Jerry Garcia has gone beyond the rim and the original Grateful Dead band is no more but there is still plenty of new music to be found.

The remaining band members have joined forces with ZZ Comics for a new graphic novel and some new tunes to be released some time next year. 

Artist Noah Van Sciver and writer Chris Miskiewicz will be creating a new “Original History” on the iconic rockers with “Grateful Dead Origins”. 

The book will travel all the way back to the very beginning of the band; even before they were the Grateful Dead, but were the bar band the Warlocks.

ZZComics is releasing two editions of the book – a standard soft cover version that comes with a download of early Dead music. The deluxe edition is an individually numbered coffee table sized hard edition with autographed prints by the authors and a vinyl release of previously unheard Dead music.

The books are currently available for pre-order from

Dead leader Jerry Garcia was a serious graphic novel enthusiast; it is fitting that one such creation feature the Grateful Dead.

Speaking on the upcoming book Grateful Dead audiovisual archivist and legacy manager David Lemieux said, “we’ve seen many archival releases that offer magnificent audio representations of the Grateful Dead’s history, and several filmed interpretations of the Dead’s story. To these, we’re thrilled to add to the Dead’s narrative canon this beautiful portrayal of the Dead’s origin story in the form of this wonderful new comic. Chris and Noah have captured the Dead’s sensibility in their words and images that bring to life on the page the earliest days of the Grateful Dead, from the band’s founding in 1965 through to Woodstock. We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with such talented artists who have delved so deeply into the Dead’s history and origin.”
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