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NCT 127 to launch graphic novel, a first for K-pop

Kristofer Purnell - Philstar.com
NCT 127 to launch graphic novel, a first for K-pop
"Megastar" Sharon Cuneta and her daughter Miel meet their ultimate K-pop boy group: NCT 127.
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MANILA, Philippines — K-pop group NCT 127 will be launching its an original graphic novel titled "NCT 127: Limitless" in what will be the K-pop industry's first officially licensed print comic.

Assisting the group are record labels Universal Music Group and their own SM Entertainment alongside Z2 Comics, the latter having done work for other artists like Gorillaz and Weird Al Yankovic.

Allison Goulet-Scott is a co-writer while the art graphic novel's art is by Kayla Felty and 24×4. Felty also designed the cover art with colorist Megan Huang.

"We’re overjoyed to unite with Z2 Comics to witness NCT 127 expand beyond the boundaries of music into graphic novels,” said SM Entertainment in a statement, which also handles aespa, EXO and Red Velvet. "NCT was designed as a project of unlimited potential, unrestrained by geography and formal boundaries."

The comic takes its name from the group's 2017 mini-album of the same name and will follow NCT 127 in a multiverse-hopping, reality-blurring story of them rehearsing for a sold-out stadium show in New York City.

"As NCT 127 grapples with mysterious, otherworldly and reality-crossing enigmas, they must overcome their fears in both the real world and this new, surreal dreamscape," Z2 comics described the comic in a statement.

"NCT Limitless" will come in standard hardcover and deluxe hardcover editions with a target date around July 2023, but is already available for pre-orders.

The standard hardcover has nine different variants, one for each group member — Taeil, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Jungwoo, Mark, and Haechan.

Meanwhile, the deluxe hardcovers will have signed art prints illustrated by Felty, a customized NCT-127 trading card, and a certificate of authenticity.

NCT 127 is a unit of SM Entertainment’s boy-band brand project NCT which has sub-units like the youthful NCT DREAM and China-based WayV.

The group recently finished its "Neo City — The Link" tour which had them performing in South Korea, Japan, the United States, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines.

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