The Highly Anticipated Graphic Novel
October 29, 2018) This week sees the release of one the most anticipated graphic novels of the year, APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL.
To celebrate the book’s release, Amuse Group USA - a subsidiary of BABYMETAL’s powerhouse management company Amuse, Inc.- and Z2 Comics are releasing a preview of the book, which features the art of GMB Chomichuk and explores the unknown mythology of the band. The graphic novel is the first venture into the publishing world for BABYMETAL, whose hit songs like “Distortion,” “KARATE,” and “Gimme Chocolate!!,” have captured the imaginations around the world.
The recently released song “Starlight” is an image song celebrating this BABYMETAL moment. “Starlight” was first teased as part of the graphic novel’s trailer which debuted at New York Comic Con and now has over 125,000 views on YouTube.
Amuse Group USA and Z2 Comics also announced today that, in response to high demand in Japan, Z2 has prepared a Japanese translation guide for APOCRYPHA. The guide, which directly translates the book line-by-line from English to Japanese, will be available via an exclusive link using a code found in the book. A definitive Japanese edition has not yet been determined.
In APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL, a mission from the Fox God– an entity frequently highlighted in BABYMETAL’s music and performances – takes three reincarnating protagonists on a time-traveling journey. The book can be ordered online via Amazon, ASMART, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million; the stand
ard edition of the book will be in comic book stores and bookstores on October 30, 2018 and retail for $24.99. Additionally, new APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL merchandise will be available exclusively at BABYMETAL’s official online store on October 30.
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ABOUT BABYMETAL: Formed in 2010 in Japan, BABYMETAL is a metal dance unit. Their combination of powerful metal sound and dance performances, propelled their first studio album BABYMETAL onto the US Billboard charts. With their second album METAL RESISTANCE, they became the highest-charting Japanese band ever on UK’s Official Albums Chart, landing at number fifteen on the charts, and reaching the 39thspot on its debut on the U.S. Billboard, becoming the first album by a Japanese artist to break into the chart’s top 40 in more than 50 years.
BABYMETAL has performed with some of the most influential musicians in the world, having supported Lady Gaga on her ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour, opened for both the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns ‘N Roses, and performed as special guest for Metallica. They performed at the prestigious Wembley Arena in the UK, becoming the first Japanese artist to ever headline at the venue.
In summer 2017, BABYMETAL held a domestic tour 5 FOX FESTIVALS in JAPAN and BIG FOX FESTIVAL in JAPAN. In December 2017, BABYMETAL held a very special two-day concert in Hiroshima, SU-METAL’s hometown, to celebrate her “coming of age” at the Hiroshima Green Arena. In the same year, BABYMETAL was crowned “MTV EMA’s BEST JAPAN ACT” in which the group became the ultimate winner out of 32 countries and also became first Japanese act to be given such an award.
ABOUT APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL
Discover the myth of the worldwide music sensation BABYMETAL. Tasked with defeating the forces of darkness and division, the metal spirits must travel through a variety of eras of time, assuming different forms and identities. What we are seeing is not the BABYMETAL of the present. It's the original story based on BABYMETAL you've never heard before. The long-hidden metal spirit’s apocrypha of the METAL RESISTANCE will emerge.