and after hundreds of different versions, I’ve finally crafted the greatest story ever told.” says Oliver Tree. “This is my magnum opus, based off real events from my travels around the world. Let this book serve as a bible for my fellow artists in their darkest hour…”
“When I retired from comics in 2019, I didn’t think there was anything that could draw me back”, says co-author Orpheus Collar. “But as I was drawn into Oliver and Ricky’s orbit, I connected with their struggles navigating art and commerce. Alien Boys is a prescient and exciting tale, which, like the thumping bassline of Oliver & Ricky’s musical oeuvre, will resonate with people of all beats of life. For those interested in out-of-this-world scooter tricks, punching and kicking, there’s plenty of that too.”
Little Ricky ZR3 comments “I do not endorse this book in any way. I haven’t received any financial compensation for my contributions to the novel. Oliver did not allow me to be credited as a writer, which is strange because it’s based off my life as well. Also I would like to say I do not believe this story to be entirely accurate. He left out extremely important details to save face from making himself look bad.”
“Oliver has descended upon comics like the Son of Odin to wield his scooter like Thor swinging Mjölnir,” says Z2 publisher Josh Frankel. “This book has everything his fans would want out of his first comic book, and everything comics fans could need for full indoctrination into Oliver Tree fandom. With Orpheus handling the art, I would argue that the world of Oliver Tree and Lil Ricky has never been more vivid and more hilarious.”
As with other Z2 Comics releases, Oliver Tree Vs. Little Ricky: Alien Boys will be available in a standard graphic novel edition as well as some deluxe formats. The deluxe edition, limited to 1,500 copies features the hardcover graphic novel with exclusive cover artwork, a vinyl picture disc LP of “Ugly is Beautiful,” three never before seen Alien Boys inspired art prints, and a limited edition hardcover slipcase for the book. The super deluxe edition, limited to 500 copies adds an Oliver Tree vs. Little Ricky statue.
All versions of the graphic novel are currently available for pre-order at the Z2 Comics site. It’s set for release on April 6th, 2021.