To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gorillaz’s self-titled debut album, band co-creator and artist Jamie Hewlett has teamed up with Z2 comics to free The Gorillaz Art Book in April 2022. The 288-page book features “new interpretations” of Gorillaz by more than 40 artists, including Robert Smith, Jack Black, Laurie Vincent of the Slaves and Hewlett himself.
“Gorillaz has always collaborated with music, but this is the first time we’ve done an artistic collaboration,” Hewlett said in a statement. “I have really enjoyed working with so many of my favorite artists and the result is this amazing book.”
In addition to the aforementioned musicians, The Gorillaz Art Book also includes contributions from Super girls creator Craig McCracken, Clone high artistic director Tara Billinger, Adventure time artist Erik Fontaine, Buffy the vampire slayer designer Marianna Ignazzi, Mad Max: Fury Road co-writer Brendan McCarthy and music video director Ruffmercy.
Earlier this year, Gorillaz announced a super deluxe boxed reissue of their debut album Gorillaz and released a three song EP titled during this time. In 2020, they abandoned their all-star Song Machine: Season 1 – Strange Timez project as well as Gorillaz Almanac, a book documenting the 20-year history of the group.
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