Austin Winkler and his post-grunge buddies in Hinder are making some big news lately. First, the group selected “Twilight” heartthrob Kellan Lutz as the star of their upcoming video for the song “Without You,” as you can see from the set visit that makes up yesterday's “Twilight” Tuesday. Now, they’re getting a comic book series based on their lives.
Devil’s Due Publishing has announced plans to produce a “limited-edition comic-themed tour book,” as well as a possible monthly comic series based on the band’s experiences touring in support of their “Take It to the Limit” album. The first of these books will serve as the official tour book for the multi-platinum band as they promote the new album into 2009.
“Growing up, every kid dreams about being in a comic book, or being a super hero,” Hinder frontman Winkler said in a statement. “We have a new and exciting opportunity to be portrayed in a comic book series of our own. We are going to have a blast with this, it will be a lot of fun, this is for our fans, and they will be heavily involved in this, we think they will love it. All in the name of rock n roll!”
Some privileged Hinder fans recently got a first-look at the comic as the band hosted an album release party at the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa in Las Vegas’ Palms Casino.
The band, which proudly channels the spirit of '80s arena rock, released their debut album “Extreme Behavior” in September of 2005; as the album went triple platinum, the group spent more than 2 years on the road and found themselves in Billboard’s Top 200 for more than 70 weeks. Their first single “Get Stoned” and its follow-up “Lips Of An Angel” both became radio hits, and the group gained notoriety as the first rock band to reach 3 million in ringtone sales. Hinder recently took home three BMI Awards, including Pop Song of the Year and Internet Song of the Year for “Lips Of An Angel.” Their follow-up album, “Take It To The Limit,” landed in stores on Tuesday.
Devil’s Due Publishing has a long history of licensing comics, including their recent efforts with the “Halloween” and “Chucky” franchises. The company has also made news with “Rest,” a series developed, produced and published in conjunction with “Heroes” star Milo Ventimiglia that was unveiled at this past summer’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Besides Hinder, what other musical act would you most like to see get their own comic book series?