Winter – the graphic novel
We are very happy to announce Winter – the graphic novel! We have long been interested in the idea of asking a graphic novelist to interpret the band’s narrative lyrics in a style that fits with the music, in the same way that Joolz’s wonderful iconic cover art has always worked so well for us.
As we began to look at the work of many artists across the World, we became fixated on Matt Huynh, particularly for his incredible work on ‘The Boat’.
Partly it was the humanist attitude in the drawings that appealed so much – perhaps as a result of his own family story - and partly because his sumi-e style looks and feels as if it is done fast, giving a terrific energy and movement to the art. A lot of graphic novels lean deliberately towards horror and ugliness when dealing with dark subjects. Matt has the ability to combine violence and tragedy with a certain beauty and human empathy – something we have always strived for in our own creations. For us he has taken three songs - Die Trying, Devil and Winter and woven them into a continuous narrative. We’re so glad that he embraced the idea so readily and brilliantly; we think the result is something really strong – we hope like the album itself.
Matt Huynh is an artist based in New York City. His comics and drawings are informed by sumi-e ink painting and shodo calligraphy. His clients include The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and GQ. His work appears in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection and his comics have been presented on the Sydney Opera House stage.
In 2016, Huynh was awarded the World Illustration Award in the Editorial Professional category. He was nominated for Australian of the Year, appointed ambassador for New Beginnings Refugee Arts Festival on World Refugee Day, and awarded a special commendation by the United Nations Media Peace Awards for his interactive comic book The Boat. Visit www.matthuynh.com
Matt himself writes:
“The proposition of making comics to accompany New Model Army's new songs is as daunting as it is foolish. The songs are complete and powerful experiences in their own right, but their appeal to contemporary experiences of some of our most vulnerable - refugees and asylum seekers - was irresistibly call to me as the child of refugees from the Vietnam War and as an advocate. To find the contemporary refugee experience in New Model Army's metal and melodies lit the way to my own charge - that we can be powerful with surprise, and we can connect with delight.
It's a rare opportunity to reach beyond the solitary discipline of making comics to collaborate with powerful artists and masters of their own respective discipline. But armed with the band's lyricism and phantom melodies humming behind every panel, I'm given a fresh palette to propel a novel experience of comics along, and hopefully a new perspective on the music of New Model Army too”.
The A4 size, 60 page graphic novel is a one-off limited edition that you will be able to pre-order via our online Shop
from next week to be sent out from the end of September. We will publish the links as soon as we have them.
It will also be available from various outlets and will be on sale on the coming “Winter” tour beginning at the end of September.