Earlier this month we looked at how music can be an inspirational point for some of the comics we love. But what about the musicians themselves who get involved with the creative process of making comics? There have been many songsmiths and instrumentalists who have tried their hands at making art with comic books, so as part of our Music Month at SYFY WIRE, we are counting down 7 Essential Musicians Turned Comic Creators in this original video.
Telling a story with lyrics, composing music, and conceptualizing it into a music video helps these artists connect the audience to their songs. Similarly, the art in comics can do all of that as well, so it makes sense that musicians of all kinds have dipped into writing comics to varying degrees of success. For example, KISS’s Gene Simmons, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morrello, and Run D.M.C.’s Darryl McDaniels have all written interesting comics. Even Coldplay has made a comic book that ties into their album Mylo Xyloto.
So how did we come up with our list? Regardless of the music legacy, we took into account all musicians and what they brought to the conversation of comics. We also took a look at the quality of story or stories these musicians created and whether their works were able to pull in an audience, beyond their built-in fans, who were familiar with their music to begin with.
Check out our video list and let us know what you think in the comments section. If your favorite musician-turned-comic-creator didn’t make our cut, go ahead and add them in the comments below, along with your favorite comics by them.