From pioneering independent hip-hop to starting his own festival, Los Angeles rapper Murs has always been a trailblazer. To that end, he’s stepping out of his comfort zone and doing something different.
Being a huge comic book fan, he’s teamed up with writer Josh Blaylock and illustrator Jose Garcia for a comic/graphic novel called Yumiko: Curse Of The Merch Girl.
Murs previously announced the Yumiko comic in 2012, via an online book series at Merch-Girl.com; and now, he and those involved are trying to bring it to life in a full-color print graphic novel and corresponding album, produced by DJ Foundation.
But, is asking for the fans’ support.
The rapper has launched a KickStarter page, asking fans to help launch the Curse of the Merch Girl novel/CD. On the page, a range of different pledge options are open with perks like receiving the novel and CD to exclusive apparel, custom download cards illustrated by David Mack and Jim Mahfood, and a personal thank you note and Twitter follow from Murs.
“Yumiko is hip-hop and comics done correctly,” said Murs of the project. “Comics have always been a huge inspiration to me. And having the chance to publish my own comic is truly an honor. Working with my partners to create this book was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to making our dream a reality with the help of the fans.”
According to the Kickstarter page, the comic project is already done — drawn, colored, lettered and ready to go. It’s 124 pages in length, and when the $25,000 goal is reached, production will be started immediately.
Followed by the release of the album and book, Murs will release an animated music video at his party during the upcoming Comic-Con convention in San Diego.
At press time, 67 backers have pledged $3,507 so far. For more info or to pledge yourself, visit KickStarter.com.