It's no secret that Andy Black is a big fan of comics, and during a recent visit to New York City, we took the singer-songwriter shopping at the acclaimed Forbidden Planet to pick out his top five graphic novels.

You'll have to check out the video above if you want to find out his faves and hear the stories behind why.

Today (April 12) marks the release of Black's latest solo endeavor, The Ghost Of Ohio, which serves as a soundtrack to its accompanying graphic novel. The novel tells the tale of someone who died young whose spirit then inhabits an area for a hundred years, looking for ways to connect while feeling forgotten.

It pulls from the haunted history of Black’s hometown while exploring his childhood anxieties and obsessions to tell the character's story.

“I’ve always liked the idea of building worlds, making a character for myself, in very heightened and stylized dimensions I could live in,” he says. “It’s about expressing myself creatively, while making something that didn’t exist before.”

The album debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart. You can check it out for yourself here. Black is currently on tour in support of the new record and you can see all upcoming dates below.

 

 

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April 12 -  Las Vegas, Nev. @ Vinyl
April 13 -  Los Angeles, Calif. @ El Rey Theatre
April 14 -  Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Nile Theatre
April 16 -  Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot
April 17 -  Denver, Colo. @ The Gothic
April 19 -  Dallas, Texas @ Gas Monkey
April 20 - San Antonio, Texas @ The Rock Box
April 22 - Atlanta, Ga. @ The Masquerade
April 23 -  Orlando, Fla. @ Plaza Live
April 25 -  Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogarts
April 26 -  Greensboro, N.C. @ The Blind Tiger
April 29 -  Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Mr. Smalls
April 30 -  Baltimore, Md. @ Baltimore Soundstage
May 01 -  New York, N.Y. @ Gramercy Theatre
May 03 -  Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium
May 04 -  Asbury Park, N.J. @ Asbury Lanes
May 06 -  Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Elevation
May 07 -  Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
May 08 -  Minneapolis, Minn. @ Varsity Theater
May 10 -  Cleveland, Ohio @ Phantasy Nightclub
May 11 -  Detroit, Mich. @ The Majestic
May 13 -  Toronto, Ontario @ The Opera House
May 15 -  Montreal, Quebec @ L’Astral
May 16 -  Philadelphia, Pa. @ Underground Arts
May 17 - Virginia Beach, Va. @ Elevation 27

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