‘Weird Al’ Yankovic: The Great American Novelty Song Machine”
“Weird Al” Yankovic, America’s biggest musical talent, is getting a book.
The comedy icon and creator of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s annual smash single “Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” is launching a new comic book series. While it’s not the first comic book he’s written since launching his career as a stand-up comic, it’s the longest-running series of the sort. And it looks to be the most ambitious.
Weird Al and his co-creator J.M. DeMatteis released a book titled “Weird Al: I’ll Be Your Mirror” in 2004. Published by Image Comics, the book featured Yankovic’s comic strips on one CD and interviews with him, DeMatteis, and other people involved in the publishing business. It was a huge hit and helped inspire the creation of a new series titled “Weird Al on the Co, which continues its run on the series.
Since then, Yankovic has collaborated on various projects with DeMatteis, including the “Weird Al” parody “Punk’d” and the Broadway play “Weird Al: The Musical” based on “Weird Al’s” film, “Weird Al.”
The pair have been working on “Weird Al: The Comic,” which will be an eight-issue limited series published by Image Comics. Unlike the original work, though, it will be a graphic novel.
“The original work (titled “Weird Al’s Guide to Life”) is really a book of pop culture trivia,” Yankovic said in a statement by his publicist. “This book will be a more complex work, with deeper explorations into the characters and concepts, but with a lighter feel and comedic tone.”
He added: “This is a very exciting time for ‘Weird Al’s’ comic book and all of our creative endeavors.”
The book will be published this spring and will feature original stories from Yankovic and artists like Paul Pope, Scott Snyder, Gabriel Bá, Chris Samnee, and Jim Baen.