Featuring "homicidal gypsies, combative soldiers and porn-peddling peasants..."

Pixies frontman Black Francis is set to write a graphic novel.

Black Francis has always been a man of extremes. Forget humble ol' Frank Black: his Pixies fronting alter ego is drawn to the bizarre, the uncanny, the downright odd.

Deciding to pen a graphic novel, the results will be released next year. 'The Good Inn' was crafted with Pixies biographer Josh Frank, and will be illustrated by acclaimed comic book artist Steven Appleby.

Published by SelfMadeHero in May 2014, the tome hinges on the adventures of Soldier Boy, who is attempting to escape the fallout from an explosion in Toulon, France.

The sales blurb describes the graphic novel thus: "fantastic piece of illustrated fiction based on a yet-to-be-written soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t yet exist."

Continuing, the preview describes Soldier Boy as "navigating past homicidal gypsies, combative soldiers and porn-peddling peasants, he takes refuge in a secluded inn, where he finds himself centre stage in the making of the world’s first narrative pornographic film."

Pixies, meanwhile are busy as ever - the band will headline next year's edition of Field Day.

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In our rush to cover 'porn-peddling peasants' Clash neglected one tiny detail - bass player Kim Shattuck has now left the band. Meaning that Pixies have lost two female bass players called Kim within the space of 12 months.

The new issue of Clash magazine is out right now. It's always on the money with breakthrough acts worth listening to. So, go and see.


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