“In a digital era where people are listening with their eyes, I think we’re seeing the elements of sight, sound, story, and style finally coming together in a way that I’ve been about my entire life,” said Chuck D in a statement.
“I was raised with an artist’s mentality; my first 25 years were spent as somebody who wanted to live among graphics and artwork and illustration, and then for the next 30 years it was all music. In the last six years, I’ve reverted back into the arts, combining all of these elements in my work, still trying to change the world. This is truly what I want to do. My deepest thanks to Genesis for giving me a place to be able to display all of this through my artwork.”
Back in June, Z2, along with UMe/Def Jam, announced the first-ever graphic novel from Chuck, titled Apocalypse 91: The Revolution Never Sleeps. The book from the Public Enemyluminary is the latest in the publisher’s series of graphic celebrations of music icons which pair some of most notable names in comics with music superstars from all genres.
The book will be available next month, marking the 30th anniversary of the album that inspired it, Apocalypse 91: The Enemy Strikes Black. Nominated for a GRAMMY Award, the album hit No.4 on the Billboard 200 chart and featured powerful anthems “Shut ‘Em Down,” “Can’t Truss It,” and “By the Time I Get To Arizona,” a fiery retort to the state governor’s refusal to recognize the new Martin Luther King, Jr national holiday.
Apocalypse 91: Revolution Never Sleeps begins in 1991 and explodes into far-flung futures with a series of speculative fiction stories by the industry’s leading creators, including Evan Narcisse (Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Black Panther), Regine Sawyer (Dark Nights: Death Metal), Che Grayson (Batman: Urban Legends), Troy-Jeffrey Allen (Villain: All Caps), and many more.