“Weird Al” Yankovic & Z2 Comics Join Forces For The Original Graphic Novel THE ILLUSTRATED AL: The Songs of “Weird Al” Yankovic

The Prince of Parody Unites a Host of Acclaimed Artists; Collaborators include Drew Friedman, Mike & Laura Allred, Bill Plympton, Peter Bagge, Sam Vivano, Aaron Augenblick and Many More




LOS ANGELES, CA—Z2 Comics has announced a collaboration with pop culture icon “Weird Al” Yankovic to publish The Illustrated Al: The Songs of “Weird Al” Yankovic. Written by “Weird Al” Yankovic, this career-spanning visual feast unites some of the top living cartoonists to express Al’s “Yankovisions.” The Great AL-merican Songbook features 20-plus classic songs interpreted by such artists as Drew Friedman (MAD Magazine), Mike & Laura Allred (Madman), Bill Plympton (Your Face, Guard Dog), Aaron Augenblick (Superjail!, Ugly Americans), Peter Bagge (Hate), Sam Viviano (MAD Magazine), Steve Chanks (Revolver Magazine), Danny Hellman (Village Voice), Felipe Sobreiro (Luther Strode, Death’s Head), Gideon Kendall (MegaGhost), Michael Kupperman (Up All Night, The New Yorker), Wes Hargis (My New Teacher and Me!, When I Grow Up), Ruben Bolling ( Tom the Dancing Bug and Super-Fun-Pak Comix), Fred Harper (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal), and many more! The book also features a custom print set from Jesse Philips and a foreword from legendary  comic Emo Philips, who is also opening for Al on his current 133-show  tour of North America

“It’s such an incredible honor to see my song lyrics brought to life by some of my all-time favorite cartoonists and illustrators,” Yankovic says. “I’ve actually been playing the long game—the only reason I spent four decades in the music business is so that one day I could have my very own graphic novel.”

“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time. A five-time Grammy winner, his 2014 release Mandatory Fun was the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200. He is one of only three artists to have had their own Top 40 hits in each of the last four decades. On August 27, 2018, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce awarded Weird Al with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The upcoming Roku Original film, WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story, promises to reveal every facet of Al’s life, “from his meteoric rise to fame to his torrid celebrity love affairs.”   Daniel Radcliffe is portraying Al in the titular role.

“I don’t remember a time in my life before ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and, frankly, I don’t want to. His music, lyrics, artistry, and humor have been a constant influence in my career,” project editor and Z2 Comics Chief Business Officer Josh Bernstein continues. “Having Z2 assemble this all-star roster of the greatest living cartoonists to collaborate with Weird Al has been a dream come true. I hope both new and long-time Al-fanatics appreciate the love, care, and insane art that is going into this project. As always, we dare to be stupid.”

Z2 Comics and “Weird Al” Yankovic present The Illustrated Al: The Songs of “Weird Al” Yankovic in both softcover and hardcover formats, as well as oversized hardcover deluxe, and an oversized hardcover deluxe hand-signed edition. Drew Friedman and Mike & Laura Allred provide cover art. Deluxe editions include a wax pack of collector’s cards, a 3-piece art set from Jesse Philips, a vinyl slipmat, drink coasters, and, in the Super Deluxe Edition, Al-signed books as well  as a “Weird Al” Yankovic branded mini-accordion.

Justin Munday
Justin Munday
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