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Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings

The Graphic Novel

Foreword by Terry Brown / Illustrated by Ittai Manero and Juan Riera
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Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings chronicles the notorious story of how one of the most influential rock bands of all-time came to envision, write, and record their ground-breaking fifth studio album: A Farewell to Kings

Recorded and mixed in just over a month, A Farewell to Kings was adventurous, risk-taking album that brought the world two of the band’s most beloved songs: “Closer to the Heart” and the majestic “Xanadu.”

Following the worldwide tour for their first major commercial success, 2112, Rush began their transition into their celebrated progressive rock sound with A Farewell to Kings. The progressive rock album allowed band members Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart to test out new instruments and recording styles, marking the transition into the eclectic sound fans have come to know and love.

Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings chronicles the birth of this renowned album, from the moments Rush developed the idea for the unconventional sound to the legendary recording sessions at Rockfield Studios in Wales. Now with new contributions from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and A Farewell to Kings producer Terry Brown, this graphic novel sheds light on new details even the most avid Rush fans will be excited to learn about the making of the band's fifth studio album.

Featuring a new blueprint cover, the much-requested paperback version of the bestselling graphic novel, Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings, offers Rush fans the opportunity to add this epic, fully-authorized graphic novel to their collection. With stunning artwork and storytelling from the creative minds at Fantoons, readers will be taken on a wild and unforgettable journey through the making of one of the biggest commercial successes in Rush’s forty-plus-year-long career.

Whether you’re a new Rush listener or a long-time follower, this book is a must-have for every Rush fan. 

David Calcano is the founder and creative director of Fantoons, an animation studio based in Los Angeles. David was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has been watching cartoons ever since he was inside his mom’s belly. As an adult, he moved to the UK, where he worked as a systems engineer until he dropped his career to pursue his true dream: to build an animation studio, create cartoons and publish books that merge music and creative art. Throughout his career, David has worked hand-in-hand with some of the top companies and musical artists around the world, including The Walt Disney Company, Rush, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Mr. Big, Universal Music, Poison, and Steve Martin.

Lindsay Lee is an illustrator and co-author of Where Is Alice Cooper? An artist since birth, Lindsay brings her love of music and her unique illustration style to her role as an artist and writer for the award-winning animation studio Fantoons, where she has worked on best-selling titles like Ninja Sex Party: The Graphic Novel, Rush: The Making of a Farewell to Kings, and Neil Peart: The Illustrated Quotes. Lindsay currently lives in Tennessee, and when she's not helping create material for the greatest artists in the cosmos, she’s perfecting her own original comic.