Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Alan Cross


MIXTAPE, the Digital (and Musical) Comic Book

I’ve been corresponding with Brad Abraham, a New York City comic book dude who has come up with a pretty cool thing that’s light-years ahead of the old Superman comics I used to buy.  

Mixtape is the story of five teens growing up in the early 90s and united by a mutal love of music.  For maximum effect, the digital version of the comic book comes with a playlist.  Each subsequent issue will have its own unique playlist, too.

And it’s good stuff.  The first soundtrack features Bowie, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Joy Division and Depeche Mode.  Jeezus, if you were growing up in the 90s and remotely alt-rock-ish, this is the stuff that you listened to.

A quote from Brad:

The early 1990s is as distant to us now as the Summer of Love was to people growing up in the early 90s. The recent passing of several friends from high school made me want to take a look back at what was a truly remarkable period for music and culture, and show both what had changed since then, but what has remained the same.

Each issue of Mixtape has a playlist that is thematically linked to the story, so I’m thrilled people will have the chance to hear the songs that were in my head when I was writing the series. And the digital version of Mixtape is absolutely beautiful to look at.

Mixtape will show up in comic book specialty stores on February 29th.  The corresponding songs for the issue will be available in dedicated downloadable playlist from iTunes the same day.


About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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