Heavy Metal to turn Nikki Sixx’s ‘The Heroin Diaries’ into a graphic novel

Rantz Hoseley, Danijel Zezelj, Andy Kuhn and Kieron Dwyer will adapt the Motley Crue bassist’s memoir into comic form.

Nikki Sixx and Ian Gittins’s The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star is set to become a graphic novel, courtesy of Heavy Metal.

Blabbermouth reports that The Heroin Diaries graphic novel “will be the first release under Heavy Metal’s new 12 X 12 imprint, a new line of music-themed art books and graphic novels that will explore the songs and experiences of the most exciting musical artists.”

“I’ve been the biggest fan of MÖTLEY CRÜE since the release of ‘Too Fast for Love’, and have nothing but the greatest respect for Nikki and his songwriting, so for us to be able to collaborate with him on bringing this tragedy-to-triumph to a new audience in a powerful way is a dream come true,” said Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal.

The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star was released in 2007. It contains diary entries by the Motley Crue bassist from Christmas of 1986 to Christmas 1987, when the band was recording their Girl Girl Girls album, supporting it on tour — and doing a lot of heroin. It ends with Sixx’s heroin overdose, which inspired the band to give up the drug. The dark parts about drug overdose are balanced out by Sixx’s often-funny stories about life in the studio and on the road.

Rantz Hoseley, who with Tori Amos on her Comic Book Tattoo anthology, will work with Sixx on adapting it, with art by the all-star team of Danijel Zezelj, Andy Kuhn and Kieron Dwyer.

The Heroin Diaries has always been deeply personal to me,” Sixx said. “So when the idea came up for a graphic novel based on the story, who better to partner with than the iconic Heavy Metal brand? I grew up reading their magazine as a kid. This is really a passion project and I’ve been intimately involved in every step along the way, from the storyline to the look and feel of the art. Working with Jeff, Rantz and their team has been an inspiring experience and I think we came up with a really unique spin on The Heroin Diaries that tells the story from a different angle. It is meant to be a treat for fans of The Heroin Diaries, old and new, and I hope everyone will enjoy the graphic novel as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you.”

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