‘Run The Dungeon’ From Self Defense Family’s Patrick Kindlon, Goran Gligovic, And Z2 Comics

by Richard Bruton

Self Defense Family frontman Patrick Kindlon and artist Goran Gligovic combine for Run The Dungeon, a new RPG-inspired, playable comic story and accompanying soundtrack coming in August from Z2 Comics.

Another week, another announcement from music-comics publisher Z2 Comics. They really are turning into the go-to place for all manner of music-related and music-inspired graphic novels, this week announcing the original graphic novel, Run The Dungeon, from Kindlon (We Can Never Go Home, Nobody Is In Control) and artistGligovic (The Bawdy Tales of Lazlo Cale), complete with a new original soundtrack by Kindlon’s band Self Defense Family.

Run The Dungeon promises to be an immersive mix of comic book storytelling, music, and the role-playing experience, with the graphic novel package including a soundtrack from Self Defense Family and an original pen and paper RPG based on the book.

“Being trapped in a scary stone labyrinth got entirely too dark and serious for me the past decade. I found myself wanting to read a proper 2nd Edition D&D style dungeon crawl. Where death is looming, but your job is to laugh in its face. Goran’s work inspired me to actually write what I’d been imagining, because he perfectly captures the energy of good-natured adventure. His art makes me feel like I’m in a basement with friends, arguing the effectiveness of the magic missile spell. Building Self Defense Family into the project came naturally as these were ideas we’d been talking about for some time while Chris expanded into composing music for TV. Run The Dungeon is the result of these two things colliding into a complete storytelling experience for me, and I think for readers as well.” – Patrick Kindlon.

“Run the Dungeon is something that has been in the works for quite some time, dating back to a time when we could all still catch up in Artist’s Alley or at a nearby hotel bar, talking comics and music, and how to create something totally new for fans of both. This project feels every bit as fun, fresh and unique today as it did the first time we spoke about it. I am thrilled to see this one finally making its way into the hands of fans of his band as well as comic book readers and gamers alike.” – Josh Frankel – Z2 Comics Publisher

The Run the Dungeon graphic novel will be released in a standard softcover edition in comic shops and bookstores alike in August 2021, as well a special deluxe edition available for preorder now only through the Z2 website, which will include a special exclusive vinyl edition Self Defense Family’s original soundtrack in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies! Standard editions include a code to download the soundtrack through Bandcamp.

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