Z2 Comics continues its streak of music-related comics with Young Renegades, a new original graphic novel from All Time Low. With a brand new storyline inspired by the band’s 2017 album Last Young Renegade, the book is written by Tres Dean and illustrated by Robert Wilson IV and Megan Huang.
Who needs a high school reunion when your favorite band is playing a secret show the same night? That’s what Connor and Becca, two classmates who never crossed paths until their ten-year reunion, decide when they hear about a secret All Time Low show in town. As they follow the clues to the secret location, they begin to realize that larger forces are pushing them together and learn the power of hearing the right song in the right place at the right time
“When we wrote our album ‘Last Young Renegade‘ we imagined an entire world separate of our own, almost a “what if” version of All Time Low, both with our musical sound and with the visual narrative we put together around it” says All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth. “Creating ‘Young Renegades‘ the graphic novel allows us to tell more stories in the universe we imagined and delve deeper into the mythos and thematic ideas that were at play when we were celebrating that era. ‘Young Renegades‘ is another branch, another thread and another look into the LYR continuity through an incredible medium we’ve never collaborated in before. Working with the story-tellers and artists on this project has been an incredible new undertaking and we can’t wait for everyone to enjoy it with us.”
Publisher Josh Frankel says “Young Renegades is a super fun story inspired both by the album and the best comic book mysteries. It’s an authentic love letter to the Warped Tour generation from a creative team made up of fans themselves.”
Writer Tres Dean echoes that statement, saying “As a lifelong Warped Tour kid, All Time Low was a big part of growing up for me. Throughout high school I was at almost every show they played in Virginia and made some memories with my friends there that I cherish to this day. Having the chance to work with them all these years later – and getting to do so through a story that (hopefully!) captures everything their music meant to me and so many other hopeless pop punk romantics back then – has been an incredible experience.”
Young Renegades will be available in a standard softcover edition in comic shops and bookstores in June 2021. There will also be a special deluxe edition available through the Z2 website that includes a new vinyl edition of Last Young Renegade available in limited quantities. All versions are available for pre-order now.