Album cover by artist Jamie McKelvie
Eddie Argos, singer of the band, offered his thoughts on initiating and the results of the multi-talented project:
When we first had the idea of creating an Art Brut comic, I compiled a list of all my favorite artists and then handed the list to our manager (as I am far too shy to approach those people). I thought only one or two would say yes. I was completely blown away when they all did and then flattered they would take the time to create something for us. As I had chosen all my favorite artists and writers for the project I was expecting to be blown away by every new submission, it went beyond even that though. I love what has been created and I recommend that you go out and collect everything by everyone who has contributed to this comic."
But seriously, what was also so cool about this job was that there were no creative restrictions. No thumbnails, no sketches, no suggestions or guidelines. They said to do whatever I wanted, that they trusted me. I really appreciated that.
Now what's really amazing is the talent, besides my humble skills, that they've collected to do this. TOP NOTCH. Here's the rundown of the album's tracks and the associated artist
1. Clever Clever Jazz by Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim)
2. Lost Weekend by Hope Larson
3. Bad Comedian by Jeffrey Lewis
4. Sexy Sometimes by Jeffrey Brown
5. Is Dog Eared by Chris Haley
6. Martin Kemp Five A-Side Football Rules by Mr. Solo
7. Axl Rose by Akira the Don
8. I am a Psychic by Jamie McKelvie
9. Ice Hockey by Sian Superman
10. Sealand by Patrick McQuade
plus bonus strips by Jamie S. Rich & Marc Ellerby, and Jeff Lemire
I have to agree, it is a MASTERWORK.
So, without further ado, here's my artistic interpretation of the song.
What's crazy is that I found out after doing this that Sealand is an actual place off the coast of England. Looks like a oil rig, built in the 1940s to shoot down the Nazi airplanes during WW2. Some guy bought it in the 60s and now it's officially it's own country! or something like that, Check out the links and pics below.
Check out their sites for more info. Get the new album, spread the word, check out the comic, go see em live!