Last year saw the release of cartoon fanatic Daniel Johnston’s first ever comic book ‘Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness’. Johnston has always drawn comics but this marked his first book publishing.
To celebrate the release, Johnston also put together a soundtrack for the book – his first new album since 2009. The soundtrack includes seven unreleased tracks by Daniel as well as new tracks from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jake Bugg, Die Mason Die, Eleanor Friedberger, Deer Tick and Fruit Bats. All songs have been themed around ‘Space Ducks’ and the soundtrack will be released on 22nd April (a limited edition vinyl will be released on April 20th, Record Store Day) through Feraltone.
A celebrated musician and recording artist with a 30-year career that includes over 20 albums – including covers by Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, Beck, and TV on the Radio, Johnston was also the subject of the 2006 documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” which won the Sundance Film Festival Director’s Award. A long-time and dedicated fan of comic book, Johnston’s drawings and paintings have hung in art galleries and museums across the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Johnston rocketed to global notoriety in the early 1990s when album artwork from his “Hi, How Are You?” record was featured on a t-shirt worn by Kurt Cobain at the height of Nirvana’s exploding popularity.
The physical release of the soundtrack includes an edited 24-page version of the cartoon.
‘Space Ducks’ is more than just a graphic novel; it’s a one-of-a-kind interactive comic book experience, complimented by the soundtrack and iOS App. The companion app will virtually take readers through Daniel’s Outer-Space World of Ducks and Devils, with games to play, surprising voices from different talents, animations and videos from the comic book, links to exciting new ‘Space Ducks’ merchandise, and a slew of Easter eggs, including contributions from some of the critically-acclaimed musicians who number amongst Daniel’s biggest fans. The app will also debut Daniel Johnston’s first new album since 2009.
1. Daniel Johnston – Space Ducks Theme Song,
2. Daniel Johnston – American Dream,
3. Daniel Johnston – Sense of Humor,
4. Fruit Bats – Evil Magic,
5. Jake Bugg – Man on the Moon,
6. Daniel Johnston – Mean Girls Give Pleasure,
7. Eleanor Friedberger – Come Down
8. Daniel Johnston – Wanting You,
9. Daniel Johnston – Mask,
10. Daniel Johnston – Mountain,
11. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Satanic Planet
12. Die Mason Die – My Favorite Cage,
13. Lavender Diamond – Moment of Laughter,
14. Deer Tick – Space Ducks,
To order ‘Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness’, written and drawn by Daniel Johnston, click here: www.hihowareyou.com/store/shop/spaceducks/