Z2 Comics has been making waves with a number of music-based comics and graphic novels. Now it’s going way back with its next release, celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The publisher has teamed up with Deutsche Grammophon to re-imagine the life of the legendary composer in The Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology. It will be accompanied by a new compilation album from Deutsche Grammophon that mirrors the story through the composer’s works.
Z2 Comics Publisher Josh Frankel says:
Beethoven wrote some of the most universally recognizable pieces of music in the history of the planet. It is of course, incredibly exciting to publish the work of some of today’s well-known artists, but to have this chance to tell comic book stories from and inspired by the life of one of the most legendary artists of all time is humbling. We have done our very best to honor this by putting together what we believe will be an essential read for music lovers of all ages.
The graphic novel clocks in at 144 pages and will feature a painted cover by David Mack. The only creator announced for the project so far is Brandon Montclare and more will be revealed at a later date.
Kleopatra Sofroniou, Vice President Marketing Deutsche Grammophon added:
As one of the longest-standing record labels, Deutsche Grammophon has been celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary this year with a number of projects, including the most comprehensive New Complete Edition of Beethoven’s works ever issued and wonderful new releases with stars like Anne-Sophie Mutter, Daniel Barenboim, Yo-Yo Ma and Rudolf Buchbinder. We are delighted to be encouraging the dialogue between the visual arts and classical music and hope that this exciting new project will open doors for comic book fans to discover the magic of Beethoven’s music.
The Final Symphony: A Beethoven Anthology is set for release in comic shops and bookstores in November 2020. It is currently available for pre-order at the Z2 Comics website.