Veteran comics editor Joe Illidge (Milestone, Valiant, A Wave Blue World) and writer Hannibal Tabu (2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt, 2019 City of Los Angeles Cultural Trailblazer) joined together to create a journey through a formative time in American musical history.
Publisher's Weekly revealed some details about a new original graphic novel from Humanoids called MPLS Sound, written by Illidge and Tabu with art by Meredith Laxton, Tan Shu and Ryan Lewis with featured cover art by Minneapolis citizen Jen Bartel, overseen by Fabrice Sapolsky (Spider-Man: Noir, One-Hit Wonder). Illidge unveiled the project at the historic Apollo Theatre during a panel on careers in comics and graphic novels.
"Prince exploded on the music scene in 1978 putting the Minneapolis music scene and its many local bands on the map." Illidge said, "MPLS Sound is the story of Starchild, a fictional band led by an ambitious young black female musician that almost achieves stardom in 1983. Through Starchild's journey, MPLS Sound chronicles, from a distance, the rise of a musical genius, and the rebirth of a city." Illidge described Starchild as a "fictional band that competed to play with Prince in the early Eighties. Basically, they were the prototype for The Revolution."
"I was very grateful for a chance to learn from Joe, and work closely with Fabrice," Tabu said, "two very smart industry vets who taught me a lot in this process. It all started as the seed of an idea in Fabrice's head, focusing on this era and this sound. Joe and I served as midwives to bring it into being. Growing up with this music, I hope people will really enjoy what we've done together."
Bleeding Cool is proud to present exclusive artwork from Laxton from this project, due to be published in October 2020.