So here's a funny thing that happened. Last year, I went on a boat. It was a boat with Jonathan Coulton on it -- and a bunch of other people it turns out? -- and we all spent time together on a boat, avoided listeria, and had a grand old time.
A couple/few weeks afterward, I think, Jonathan reached out to me. There was this project he'd been working on, and he had an idea. His next record was kind of a concept thing, kind of an adventure for him in storytelling, only maybe he'd not done so thorough a job of telling the story, or maybe he had, either way, maybe there could be, maybe should be, a kind of graphic novel that, like, ties into it somehow? Or not! Who knows. It could be whatever.
It was a very Coulton-esque job offer.
And thus my involvement in SOLID STATE began, which, it turns out, is a very Coulton-esque album.
JC says it's "a concept album about the internet, trolls, artificial intelligence, and how love and empathy will save humanity!"
Which is, I suppose, true enough. Although I find that description almost criminally lacking in its emphasis on dodecahedrons, which, SPOILERS, is the safest shape, so, of course it's a critical piece of our story. It's like BRAZIL if BRAZIL was an office comedy. It's 2001: A SILICON VALLEY. It was like writing the book to a musical. It's the first straight-up graphic novel I've written in more than ten years and, boy oh boy, what a different beast that is from a floppy thing with staples. It's a graphic novel I wrote that dances around the raindrops of the record. It was a chance to superimpose my work over someone else's and see what we could find together. A retrocollaboration? It was a lot of fun. It's a dessert topping and a floor wax.
What it REALLY was, more than anything else for me, was a chance to work with yet another mad Spaniard genius, Sr. Albert Monteys, introduced to me by David Aja, madman supreme, who said something along the lines of, "This is the guy everybody over here wants to be," or something close to it, which, shit, man, if fuckin' David says it... y'know?
Anyway, Albert was our first choice and our only choice and me and Jonathan are the luckiest jerks on the whole jerk bus because Albert said yes and it's all so much better because of him.
Of course you know Albert from his pay-what-you-want masterpiece running on Panel Syndicate right now, UNIVERSE!, which is just absolutely the best thing in the world and I hated that doing SOLID STATE meant slowing down progress on UNIVERSE! but now we're done so more UNIVERSE! is happening and you gotta read UNIVERSE! you gotta, mister, you gotta…
More will come as we get closer to the book's (& album’s!) release (4/28!). For now, THIS has all the info you need.
Keep safe, buddies.
Oh hey, I got that thing where, like, all I want to do is lie down under a heavy blanket and smell my dog's head all day. What's that called?
(A very sneaky peek...)