If You Loved Glastonbury, Try These Comics Next
Glastonbury Festival is known worldwide as one of the most expansive and ecclectic music festivals, with the best and most varied selection of music from superstar artists to emerging acts. This year saw Adele blow everyone away on the Pyramid Stage, LCD Soundsystem triumphantly return on the Other Stage, and a whole host of other amazing acts throughout the weekend.
If you're a major audiophile and you want to bring a little crossover into you love of comics, we've assembled a list of some of the five best music or music inspired independent comics to check out while you run out the clock until the next Glastonbury.
Phonogram: Rue BrittaniaKieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie
If you only read one comic about music, it's going to be one of Phonogram's three volumes, and while often overlooked in favor of its successors, the first volume is in many ways the most personal and the most unrepentantly British.
The story follows a Phonomancer named David Kohl haunted by his own past as someone seeks to resurrect the Goddess he betrayed years earlier and if they succeed, not only will it forever alter his personality but Kula Shaker may reform!
Love The Way You LoveJamie S. Rich & Marc Ellerby
Another overlooked gem from the mid-2000s, Love The Way You Love is a modern day retelling of Tristan & Isolde that casts the star-crossed lovers as the lead singer of an up-and-coming band, and young woman trapped in an engagement she's not sure she wants.
The two would-be lovers must evaluate everything they thought they wanted in life as they're confronted with new possibilities that threaten to change the trajectory of their lives in new and exciting ways, but maybe that's what they want.
Hopeless SavagesJen Van Meter, Chynna Clugston & Christine Norrie
The parents of the Hopless-Savage family were once punk stars and have since settled down to raise a family that while non-conformist, is strong, loyal and loving. Most of the children have since moved away, except for the youngest, Skank Zero, who remains at home and often clashes with her mother over their similar personalities.
The first volume sees the Hopeless-Savage children come together after their parents are kidnapped and they have to track down their oldest brother who abandoned his punk roots. Together, they work to return their parents home safely and uncover some embarrassing secrets about their past.
Punk Rock JesusSean Gordon Murphy
In the not-too-distant future, scientists clone Jesus Christ and his upbringing is the biggest hit reality TV show to ever exist. However, as Jesus grows up he becomes disenfranchised with the corporate media monopolies that seem to rule the world, and when his mother is taken away from him, he runs away to take the fight to the corporations that created him.
A sharp, divisive look at modern day religion, politics and pop culture; Punk Rock Jesus pulls no punches and while it may not be for some people, if it sounds appealing to you the odds are you'll love it immensely.
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little LifeBryan Lee O'Malley
Scott Pilgrim is a lazy bass player still reeling from a big break-up when he's knocked off his feet by the arrival of the too-cool-for-him Ramona Flowers. They begin dating, but there's only one catch, he has to defeat her seven evil exes if he wants to stay with her.
At this point, it feels like almost everyone has read Scott Pilgrim, but there are always new comics readers looking for that hit indie comic that speaks to them, and there's always going to be people that need to discover this series.