Melissa Etheridge is about to release her very first graphic novel. Heartstrings: Melissa Etheridge and her guitars, will be released in June 2022, will chronicle Etheridge’s life through stories following some of the instruments from the artist’s extensive collection.
Performed by writers Frank Marrafino and Steve Hochman with art by Manuela Pertega, each chapter features a different guitar in Etheridge’s collection, named after an important woman in history with the story of their individual journeys.
“I’m so excited to announce my first official graphic novel, ‘Melissa Etheridge’s Heartstrings'” Shared Etheridge on Twitter. “Dive into some of my favorite guitar stories, each exciting, meaningful and so dear to my heart.”
The graphic novel, produced by Z2 Comics – which has previously worked with artists like Motley Crue, the Doors, Judas Priest, Blondie, Elvis Presley, Joan Jett and the Grateful Dead – is available in softcover and hardcover.
Additionally, Z2 will also release a Super Deluxe Edition featuring Etheridge’s autograph, exclusive art prints, coasters, journal, enamel pin, and lanyard. Limited to 100 copies, a Platinum Guitar Edition includes all Deluxe products, plus a signed Epiphone DR-100 guitar with book cover.
A two-time Grammy winner, Etheridge has released 17 albums throughout her nearly 40-year career. In 2007, Etheridge won an Oscar for her song “I Need to Wake Up” from the documentary An inconvenient truth.
Etheridge recently published Output, a collection of songs the artist revisited from 2013 with his band at Henson Studios in Los Angeles in 2013 before parting ways with his old label, in addition to six unreleased tracks recorded in 2002 at the Roxy in Los Angeles, including “You Have No Idea” and “Life Goes On”.
“As many of my fans know, my relationship with my guitars is beyond special and these instruments hold a very important place in my life,” Etheridge said of his foray into graphic novels with heart strings. “I’m so excited to share all of these stories and images from across my collection and have them all become part of this amazing graphic novel.”
Photo: Elizabeth Miranda