11 Narrative Songs That Ought to Be Graphic Novels

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There are such a lot of songs on the market that inform complete narratives. Wayne Cochran’s “Final Kiss,” “Tribute” by Tenacious D, and “M.T.A.” by The Kingston Trio amongst many, many others come to thoughts simply. In actual fact, in center faculty, my Language Arts trainer assigned us a partnered writing undertaking: we have been to put in writing a brief piece of fiction. My pal and I have been each actually into music, as adolescents typically are, and we determined we’d write an adaptation of a tune. We debated on which to do (“The Satan Went All the way down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band or “Quinn the Esk*mo” [reminder that this time period is taken into account offensive and it’s best to use one thing else] by Bob Dylan, which in some way I understood to be about cocaine and due to this fact inappropriate for a center faculty task—we went with Charlie Daniels). Later, in highschool, I spent a whole lot of my artwork class and free time illustrating a few of my favourite lyrics and songs. All of this received me considering just lately—how cool would a listing of songs that must be graphic novels be?

A few of these songs might not have fairly sufficient narrative content material for an entire graphic novel, however would possibly make nice graphic quick tales (anthology, anybody?) or could be nice with somewhat padding due to inventive license. I’m satisfied that every one of those are songs that must be graphic novels, although. And I need to hear what yours are, too. Make sure you inform us within the feedback!


11 Songs That Ought to Be Graphic Novels

“Proud Mary” by Ike and Tina Turner

It’s vital that the graphic novel adaptation of “Proud Mary” relies off of the Ike and Tina Turner model. I like some Creedence Clearwater Revival, however you actually can’t beat the vitality within the Turners’ “Proud Mary.” This graphic novel might need a montage of a hardworking girl day after day in her numerous jobs, lastly discovering freedom and pleasure on the river boat Proud Mary. With not a ton of narrative construction, this tune is a straightforward one to construct an entire story round and I like a superb story a couple of girl on her grind. (And, let’s be actual, Tina carried that total tune and Ike was an abuser.)

“The Satan Went All the way down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band

Because it occurs, Charlie Daniels did write a prose model of his band’s most well-known tune in a set titled The Satan Went All the way down to Georgia. However I really want a graphic interpretation. The lyrics evoke such robust visible imagery that it calls for to be illustrated whereas the story already has a lot for somebody to discover. So far as songs that must be graphic novels go, that is on the prime of my want record.

“Raspberry Beret” by Prince

Various Prince songs would make glorious graphic novels, however I’ve to say “Raspberry Beret” might be my favourite. Not solely is it tremendous catchy, however the singular picture alone of a raspberry beret is so putting, that creating a visible of the tune is so apparent. Fortuitously, Prince additionally offers a narrative to associate with the mysterious raspberry beret-ed girl and his five-and-dime clerk persona. I’d like to see this love story play out in a graphic novel.

“American Pie” by Don McLean

Though “American Pie” doesn’t essentially inform a linear story, its recollection of “the Day the Music Died” (February three, 1959, when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Huge Bopper” J.P. Richardson perished in a airplane crash) with a collection of quintessential American icons makes for a compelling graphic novel idea. The narrator’s story of affection misplaced begins off fairly clearly however rapidly descends right into a kind of nonsensical fever dream involving references to the Beatles, nursery rhymes, soccer video games, and numerous different seemingly random issues. Trippy, for certain, and ideal for a graphic adaptation.

“Jolene” by Dolly Parton

I struggled to select between “Jolene” and “9 to five,” however finally, “Jolene” gained out (largely as a result of “9 to five” already has an entire film). You may’t deny that Parton’s sultry description of the title character would make for an awesome graphic novel antagonist. There will not be lots to the story in “Jolene,” however there’s a lot inspiration available for increasing the narrative. In the meantime, I can’t be the one one who thinks of Poison Ivy when this tune comes on.

“Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield

On the flip facet of Cobra Starship, Billy Ray of “Son of a Preacher Man” evidently makes these unhealthy women go good or one thing like that if the narrator of the tune is dependable. This enjoyable and free story has a lot potential for illustration aesthetics and I want it yesterday. Though the singer was born in England, her title and the content material of the tune evokes a Southern suburbia vibe that simply begs to be tailored with a smooth, pastel-and-gingham method.

“Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Money

I’m dishonest with this one, somewhat. “Boy Named Sue,” initially written by Shel Silverstein, appeared first in print earlier than Johnny Money made it further well-known. Touched with humor and twisted darkness, the story of Sue has a ton of nice photographs proper within the lyrics: “Simply this previous guitar and an empty bottle of booze,” “He kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile,” “At an previous saloon on a road of mud”…significantly, it’s extremely vivid. Do we’d like extra western comics? I don’t know—however I do know we’d like “Boy Named Sue” in technicolor panels.

“Change Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke

We’ve John Lewis’s autobiographical March collection, and the way nice would “Change Gonna Come” be as a companion piece? Launched in 1964, this tune of hardship and optimism affords some attention-grabbing textures for an writer and illustrator to work with.

“All I Might Do Was Cry” by Etta James

A tragic story of unrequited love, “All I Might Do Was Cry” would possibly serve greatest as a comic book, however like lots of the different songs on this record, may very well be expanded to a whole novel-length work with some added backstory. Whereas comics might historically be stuffed with loads of motion, there’s no saying a extra emotional type of drama can’t work. Whereas the narrator laments her love’s marriage to a different, the tune has a number of texture to information a graphic adaptation.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

Is that this the true life? Is that this simply fantasy? If ever there was a gap for a graphic novel, this was it. From a homicide to a battle over the narrator, there are greater than sufficient plot factors for an exciting and action-packed graphic novel. Freddie Mercury’s many allusions create a number of alternatives for writers and illustrators to tug in references to different works and mythology and I’ve little question a graphic adaptation of “Bohemian Rhapsody” could be as beautiful and invigorating because the tune itself.

“Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna

After Madonna’s narrator and her lover uncover they’ve a child on the best way, the narrator pleads together with her father to assist them out and skip the lecture. It’s an attention-grabbing tune by which the lyrics admit going towards expensive previous dad’s recommendation and with disastrous outcomes. The tune raises a whole lot of attention-grabbing questions any graphic novel writer and artist would possibly present solutions for, and who doesn’t desire a comedian with heavy 1980s-style aesthetics?

What songs in your playlist that you just suppose must be comics?

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