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Our first graphic novel, The Incantations of Daniel Johnston, by Ricardo Cavolo and Scott McClanahan is buzzing! Literally. An excerpt just appeared in BuzzFeed (super rad). Early reviews have praised the book and I myself love it so fucking much. The official Pub Date is July 5th ('merica), but these beauties are floating all over the place.
In honor of Daniel Johnston himself, I reached out to members of our beloved Two Dollar Radio Street Team to see what they had to say about his music and more...Gabrielle Pflugradt
"My favorite Daniel Johnston song is Devil Town. When I first heard it, it was like when a strong king enters among a sea of soldiers. It is almost as if his presence is sensed among them, who immediately become stiff, silent and attentive. But then, instead of order, you receive song and your body becomes languid, relaxed and soothed. What strange brilliance."Matt Weinkam
"My favorite Daniel Johnston song is the nightmarish jingle he made up for Mountain Dew. It embodies everything great about his work: horror-movie strange, gut-bursting hilarious, entirely heartfelt, and immediately catchy."Mike Niemeyer
"The Monster Inside Of Me means a lot to me because it describes the inner pain we all have. I saw Johnston at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia eight years ago and you could feel how his musical power came from his monstrous inner pain. Sure, that's a cliche, but one can't help think of Johnston as an artist who runs on pain to produce ineffably beautiful music. My own soul is comforted by the intimate, vulnerable voice of Johnson. Here's hoping The Incantations of Daniel Johnston lives up to the doom and gloom and glory of the songs themselves."C.M. Keehl
"I write a lot about DJ because he is an artist I feel operates on a wavelength/frequency that make sense to me. I am writing a few other poems, probably coming out in my chap book in July or next year that are inspired by/mention DJ because he is like that silence through the pines that lingers after night. He has shaped who I am as a writer so much."
***Check out C.M. Keehl's wonderful Daniel Johnston inspired poem in Babe Soda***