Rush ‘A Farewell to Kings’ Graphic Novel Due

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Fantoons has announced the official Rush graphic novel chronicling the making of the band’s classic album A Farewell to Kings, the first in their ongoing relationship with Rush.

“We worked incredibly hard to create a graphic novel that celebrates the music of Rush, and the creation of the album of A Farewell to Kings as a work of art,” said Fantoons L.A.-based creative director, David Calcano in a press release. “We think this book will be something for comics and music fans alike to cherish.”

This fully authorized graphic novel chronicles the birth of Rush’s classic album A Farewell to Kings. Says the press release, “Relive the production trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to such tracks as ‘Closer to the Heart’ and the majestic ‘Xanadu.’ The book is co-written by Fantoons’ David Calcano and Lindsay Lee, and features artwork by Juan Riera and Ittai Manero. The story was written with input from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and album producer Terry Brown, who also penned the foreword.

Related: Rush’s Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland will be available in June 

Previous releases through the partnership between the band and publisher have included 2015’s RUSHToons by Fantoons Vol. 2112, 2017’s & Where’s Geddy, Alex and Neil Vol. 1. In July of 2019, Fantoons will release a unique, fully authorized coloring book, with 70 evocative illustrations packed with gorgeous Rush artwork and references from Moving Pictures to Clockwork Angels.


The Making of Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel is available for preorder now here in a 144-page hardcover on September 10.

In other Rush book news, a new hardcover book, Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History, will be published by Insight Editions on Oct. 15. The book is by Skip Daly and Eric Hansen, with a foreword by Les Claypool and an afterword by Stewart Copeland.

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