HEY HI HEY PJ. it's been awhile. sorry about that.
My long-gestating book "Instrumental" is finally coming out on Z2 Comics. Release date is May 30, and it comes with a download card for the full-length "soundtrack" of new music composed and performed by me. There will be a cd release that will be a separate purchase, released by Outside-In Records.
Here's the official blurb for the book:
In the small hours of the morning, on a headlong collision into history, ambition, and magic, a trumpeter wails in the apocalypse.
“You are making it happen. All the deaths. All the destruction.”
Tom is a solid, but not great, musician. While his bandmates are happy to play gigs for themselves at their own clubs, drinking free beer and shooting the breeze, Tom aches for the next level, whatever that is. And as musicians are wont to do in magical fables, he meets a mysterious stranger with a seemingly simple offer: take a battered old trumpet for free, and just enjoy it, no exchanges and no strings. Whenever Tom plays it, the extraordinary music blows away his growing throngs of fans, and deadly mishaps start to follow. Tom may not have sold his soul for the music of the heavens, but he seems to have bargained away something much more serious.
From the critically acclaimed jazz musician Dave Chisholm,Instrumental is a high-spirited, suspenseful, formally inventive, visually musical graphic novel, an epic yet intimate riff on our longing search for what’s next.
here's a little preview of the music soundtrack to "Instrumental." hope you dig!
YOU GUYS! my book "Instrumental" is in this month's PREVIEWS! I'm SO DAMN EXCITED. Tell your LCS to stock it (if you want).
Here's the email that the PR folks sent out about the book to comic shops--I'm so stoked!
When I first saw Instrumental, the new graphic novel by Dave Chisholm from Z2 Comics on-sale this May, I assumed he was a veteran indie cartoonist who I'd just missed somehow. But this is actually Dave's first at-bat in the comics world -- he's an accomplished jazz musician and composer first. This makes his confident storytelling here pretty astounding.
A spiritual successor to introspective classic Vertigo titles from the likes of J.M. DeMatteis and Peter Milligan, and strongly reminiscent of Dave McKean's Cages and Scott McCloud's The Sculptor, Instrumental is a dark urban fantasy about music that can only be told in comics, with lively yet grounded art that illuminates the essence of a blistering trumpet solo, or a lonely night walk, or a run for your life from ancient mystical forces as you try to figure out the meaning of life, success, and art. The debut, complete with original soundtrack (yep—it comes with the book!), is such an innovative addition to the medium that it makes you wonder where Dave's been all these years.
Readers who come to Instrumental for the cool story will find even more surprises as they dive in. Besides the free music that sweetens the deal, Dave employs a playful formal innovation that not only brings music to life on the page, but brings us to different planes of reality through experiments with perspective, gutters, and art style shifts that convey the book’s meaning as much as the words and art do themselves. Perfect for music fans who love comics, or searching artists of all stripes, it also works for anyone who loves the comics medium itself and likes seeing it pushed in new directions.
Publicity outreach with exclusive preview pitches begins now, and Dave is promoting the music/book combo through the jazz outlets who already cover his many varied projects. I hope you like it as much as I do! A your-eyes-only review copy can be downloaded here along with a private link to the music, and a folder of shareable art.
Thanks so much for considering the book and for all your support!