The Small Press Spotlight has a music inspired book for you this week. Broken Social Scene and Z2 Comics are celebrating the 20th anniversary of You Forgot It in People with a new graphic novel, Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People, The Graphic Novel.
Noted as “the most crucial indie album of the new millennium,” the influential album came from a community of Toronto musicians who banded together in 2002 to create the landmark recording. This comic project brings together one writer and 13 artists to create a series of intertwining vignettes inspired by the album on its 20th anniversary. Overseen by Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Justin Peroff, and Brendan Canningwriter Lonnie Nadler (X-Men, Black Stars Above) is joined by artists Eric Orchard, Scott Chantler, Ray Fawkes, Mike Feehan, Diana Nguyen, and many more.
“Being a huge fan of graphic novels for the last 25 years, this project with Z2 is truly a dream come true,” the band stated. “Aspects of the band’s 20-year existence will come to life at the hands of comic book legends. We’re beyond elated.”
“As is the case with many fans, You Forgot It In People is an album that has the power to draw up memories and emotions from a very specific time in my life,” Nadler said. “I listened to it on repeat for years, and in revisiting the music for this book I was amazed by how magical and relevant it still feels today. Working with the band to expand upon the album’s theme of human connectedness has been a wonderful experience.”
To commemorate the anniversary, the band is also releasing a 10-inch vinyl of “Lover’s Spit,” featuring both versions from, respectively, You Forgot It in People and b-sides collection Bee Hives. They will also release an original tape cassette featuring a collection of unreleased instrumental compositions.
Z2 and Broken Social Scene present You Forgot It in People, The Graphic Novel in both softcover and hardcover formats, as well as oversized hardcover deluxe, and an oversized hardcover deluxe edition hand-signed by members of the band. Renee Nault provides cover art, and deluxe editions include gallery-ready prints capturing various incarnations of the band.
To select the edition of your choice, click here!