Joan Jett And The Blackhearts Brings The Rock & Roll To Comics With ’40×40′ From Z2 Comics!

by Richard Bruton

One of the most iconic and influential rock & roll legends comes to comics with two classic rock albums in one great new graphic novel – 40×40: Bad Reputation / I Love Rock n’ Roll.

(Cover by Tara McPherson)

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – 40×40: Bad Reputation/I Love Rock n’ Roll comes out this fall from Z2 Comics, a celebration of the Queen of Rock & Roll, written and drawn by some of the most renowned female creators from around the world.

Leader of the Blackhearts, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, eight platinum and gold albums, nine Top 40 singles, including the classics ‘Bad Reputation’, ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’, ‘I Hate Myself For Loving You’, and ‘Crimson and Clover’.

Her independent record label, Blackheart, was founded in 1980 after she was rejected by no less than 23 labels and is one of the longest-running indie labels.

Joan Jett’s music gets the Z2 Comics treatment this fall, with the 20 tracks from her first two albums brought to graphic life in a new graphic anthology bringing together a who’s who list of female creators from the comic book and pop culture worlds, including famed artist Tara McPherson to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Joan’s landmark albums Bad Reputation and I Love Rock n’ Roll.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – 40×40: Bad Reputation/I Love Rock n’ Roll will be released this fall from Z2 Comics, available in softcover, hardcover, along with the Z2 Comics website exclusive limited-edition deluxe and super deluxe versions, complete with exclusive vinyl, art prints and, marking this 40th Anniversary, you can get your hands on one of 40 platinum edition copies, complete with an Epiphone Guitar, gig bag and signed certificate of authenticity.

“When we began working with Z2 Comics on Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 40 x 40 for the 40th Anniversary of I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll and Bad Reputation, we reflected on all the rejection and opposition Joan faced from the industry as a woman with a guitar, especially at the beginning of her career. Luckily, she blocked out the noise and showed the doubters she could do it herself. The comic world, much like the Rock ‘n’ Roll world, is fairly underrepresented in terms of women, particularly in the mainstream. We thought this was a great opportunity to celebrate comic writers and illustrators who happen to be women, and who, like Joan, are constantly being asked what it’s like to be “a WOMAN….” in their respective industries. We are so excited to bring these amazing artists and writers together to celebrate this milestone anniversary.” – Carianne Brinkman, President of Blackheart

“Joan Jett is the epitome of a rock ’n’ roll icon and a powerful force of a woman. When I was young and teaching myself how to play bass and starting bands, she was such an inspiration to me, and I know to so many other girls as well. She’s a fierce woman making no apologies, showing females they have a place in rock!” – Tara McPherson

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