Magnetic Press has announced the US debut of Hard Melody, the debut graphic novel from Lu Ming, telling a story of dreams, brotherhood, and sacrifice. Described as “a noir film in sequential illustration,” Hard Melody has been compared to the work of Hong Kong directors like Johnnie To and Wong Kar-Wai.
Three thirty-year-old friends reunite in Beijing after nearly 10 years apart. They used to be free-wheeling rock-and-rollers without a care in the world, but now, after tasting their own variation of freedom in new China, they are tormented by how unforgiving and unglamorous life had become. Nothing at all like the fame and fortune they dreamed about as kids.
After comparing stories of disappointment over beers, they are reminded of how much youth they’ve lost when a group of kids torments them into a brawl. Re-energized by the encounter, they decide to reform the band and this time take over the world. But reality gets in the way when one of them finds out his family is going to be evicted along with their whole neighborhood due to shady government zoning. Putting their dreams aside to fight for their rightful property, they find themselves in a violent uprising pitting neighborhood residents against police and bulldozers… And when the heat gets turned up high enough, fuses are bound to be lit…
“Lu Ming’s work struck me like a lightning bolt when I first saw Hard Melody. Not only was his versatility and photo-like rendering unlike anything else out there, but (as a lifelong fan of HK noir cinema and directors like Johnny To and Wong Kar-Wai) I was hooked by the tone of this tale of brotherhood and broken dreams.” says Publisher Mike Kennedy. “It really is a remarkable work that sits perfectly alongside other artists in our library, including Sergio Toppi, to whom this book was originally dedicated.”
Hard Melody is set for release in April 2021. It’s currently available for pre-order at your local comic shop, book store, and Amazon.
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