30 Years Of ‘Little Earthquakes’ – New Graphic Novel Celebration From Tori Amos An; Z2 Comics.
by Richard Bruton
With the 30th anniversary of Tori Amos‘ brilliant debut album, Little Earthquakes, Z2 Comics and Amos partner for a graphic novel celebration.
Little Earthquakes: The Graphic Album, will be the second work in comics to interpret Tori Amos‘ music and lyrics after 2008’s Comic Book Tattoo. And like Comic Book Tattoo, Little Earthquakes will be an anthology packed with writing and artistic talent, including Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood, interpreting the 24 songs and B-sides from her iconic debut album, Little Earthquakes.
30 years old in 2022, this debut album immediately established Amos as a unique voice, a hugely talented singer-songwriter and incredible performer. It also established a longstanding friendship with Gaiman after Amos famously referenced The Sandman in her song Tear In Your Hand:
If you need me, me and Neil’ll be hangin’ out with the dream king.
The Little Earthquakes Graphic Novel reunites Amos and her work with editor Rantz Hoseley at Z2 Comics, who previously edited Comic Book Tattoo, and was the man responsible for putting Tori’s tape into Gaiman’s hand in 1991.
The project’s complete line-up of talent will come later, but right now there’s Neil Gaiman suitably writing a tale inspired by Tear In Your Hand with artist Bilquis Evely, legendary author Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) brings to life the iconic song Silent All These Years with artist David Mack, who’s also the cover artist. Other contributors include Leah Moore, Colleen Doran, Derek McCulloch, Lar deSouza, Annie Zaleski, Marc Andreyko, Cat Mihos, Neil Kleid, and Alison Sampson.
“To have some of the most creative graphic artists interpret the songs from Little Earthquakes, is a true honor. I enjoyed working with Rantz on Comic Book Tattoo so much that when he contacted me about putting something together for the 30th Anniversary, I had no hesitation. Artwork is such an important part of my musical world and to see these songs come to life in graphic form is such a joy.
Having been present during the writing of many of these songs, I can tell you they are inextricably bound to comics. They were on the early demo cassette that I snuck to Neil Gaiman at the San Diego Comic-Con in 1991, telling him ‘this is my friend, she sings about you, please don’t sue her.’ It’s been too long since Comic Book Tattoo, and it’s truly a pleasure to get to make comics with Tori again.” – Editor Rantz Hoseley
A full list of participating creators and the stories they are creating will be released on March 11th, coinciding with the first part of Tori’s Ocean to Ocean tour.
Little Earthquakes: The Graphic Album will be available in three editions. The 8”x8” standard hardcover edition through bookstores, comic shops, and record stores in September 2022, and available for pre-order through Z2 Comics and ToriAmos.com. There’s also Deluxe and Platinum Artists Editions available exclusively through Z2’s website in limited quantities.
The oversized 12”x12” Deluxe Edition is limited to 1,450, packaged in a collectors slipcase, with vinyl releases of Little Earthquakes and the previously unavailable vinyl picture disc of Little Earthquakes: The B Sides, as well as 12”x12” art prints by Comic Book Tattoo contributors Jason Levesque, KAKO, and David Mack.
The Platinum Artists Edition is a limited edition of 500 copies, and includes the signed and numbered oversized 12”x12” graphic novel with a foil embossed hardcover, the vinyl album of Little Earthquakes and the exclusive B-Sides picture disc vinyl, prints by Jason Levesque and KAKO, and a print of the cover signed by David Mack and Tori Amos, and a sketchbook/diary, contained in a die-cut clamshell collectors box that echoes the wooden crate that is synonymous with the cover of this album.