Illustrated by Half Sumo and Designed by Ashley Heafy, the Rhyming Board E book Presents the Monsters, Heroes, and Enchanting Creatures of Japanese Fantasy
This June, Trivium vocalist and guitarist Matthew Kiichi Heafy, Z2 Comics, and illustrator Half Sumo will debut Ibaraki and Associates, a rhyming image e-book that includes the myriad Japanese folktales and wealthy mythologies that impressed Heafy as a baby. This vibrant information, designed by Ashley Heafy, provides a brand new means for households to hook up with Japanese tradition and be enthralled by the monsters, heroes, and locations that kind its legacy.
“Ibaraki & Associates is a e-book stuffed with the tales that I grew up with. That Japanese folklore lies on the very root of so lots of the superb tales we have now right this moment, whether or not they’re in video video games, anime, films, or songs,” Heafy explains.
Every unfold of Ibaraki & Associates presents one of many many legendary tricksters, heroes, and mystical beings that occupied the classical Japanese tales Heafy’s mom taught him rising up. These embrace the monkey/man/hen hybrid, Tengu; the eight-headed beast, Yamata no Orochi; and a nine-tailed celestial fox, all channeled with neon vitality by means of Half Sumo’s vivid illustrations.
“For years, I’ve researched as many Japanese tales as doable—gotten a number of of them tattooed on my physique—and explored their themes within the songs of Trivium, Ibaraki, and now in Ibaraki & Associates,” Heafy continues “It’s our hope that in exploring these great tales, that the readers will need to study extra about Japanese tradition—then extra cultures of the encompassing Asian nations, then unfold that willingness to study tales from all around the world, inspiring curiosity within the many cultures we share across the planet.”
In tandem, Heafy can also be releasing The Ibaraki and Associates Lullaby CD, a musical praise of the e-book that gives soothing, acoustic songs written and carried out by Heafy to supply much more methods to expertise these treasured tales.
Co-founding Trivium in 1999, Heafy has gone on to promote thousands and thousands of data with the band, which was nominated for the Finest Steel Efficiency Grammy in 2019. Heafy can even launch the self-titled album of his black metallic aspect challenge, Ibaraki, on Could sixth, additional exploring Japanese mythology with visitor contributions from Gerard Method of My Chemical Romance, Ihsahn of Emperor, and Nergal of Behemoth.
Z2 Comics and Matthew Heafy current Ibaraki and Associates. Half Sumo supplies cowl and inside artwork. Deluxe editions embrace a short lived tattoo set, a Bento Field set, and an accompanying lullaby CD. Pre-order yours right this moment.