After a Storied 25+ Year Career, The Band Announces Its First Ever Foray Into Sequential Storytelling with ‘555’ On Sale Now Exclusively Through Z2’s Website!
Random Shock Studios, the team behind other successful Z2 releases teams up with Jimmy Eat World’s Jim Adkins for an original slab of science fiction inspired by the music of the platinum selling artists behind such massive hits as “The Middle,” and “Pain.”
Jim Adkins says “There was a fair bit of world-building around the characters for the ‘555’ music video and it felt too interesting to end the story there… it screamed for a comic adaption. I gave Alex Paknadel the basics of the character backstories and he was able to conceptualize an amazing world that Koren Shadmi perfectly illustrated.”
Klaarg took the job at the edge of known space to be as far away from the Asano Pact – from people – as possible. As the overseer of a factory that produces Kudj Kram, the cloned slave labor that keeps the corrupt system he represents running, his days are exactly as he wants them: empty and without incident. However, when his factory is targeted for closure, Klaarg discovers that he is as expendable to his superiors as the creatures in his charge.
Adkins continues “The song ‘555’ is about shifting your thinking from what you can gain to how you can contribute and the surprising rewards that brings. Based on that concept, our main character KLAARG works for an evil galactic empire as an overseer of a cloned work force and ends up battling with his own values as his purpose in the universe becomes threatened.”
“We started work on this project with Jim awhile back, and I am thrilled to see it released” says Josh Frankel, publisher of Z2 Comics. “Jimmy Eat World were one of the first bands we spoke with who had an immediate understanding of the potential of comic book storytelling to further the experience for music fans beyond an album or tour. I think that what we came up with together will be uniquely satisfying to fans of comics and music lovers alike.”
Jimmy Eat World: 555 is released today exclusively on Z2’s webstore in three versions, a 60 page oversized softcover comic, a hardcover, and only 100 hand signed hardcovers. The comic is co-written by Adkins and Random Shock Studios and features art by Koren Shadmi (Love Addict, The Twilight Man). Order your copy direct from Z2 today!
About Z2 Comics:
Z2 is the premier destination for official music-related graphic novels, created by way of direct and authentic partnerships with top-tier artists, musicians, directors and pop-culture icons. Z2 has published the first-ever Gorillaz graphic album, as well as debut comic works by Grammy nominated artists Sturgill Simpson and Poppy, pop punk provocateur Yungblud, and many others. Additionally, the company has tapped top talent for official graphic biographies for such legends as Beethoven, Charlie Parker, The Grateful Dead, and Elvis Presley. In 2021, Z2 will publish graphic novel tie-ins to essential albums by The Doors, Anthrax, Dio, and many more to be announced
About Jimmy Eat World:
Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band formed in 1993 in Mesa, Arizona The band is composed of Jim Adkins, Tom Linton, Rick Burch, and Zach Lind. They have released ten studio albums, the latest being ‘Surviving’ in 2019.
The four-piece’s commercial breakthrough came with the release of Bleed American in 2001 and they have continued to release critically acclaimed albums for the almost three decades.
On the heels of their wildly successful global stream series “Phoenix Sessions” that saw the band play ‘Surviving’, ‘Futures’ and ‘Clarity’ each in their entirety, the band is set to take on yet another first with the release of this book.