New Meru Matu Album to Present Space Epic in Art and Music
Beverly Hills, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/30/2011 -- Muhammad Hamzeh, highly accomplished comics and animation creator, has been commissioned by AlienHaus Records to design the album cover and insert for Meru Matu’s new “Supership” album that has brought her nominations as Best Pop Artist, Best Solo Artist, and Best Singer/Songwriter by the 2012 All Indie Music Awards.
Hamzeh has worked on numerous animation, comics, and video game projects as a designer, concept artist, storyboard artist, animator, comic artist, and game programmer. He is well known for his “Space Falcons” and “LazyTown” work.
Assignments for Hamzeh have included Animation Supervisor at Tiger Productions, Syria; Freelance Comics Artist at Bassim Comics Magazine, Saudi Arabia; Freelance Comics Artist at LazyTown Inc, Iceland; Background Artist at ComixWave Films, Japan; Robot Designer at Sunrise, Inc, Japan; and more.
Rick Rantz, Executive Producer at AlienHaus Records, announced the Hamzeh commission after reviewing proposals from some of the world’s most prominent comic artists, including those in the United States, the Philippines, Mexico, and Argentina.
According to Rantz, “Hamzeh’s work simply had an edge that attracted our creative department, including Meru Matu. We liked his contemporary style, the fact he was excited about our concept, his flexibility in executing the project under a pressing timeline, and his international appeal.”
Rantz has been cautious not to reveal too much about the comic, except to state that it transforms the real life Meru Matu into a comic character with supernatural strength that she uses to combat all that is evil in the world. Although Meru Matu will assume the traditional superheroin role in the comic, Rantz believes the plot to be new, out-of-the-box, and an epic quest that Meru Matu fans will thoroughly enjoy.
The “Supership” album will be available to fans in two package forms. One will include a six panel, comic insert available to fans that purchase on-demand CDs from select online retailers. The other will include a sixteen panel comic insert that will be available to fans at physical retailers and some select online retailers. The price may vary slightly between each, but not significantly.
Comics have been used as album art for years now. Some of the most notable albums to incorporate comic art are Big Brother and the Holding Company’s “Cheap Thrills” (1968) featuring Janis Joplin; Joe Satriani’s “Surfing with the Alien” (1987); Iggy Pop’s “Brick by Brick (1990); Green Day’s “Dookie” (1994); Pearl Jam’s “Backspacer” (2009), and all albums by the Gorillas.
Rantz feels that, “Like many of the great musicians that have forged the road before her, Matu has been fearless in executing a sound that is uniquely her own, innovative, and worthy of mass popular appeal. We are hoping her fans not only enjoy her music, but also have fun with the comic insert.”
According to Rantz, “As physical CDs are quickly disappearing from the marketplace, Meru Matu wanted to present something special to her fans that they can treasure for years to come.” Rantz predicts that both packaging versions of the “Supership” album to be released on January 10, 2012 will become a collector’s item for all serious music fans.
More information can be obtained from the links below.
Muhammad Hamzeh: http://7amze.artworkfolio.com
Meru Matu: http://www.merumatu.com
AlienHaus Records: http://www.alienhaus.com
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