To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gorillaz’ self-titled debut album, Gorillaz co-creator and artist Jamie Hewlett has enlisted more than 40 artists to share reimagined versions of the virtual band.
These “new interpretations” have been collected in a new, over 250-page coffee table book in collaboration switch Z2 Comics — the company behind the Gorillaz Almanac — simply titled The Gorillaz Art Book.
“Gorillaz have always collaborated with music, but this is the first time we’ve done an art collaboration,” says Hewlett in a statement on the anniversary project. “I’ve really enjoyed working with so many of my favorite artists and the result is this amazing book.”
Artists that have contributed to The Gorillaz Art Book include Song Machine collaborators such as The Cure’s Robert Smith and Laurie Vincent (of Slaves, who featured alongside slowthai on the project’s debut track “Momentary Bliss”).
Hewlett himself also shares a new version of Gorillaz for the book, alongside Jack Black, and other artists and illustrators who have worked on everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Powerpuff Girls and Adventure Time.
Last month, the group also announced an expansive Gorillaz reissue, with the box set featuring demos, live recordings, B-sides, and more artwork from Hewlett.
Soon, we’ll also be treated to a feature-length take on the Gorillaz universe, according to creator Damon Albarn. The musician confirmed that he’s working on a Studio Ghibli-esque project with Netflix in a November interview, saying: “It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. It’s been through so many incarnations…”
In the meantime, take a look at the official announcement for The Gorillaz Art Book below.