Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

A Graphic History

Illustrated by Havard S. Johansen, By T.J. Kirsch, Illustrated by Coskun Kuzgun, Illustrated by Jesse Lonergan, Illustrated by Jeremy Massie, Illustrated by Jason Pittman, Illustrated by Adam Walmsley, Illustrated by J.T. Yost

NBM Comics Biographies


96 Pages, 7.5 x 10

Formats: Hardcover, ebook: EPUB

Hardcover, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: September 2020

ISBN 9781681122625


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Country music icon Willie Nelson is recognized all over the world for his music, philanthropy, and unmistakable look

Since he was a child in Hill County, Texas, he has been writing and performing for adoring crowds. Though his mainstream success did not come until later in his life, he has been determined to take his unique sound and voice to the people even before he was a household name. There have been tragedies, missteps, IRS troubles, good times and bad along the way, but Willie continues to shine his positive outlook and project his humble voice out into the world. In this graphic novel biography, all the chapters represent a different era of his life and struggles - each illustrated by a unique indie comics talent.


"A graphic biography that highlights the phases and stages of the musician's extraordinary career. In this collective portrait featuring Kirsch's text, seven different illustrators—based all over the world, from Portland, Oregon, to Norway and Turkey—demonstrate the global reach of Willie Nelson." —Kirkus Reviews

"Teaming with many different artists, Kirsch's work lovingly delivers a visual concert for the famed musical icon, capturing the rhythm of his life in black and white with a "greatest hits" approach utilizing Willie's own lyrics for insight into pivotal moments." —Douglas Rednour, Library Journal 

"If you like Willie Nelson — if you like country music, or are a proponent of marijuana, or just like wild true stories about celebrity life or stories about the creation of good music — or if you like good art — NBM has added to their illustrious history and this book will find a wonderful and welcome home." —Kisa Fernandes, Women Write About Comics

"Music lovers will discover well known songs and events in music history, along with new information about this iconic country star. Readers unfamiliar with the musician will recognize iconic country songs and singers and gain an understanding into the mind of a creative individual." —Gloria Romano, NoFlyingNoTights

Author Biography

Håvard S. Johansen is a cartoonist and fine artist living in Oslo, Norway. He wrote and illustrated 2 recent books for the European publisher Jippi, including Stumtjener, about his battle with cancer. He also worked as a character designer for the hit film Trollhunter. T.J. Kirsch is an author and artist published by Oni Press, Image and Archie Comics, and NBM Graphic Novels. His recent works include She Died In Terrebonne with writer Kevin Church, So Buttons written by Jonathan Baylis, and his original graphic novel Pride Of The Decent Man for NBM. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and daughter. See more of his work at www.tjkirsch.com Coskun Kuzgun is an accomplished illustrator and comic artist residing in Turkey. Previous work includes the visceral horror series Vine written by Blake J.K. Chen. Jesse Lonergan is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Pennsylvania. His previous books for NBM include All Star, Flower and Fade, and Joe and Azat. Jeremy Massie is an author and artist best known for his graphic novel All My Ghosts and the hit superhero series Amazing Age. He lives in Virginia with his family. Jason Pittman is an independent cartoonist and self publisher from Portland, Oregon. His book The War For Kaleb was published after a successful crowdfunding campaign. Adam Walmsley is a graduate of the acclaimed Kubert School, worked as a staff production artist and colorist at Archie Comics, and has contributed art to the NY Times Bestselling comic series Stuff Of Legend. He works as a caricaturist and fine artist in Cabot, PA. J.T. Yost is a cartoonist living and working in New York City. He also runs Birdcage Bottom Books, an independent micro press and distributor, and has crowdfunded and edited several successful comic anthologies.