Green Day To Publish Feminist Graphic Novel
Green Day's next project won't be its 13th studio album but a graphic novel. Titled Last Of The American Girls, the pro-feminist story was authored by Green Day members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool, with illustrations by Frank Caruso.
Named after a single from the trio's 2009 album 21st Century Breakdown, the graphic novel will arrive October 29th. A product description stated, "Celebrating true rebel girls -- girls who push back, girls who use their voice, girls who say no -- Last Of The American Girls takes on both the establishment and the upwardly mobile, espousing an infectious spirit that has never been more relevant."
Green Day has never shied away from political material, but bassist Mike Dirnt acknowledged a while back that not every musician feels the same: "You know, there's a comfortable zone. Maybe the people aren't comfortable in their political views. They don't want it to become a debate every time they have an interview, or turn it into career suicide. But I've always been taught that there's no such thing as a stupid question, just a stupid answer."
Armstrong told Blunt that the book was originally about his wife, explaining, "Then I started getting into more of my own beliefs -- anything from a little book of conspiracies to playing vinyl records or something. It’s sort of about an empowering, sort of subterranean kind of lifestyle, but at the same time there’s a new era coming in with the way we all need to live."
Green Day kept a low profile for much of last year, although Armstrong hinted to fans on Instagram in December that he was writing new songs. The group's last LP was 2016's Revolution Radio.