New From Z2 Comics – Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, John McCrea On ‘Blondie: Against The Odds’

by Richard Bruton

Z2 Comics are continuing to give us that heady mix of comics and music, just announcing a new graphic novel deal with Blondie! Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner are writing, John McCrea is drawing, and one of New York’s most iconic and enduring rock & roll bands finally make their comics debut!

Blondie: Against The Odds – cover by Amanda Conner, colours by Paul Mounts

2021 is set to be a bumper year for fans of the icon and hugely influential band, with the EP & Film release of their groundbreaking 2019 trip to Cuba, Blondie: Vivir En La Habana, their first archival box set, Blondie 1974-1982: Against the Odds, and they’re currently working on their 12th album with producer John Congleton.

And now we have the announcement of the Blondie graphic novel, Against The Odds, written by the Harley Quinn team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, and drawn by John McCRea (Hitman, Dead Eyes).

Z2 Comics is already making a name for itself with its line of official music-related graphic novels, including the recent Gorillaz Almanac. They’ve already collaborated with a diverse set of artists and debuted comic works by Sturgill Simpson, Poppy and Anthrax. In 2021, the company has already announced plans for graphic novel tie-ins to essential albums by The Doors, Ronnie James Dio, and All Time Low with more to be announced.

But it has to be said that this Blondie graphic novel is their highest-profile project to date, celebrating the work of a band that’s been hugely successful since the mid-70s when Debbie Harry and Chris Stein founded the group.

According to the press release from Z2 Comics, this is a book ‘inspired by some of their most iconic tracks, along with a few deep cuts‘, following their rise from the downtown Manhattan club scene to international fame ‘as told through and inspired by some of their early singles up through their enduring influence and cultural prominence in the present day.’ Co-writer Jimmy Palmiotti will be drawing on his own memories of a youth spent in the New York punk rock and new wave scene and its iconic venues like CBGB’s and the Mudd Club.

It’s definitely something the entire creative team and the band seem excited about –

“I think it would be impossible to give Blondie and the downtown New York music scene the proper respect and visceral representation it deserves if I didn’t live through it. My life was comic books and music and there was no more exciting time in my life than when Blondie hit the music scene. Amanda and I are having a blast telling the story of the band and how they went from killing it on stage in small clubs to becoming an unstoppable worldwide sensation.”
Jimmy Palmiotti

“When I was growing up (and still pretty much, to this day), a few of the things I loved were music, comic book heroes, ultra-cool style, and a wicked, wild, and weird sense of humor. Blondie embodies all those things, and when I listen to their music, I can’t not dance. Or if I have to sit and work for long hours, I can’t not at least bounce and bop along in my seat. As a teenager, Debbie Harry was one of the super-heroes I wanted to grow up to be. In fact, I still wanna grow up to be her.”
Amanda Conner

“I am drawing a new Blondie graphic novel written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, this is officially signed off on by the band which is pretty exciting! Big Blondie fan, big time happy!”
John McCrea

Blondie: Against the Odds will be released in Fall 2021 in hardback and softcover, available from comic shops and record stores worldwide. You can also get hold of exclusive deluxe and signed super deluxe versions from the Z2 website, packaged with exclusive vinyl, prints and more. The super deluxe edition will include the soon-to-be revealed archival box set.


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