Here it is: a 256-page full color hardcover comics tale of Band Life. While there have been plenty of comics about music of all stripes – rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, jazz, blues and more – and plenty of comics makers have been in bands, Band for Life is the first extended treatment in comics form of lives lived wholly within the gravitational field of a band that is in turn one of several in orbit around the core force of "the scene." The intimate, personal, character-stamped nature of comics make it an ideal medium in which to convey the experience of this particular mode of being from the inside-out, and Band for Life's creator, Anya Davidson, a battle-scarred veteran of band life herself, having played and performed in several Chicago-area bands for a decade or so, has earned her stripes in this regard, and is a suitable candidate for this mission. Told in a series of vignettes that (many/most/all?) were originally serialized online, these gradually accrete meaning and significance as the tale builds mass and momentum, and in the process demonstrate a modern method of identity construction.
And, finally, it is notable that Band for Life has garnered some significant plaudits from those whose opinions matter most, fellow musicians, such as, Fishbone's Norwood Fisher, who states:
"When I came across Band for Life, I was immediately drawn in . The art reminded me of Funkadelic album covers, but it had its own original swagger. The storylines spoke to my personal experience as a lifelong musician and band leader/member in the same way that This Is Spinal Tap made me cry one I realized that my life was as absurd as the movie. Anya Davidson is tapped into the very human experience that makes life in a band the story of family."
and, fellow comicker and musician, Brian Chippendale, who waxes:
"Anya Davidson gets that being in a band is generally about five percent playing music and ninety five percent anything but. In Band for Life she jams her econo-inkwork loud and hard to hilariously document the social sprawl unfolding all around a newly formed and strugggling band."
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