Indonesian diva Agnez Mo brings fierce traditional look into graphic novel realm

Agnez Mo, who is one of Indonesia’s biggest musical exports to date, teamed up with Z2 Comics for a graphic novel titled ‘Don’t Wake Up,’ inspired by her 2017 hit and music video, ‘Long As I Get Paid.’ Screenshots from YouTube/AGNEZ MO and Instagram/@z2comics
Agnez Mo, who is one of Indonesia’s biggest musical exports to date, teamed up with Z2 Comics for a graphic novel titled ‘Don’t Wake Up,’ inspired by her 2017 hit and music video, ‘Long As I Get Paid.’ Screenshots from YouTube/AGNEZ MO and Instagram/@z2comics

In a career that has spanned almost three decades, Agnez Mo will soon add creating and featuring in a graphic novel to her growing list of works.

Agnez, who is one of Indonesia’s biggest musical exports to date, teamed up with Z2 Comics for a graphic novel titled Don’t Wake Up, inspired by her 2017 hit and music video, Long As I Get Paid. 

The graphic novel is penned by Karla Pacheco, writer of Spider-Woman comics, with illustrations by Peter V. Nguyen and Andres Labrada, and described as “Catwoman meets The Sandman” and tells the story of “the heist of a lifetime.”

Agnez Mo’s look in the graphic novel seems to be directly lifted from the music video, featuring batik-inspired bustier, headdress, and a traditional keris dagger.

The 34-year-old singer took to Instagram yesterday to share her excitement with her fans, especially after keeping the project a secret for more than a year.

 

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Although there is no official date yet, Don’t Wake Up is reportedly set for release in November this year and you can pre-order the graphic novel from here. Prices start from US$19.99 for standard edition with paperback cover to US$199.99 for the super deluxe edition ⁠— which consists of “oversized hardcover deluxe edition graphic novel” signed by Agnez and the creative team, graphic novel slipcase, four exclusive art prints, a bracelet, and an exclusive music component that will be announced later.

Z2 Comics is a US-based publisher specializing in “helping musicians tell their stories through graphic novels.” Prior to Don’t Wake Up, Z2 Comics has collaborated with the likes of US singer-songwriters Mitski and Poppy, as well as rock band The Doors, to name a few.

Agnez Mo debuted as a child singer in 1994 under her birth name, Agnes Monica, and became one of the country’s most renowned child celebrities with careers in TV and film.

In 2013, she changed her stage name to Agnez Mo and released an eponymous album — her first in English. This was followed by the release of X, her debut international studio album, in 2017 after the success of her singles Boy Magnet and Coke Bottle, the latter of which featured American rappers Timbaland and T.I..

One of Agnez’s most notable recent appearances was in a music video by rapper Megan Thee Stallion, the summer anthem of 2019 called Hot Girl Summer featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. Agnez has been spending more time in the US than Indonesia, though she appears to be back home for a while now. 

In the past couple of years, Agnez has also released non-album singles such as Overdose featuring controversial R&B singer Chris Brown, Diamonds feat. rapper French Montana, Nanana, Promises, Fuckin’ Boyfriend, and the latest being F Yo Love Song.

 

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