Tori Amos: Soon at a comics store near you

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Are you ready for Tori Amos:

The Comic Book
? The ethereal piano goddess with the Titian hair will

have her songs turned into a graphic novel anthology called Tori

Amos’ Comic Book Tattoo
, slated for release this summer.

The project was announced in this month’s SPIN

magazine
, and apparently

some 70 artists have already signed on to transform Tori’s deeply

personal and sometimes abstruse lyrics into artwork. The 400-plus page full-color

collection
should

be ready in time for the San Diego Comic-Con this July.

Seems Tori and editor Rantz

A. Hoseley have been talking about the idea for the last 15 years. As

she told SPIN, the decision to go ahead with the comic was both difficult

and exciting: “Obviously, I’ll need to have a level of trust to

turn over these songs to each writer. With the unknown, there can be

a feeling of reticence, but that in itself can be sexy.”

Sexy? Quite possibly. Strange?

Almost guaranteed. Tori’s songwriting has a fantastical quality that

should lend itself well to animation. And her lyrics — which tackle

everything from rape to religion, masturbation to miscarriage

— certainly provide endless story fodder. Though, if I might be so

bold, could I request that someone illustrate “Caught a Light Sneeze”

so that maybe, finally, I’ll know what the hell Tori is singing about?

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