Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nikki Sixx to publish graphic novel edition of The Heroin Diaries

Motley Crue and Sixx:AM bassist Nikki Sixx has announced plans to publish a graphic novel of his 2007 memoir, “The Heroin Diaries”, this fall in sync with its tenth anniversary this year.

Chronicling a year of decadence and depravity that almost cost Sixx his life during the recording and tour for Motley Crue’s 1987 album, “Girls, Girls, Girls,” the book became a worldwide bestseller.

Sixx has teamed up with Heavy Metal magazine for the graphic novel adaptation of the project as the first release under the brand’s new 12 X 12 imprint, a new line of music-themed art books and graphic novels that will explore the songs and experiences of the most exciting musical artists.

The memoir is being adapted by Rantz Hoseley, known for his award-winning work with Tori Amos on the graphic novel “Comic Book Tattoo”, along with acclaimed artists Danijel Zezelj, Andy Kuhn and Kieron Dwyer.

“The Heroin Diaries has always been deeply personal to me,” explains Sixx. “So when the idea came up for a graphic novel based on the story, who better to partner with than the iconic Heavy Metal brand? I grew up reading their magazine as a kid. This is really a passion project and I’ve been intimately involved in every step along the way, from the storyline to the look and feel of the art.

“Working with Jeff, Rantz and their team has been an inspiring experience and I think we came up with a really unique spin on The Heroin Diaries that tells the story from a different angle. It is meant to be a treat for fans of The Heroin Diaries - old and new - and I hope everyone will enjoy the graphic novel as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you.”

“I’ve been the biggest fan of Mötley Crüe since the release of Too Fast For Love,” adds Heavy Metal CEO Jeff Krelitz, “and have nothing but the greatest respect for Nikki and his songwriting, so for us to be able to collaborate with him on bringing this tragedy-to-triumph to a new audience in a powerful way is a dream come true.”

The 150-page graphic novel will be presented in a 12”x12” prestige “album” format and come in different collector’s editions, details of which will be revealed in the near future.

Fans visiting Comic-Con in San Diego, CA this week can get an exclusive first preview of the interior pages when visiting the Heavy Metal booth #1529 at the convention between today and Sunday, July 23.

Sixx will soon announce details regarding 10th anniversary editions of “The Heroin Diaries” book, Sixx:AM’s soundtrack of the same name, and a companion play version of the project.

Sixx and Motley Crue will release an expanded 30th anniversary reissue of “Girls, Girls, Girls” on August 25; the project will feature five unreleased tracks from the era.

Motley Crue wrapped up their 35-year career at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 31, 2015.

See also:

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