After the comic books about Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga (all made by the same people who did stories on Lady Di and Michelle Obama), anything could be expected from the world of graphic novels. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to see Johnny Marr, Morrissey, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke turned into comic book heroes. It will happen soon, thanks to the anthology “Unite And Take Over”, which seems to be more serious (more honest, done with the passion of a fan) than the aforementioned comic books.
“The concept for Unite and Take Over is pretty simple. What story plays in your head when you listen to your favourite Smiths song?” says the project's creator, Shawn Demumbrum. Demumbrum approached fifteen of his favourite comic writers and asked them to translate such legendary songs as “Girlfriend In A Coma”, “Rubber Ring”, “Pretty Girls Make Graves”, “Handsome Devil”, “Suffer Little Children” and “How Soon Is Now?” to a comic book format. Every chapter will have four to eight pages. The idea is to let every creator use the song “as an inspiration, jumping off point, theme or mood for the story.” If everything goes as planned (they started a Kickstarter project and - 39 days before the end of the campaign - they've gathered almost half of the 3,000 dollars they need), the series will be revealed at the Tucson Comic-Con in November. You too can contribute to the materialisation of the project. As usual, depending on your contribution, your reward can go from a PDF copy of one of the “song stories” to 100 signed and customised copies designed exclusively for your comic book store.