For The Love Of Guitars: Melissa Etheridge’s ‘Heartstrings’ Coming From Z2 Comics

by Richard Bruton

The first release announcement from Z2 Comics for 2022 brings one of rock’s great female icons to comics with Melissa Etheridge’s Heartstrings – probably the first graphic novel ever to be inspired by a guitar collection.

The singer-songwriter and activist’s first graphic novel, Heartstrings, will, according to Z2’s PR, “Give personal insight into the instruments behind one of rock’s greatest female icons.”

Each chapter of the graphic novel will relate to one of the guitars in Etheridge’s famously large collection.

As many of my fans know, my relationship is to my guitars is beyond special and these instruments hold a very significant place in my life. I am so excited to share all these stories and images from my entire collection and have them all be a part of this incredible graphic novel.
Melissa Etheridge

Joining Etheridge for the graphic novel will be Frank Marrafino, veteran music journalist Steve Hochman, with art by Manuela Pertega.

Melissa Etheridge’s Heartstrings will be released in both softcover and hardcover formats in book stores, comic shops, and record stores in June 2022, just in time for Pride Month in honour of Etheridge’s importance in the LGBTQ community. As with all Z2 releases, you’ll be able to find exclusive deluxe and super deluxe versions on the Z2 Comics website, complete with exclusive vinyl, art prints, hand-signed guitars, all the way up to the Melissa-signed Epiphone guitar that comes with the platinum edition.

“From the very first time I saw Melissa perform, when she was still an unknown but clearly explosive talent, I’ve wanted to help her share her story with the world and have been privileged to do so throughout the years. But in sharing the story of these guitars, there’s no better way than in this creative format, in which we get to show as well as tell the tales of her incredible collection of stringed instruments, vividly portrayed through Frank’s brilliance with dialogue and scene-setting, and in Manuela’s captivating artwork.” – Steve Hochman

Melissa Etheridge – photo credit Larry Marano/REX

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