Broken Social Scene’s Biggest Album Is Being Turned Into A Graphic Novel

Canadian indie rockers Broken Social Scene will have their own graphic novel, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of their best album.

Shattered social scene legendary album You forgot it in people is being adapted into a new graphic novel by Z2 comics. The graphic novel’s September release is set to coincide with You forgot it in People’s 20and anniversary. As with all versions of Z2, You forgot it in People: The Graphic Novel will be released in a variety of formats, including bundles containing vinyl records and art prints.

Broken Social Scene releases its first album to feel so lost in 2001, two years after training in Toronto. Originally composed of the songwriting duo Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, Broken Social Scene would over time encompass many members, including Emily Haines (of Metric), Amy Millan (of Stars) as well as Leslie Feist. The group released You forgot it in people end of 2002, acclaimed by all; the first pressings sold out instantly. The group released more records, including a self-titled album in 2005, Forgiveness rock record in 2010 and thunder hug in 2017; these albums also received critical acclaim. You forgot it in people would become the band’s defining record, and it’s now being adapted into graphic novel format by Z2 Comics, which has published music-themed graphic novels by artists as diverse as Judas Priest, Czarface, and Angels and Airwaves.


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The publisher unveiled a first look at You forgot it in People: The Graphic Novel on their website. Described by the publisher as “a series of intertwining vignettes inspired” by the album, the graphic novel is overseen by band members Canning and Justin Peroff. Lonnie Nadler writes all 13 stories in the book with illustrations by Eric Orchard, Scott Chantler, Ray Fawkes, and Diana Nguyen, among others. The editor teased the story further, as the lives of “seemingly disparate strangers […] enter and exit each other’s orbits, equally touched by the banal and the inexplicable. The press release on the publisher’s website also featured artwork from the graphic novel, as well as details about the different editions of the book. You forgot it in People: The Graphic Novel will be released in a standard hardcover graphic novel, as well as a deluxe edition containing art prints as well as a vinyl record. Finally, Z2 will release a super deluxe edition, signed by members of Broken Social Scene; this edition will also come with not only the vinyl record and art prints, but also a cassette tape of Broken Social Scene b-sides and rarities.

Broken Social Scene Group Photo

You forgot it in people was a masterpiece when released in late 2002 and eventually appeared on a number of “best albums of the 2000s” lists. The album was unlike anything else at the time and resonated with a generation. Now, writer Lonnie Nadler and a roster of top Canadian illustrators are adapting this amazing album into graphic novel format. The preview pages provided by Z2 Comics showcase the variety of styles seen in You forgot it in People: The Graphic Novel. The album itself is expansive, encompassing multiple instruments and styles, and it’s only fitting that its graphic novel adaptation reflects that diversity.

Z2 Comics has distinguished itself with its music-themed graphic novels, and the adaptation of Shattered social scene legendary You forgot it in people seems like another winner.

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You Forgot It in People: The Graphic Novel is available to order from Z2 Comics now.

Source: Z2 Comics

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