Rush’s A Farewell to Kings, the Canadian prog/rock band‘s fifth full-length album released in 1977, was a landmark achievement for the iconic group — and its conception is the focus of a stylish new graphic novel set to be released on September 10.
Announced this week, The Making of Farewell to Kings The Graphic Novel is the product of the company Fantoons, and features input directly from guitarist Alex Lifeson, as well as producer Terry Brown.
— Rush (@rushtheband) April 16, 2019
From Rush’s official news release:
“We worked incredibly hard to create a graphic novel that celebrates the music of RUSH, and the creation of the album of ‘A Farewell to Kings’ as a work of art” says Fantoons LA-based creative director, David Calcano. “We think this book will be something for comics and music fans alike to cherish.”
This epic, fully authorized graphic novel chronicles the birth of RUSH’s classic album A Farewell to Kings. Relive the production trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee & Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to such tracks as “Closer to the Heart,” and the majestic “Xanadu”. The book is co-written by Fantoons’ David Calcano and Lindsay Lee, and features artwork by Juan Riera and Ittai Manero. The story was written with input from RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson and album producer Terry Brown, who also penned the foreword.
Fantoons and Rush have built a strong relationship over the years, as this new graphic novel isn’t their first collaboration by any means:
Previous releases through the partnership between the band and publisher have included 2015’s RUSHToons by Fantoons Vol. 2112, 2017’s & Where’s Geddy, Alex and Neil Vol. 1. In July of 2019, Fantoons will release a unique, fully authorized coloring book, with 70 evocative illustrations packed with gorgeous RUSH artwork and references from Moving Pictures to Clockwork Angels.
This news comes as Rush also recently announced another book, Rush: Wandering The Face Of The Earth: The Official Touring History, which will be released on October 15.
Happy reading, prog-rock enthusiasts! And in the meantime, be sure to read our past feature chat with drummer Neil Peart — about many things, but mostly his undying thirst for travel and experiencing the world.