Record producer and DJ Paul Oakenfold played an integral part in the rise of club culture, and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the trip to Ibiza that kicked his career into high gear, Oakenfold is crafting a new graphic novel with Z2 Comics and a team of exciting indie comics artists. November’s The Wonderful World Of Perfecto: With Paul Oakenfold And Friends pairs artists like Tyler Boss, Chris Hunt, Ian McGinty, and Koren Shadmi with Oakenfold to recount different periods of his life, from his two-year residency at Cream nightclub to that time he drank absinthe with Hunter S. Thompson and his tour with U2. It’s the the latest title in Z2’s new initiative pairing graphic novels with original music, giving readers a soundtrack that informs the material on the page.
“We think bringing together music and graphic novels can be the secret sauce of Z2 Comics,” says Z2 Comics Co-Publisher Josh Frankel. “Our goal is to work closely with musicians and graphic novel creators to create a unique experience, where the music informs the narrative of the graphic novel and vice versa.” Z2 released its first music/graphic novel release last week with Murder Ballads, a thriller by writer Gabe Soria and artist Paul Reinwand that explores the dark side of the music industry with a soundtrack by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and bluesman Robert Finley. Oakenfold is composing new music for The Wonderful World Of Perfecto, and readers can check out this multimedia experience when the graphic novel goes on sale November 21.