Gary Powell, best known as the drummer in The Libertines, has announced he is moving into the crypto art space and releasing his first NFT entitled ‘THE INVASION OF…’
Gary Powell has collaborated with New York visual artist Josh Klaw and veteran Hollywood TV writer Jim Martin to create a unique digital art experience. ‘THE INVASION OF…’ is currently being developed as a graphic novel and animated film that serve as companion pieces to Powell’s debut solo album.
Powell’s first crypto drop will be a rare 1 of 1 living art collaboration, with animated visuals and a totally unique, unreleased demo of a track from his debut solo album. This version of the track will be burned after the NFT is purchased, ensuring its exclusivity and worth in the blockchain.
Following the first drop, Powell and his collaborators will release three highly limited edition NFT GIFs, and three numbered digital prints that will all be digitally stamped for authenticity via OpenSea. Details can be found here: https://opensea.io/gary_powell
Quote from creator Gary Powell about the idea behind ‘The INVASION OF…’: “There is no longer a libretto like brief to read at the back of an album to tell you what you have purchased or how the work was completed and by whom. There’s not even really the physical experience of playing your purchase as for the majority this has been digitised. I want to take the experience we once cherished and place it into a familiar frame work that is the world we live in now so you can hold something whilst you listen and watch something that ties the whole experience together. “
About Musician and Creator Gary Powell
Gary Powell is the creator of ‘THE INVASION OF…’, an inter-dimensional graphic novel and animated film, bridging time and space; set to music (Music and Lyrics by Gary Powell, novel co-written by Powell).
Powell is a contributing writer for the New York magazine Ubikwist and has interviewed the likes of Ben Harper and photographer Anthony Barboza. He hosts his own radio show, DJs around the world, runs his own record label (25 Hour Convenience Store) and is an ambassador for the charity Restore the Music. He has toured with Dirty Pretty Things, The Specials and New York Dolls. He has released three albums with The Libertines – Up The Bracket (2002), The Libertines (2004) and Anthems For Doomed Youth (2015). Powell will be touring the UK with The Libertines in November and December.
About Visual Artist Josh Klaw
Josh Klaw is the visual artist for ‘THE INVASION OF…’
Josh Klaw is a multidisciplinary visual artist and filmmaker. After graduating from the Cinema School at USC, he worked in music video and feature production before transitioning to commercial art and photography and as an artist he trained under legendary animators Karl Gnass and Glenn Villppu at The Animation Guild in Burbank, CA. After years working for start-ups, big brands, ad agencies and private clients in the multiverse of commercial illustration, storyboarding, cinematography, feature films, fashion photography and influencer content, Mr. Klaw is transiting the portal from analog deliverables into block chain art and crypto culture. His work combines the mediums of fine art photography, digital VFX, animation, cinematography and good-old-hand drawn illustration to create unique pieces that could not have existed in another era. Previously, his work has been commissioned by Society 6, Athleta, National Geographic Channel, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Ecos, 3Doodler, Clorox, Temple Run, Dreamworks, Tillamook and Apple.
About Writer Jim Martin
Jim Martin is the writer of ‘THE INVASION OF…’ graphic novel and animated film alongside creator Gary Powell.
He is a BAFTA award / BANFF award / Webby Award / PGA Award winning Emerson College graduate who has written for film, television and the Internet. Jim’s first writing were on NBC’s HEROES. Jim wrote and produced HEROES’ web series’ and graphic novels, writing on Season 4 of the show (An episode he titled LET IT BLEED). After his run on HEROES, Jim co-wrote and co-produced a reboot of Leslie Charteris’ THE SAINT starring Adam Rayner and Eliza Dushku. Jim staffed as a writer on DISNEY XD’s international hit cartoon RANDY CUNNINGHAM: 9TH GRADE NINJA. He went on to staff on DISNEY’S BEST FRIENDS WHENEVER, being promoted to Story Editor in season two, before becoming Executive Story Editor on the first season of RAVEN’S HOME and then Co-Producer on the NETFLIX series MALIBU RESCUE. Between seasons of live action TV, Jim has written episodes of myriad animated series including MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN, Bleacher Report’s CHAMPIONS series, Blizzard/Activision’s Netflix series SKYLANDERS ACADEMY, as well as Hasbro’s MY LITTLE PONY. Jim has also been nominated for an International Emmy and an NAACP award.