First look at the upcoming 464-page graphic novel biography of The Smiths

British indie-pop idols of the 80s The Smiths are the subject of an upcoming graphic novel reports Pitchfork.

Titled ‘Tales of the Smiths: A Graphic Biography’, the 464-page graphic novel follows “stories of the teenage musicians who would become the Smiths”, according to a press release. 

The book is penned and inked by multidisciplinary artist Con Chrisoulis and features an introduction from former drummer of The Smiths, Simon Wolstencroft. Chrisoulis gave fans a sneak peek at the book by sharing a video on Instagram where he thumbs through the book. "Finally received my 450-page behemoth early copy of TALES OF THE SMITHS," the artist captioned the post.

The official synopsis reads: “Tales of The Smiths is a comic book retelling of the band members’ teenage years, before the group was famous, and includes fascinating digressions about their influences (the New York Dolls, Nico, Sex Pistols, NY punk, Patti Smith, etc) and the times in which they were growing up. The story reaches its climax with the meeting of Morrissey and Marr, the formation of the band in 1982 and their first gig as The Smiths"

Meanwhile, the ‘Classically Smiths’ tour, which was scheduled to happen this year was called off last month. The rumors started when one of the band members posted a teaser on his Facebook page. The teaser apparently revealed that the former members of the band, drummer Mike Joyce, bassist Andy Rourke and guitarist Craig Gannon would reunite to showcase a classical version of The Smiths music, along with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra.

The first clues that the reunion might not go ahead appeared with an announcement from Rourke, saying that he was publicly distancing himself from the shows, also claiming that he was never involved in the first place.

‘In response to recent comments in the press, the planned Classically Smiths events will now, no longer be taking place’, a statement from producers Bad Production Ltd confirmed.

‘Tales of the Smiths: A Graphic Biography’ is due for release on March 22, and you can pre-order it via Amazon.

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