Bruce Springsteen can now add graphic novel writer to his long list of accomplishments. It was announced that the Boss is currently working on a graphic novel which will be based on 2009’s “Outlaw Pete” from his album, Working on a Dream.
The song was directly inspired by the 1950’s children’s book, Brave Cowboy Bill which Springsteen’s mother, allegedly, read to him as a child. That went on to inspire the tale of the cowboy.
“Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale, and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of out country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters.” said illustrator Frank Caruso about the joint venture between him and Springsteen.
“Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins” chimed in Springsteen about the book.
“When Bruce wrote “Outlaw Pete,” he didn’t just write a great song, he created a great character,” Caruso added.
The novel, which is set to be released on November 4, will feature “words” by Springsteen while all animation will be done by Caruso. At present time, there’s no clarification on whether that means Springsteen will be writing the actual text for the book or if he’ll be giving ideas to someone else to write.
“The first time I heard the song, this book played out in my head.”
Springsteen released his eighteenth studio album, High Hopes at the beginning of the year and has been tour relentlessly behind it, though, things have gotten quiet down on the touring front for the New Jersey icon, recently.