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Pete Wentz Announces Forthcoming Graphic Novel, ‘Dying Inside’

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[Photos via Vault Comics, via Spotify]

Pete Wentz is officially a graphic novel author. The Fall Out Boy bassist worked with writer Hannah Klein and artist Lisa Sterle to bring Dying Inside to life. The story follows Ash, a clinically depressed teenager who accidentally turns immortal.

But this isn’t just any graphic novel. Described as a “musically immersive experience,” it features original lyrics and poetry from Wentz. Plus there will be an integrated playlist and new music from Daisy Grenade. The “GUTS” duo shared that fans can grab the book’s first chapter on Free Comic Book Day, May 4.

Wentz, a long-time comic book fan, shared a little bit more about how Dying Inside came together. “I think that this book tackles themes that a lot of us have felt or feel like we’ve gone through,” he said. “I think that there’s everything from underground music to witchcraft and dark humor. And I’m really excited for you to get a chance to check it out and let me know what you think.”

Dying Inside‘s synopsis reads as such: “Ash is a sixteen-year-old girl with more angst than Ian Curtis and Elliott Smith combined (her two idols). She’s apathetic and therefore believes death is the easiest route to relief. But nothing is more embarrassing than a lame death. Unfortunately, her meticulous plans—which include the perfect outfit, soundtrack, and method—are all ruined when the beautiful knife she buys off a webstore turns out to be charmed with a protection spell.”

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It continues, “Now, Ash has to track down the witch who turned her clocking out attempt into the worst gift imaginable: immortality. Turns out, the witch responsible is another sixteen-year-old girl named (get this) Liv. The two vow to undo the charm together and fight for Ash’s death… even as things get increasingly entangled with a strange new antidepressant called Somnia and her mom’s gross boyfriend, Greg (ughh).”

You can pre-order the paperback version for $19.99 or $9.99 for e-book. Dying Inside releases on August 30, 2024. Plus, you can order special limited-edition hardcover variants from Vault Comics here.

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