Rise of the Ogre
|Rise of the Ogre|
Rise of the Ogre (cover)
|Author||Cass Browne / Gorillaz|
|Illustrator||Jamie Hewlett & Zombie Flesh Eaters|
|Cover artist||Jamie Hewlett|
|Publisher|| Michael Joseph Ltd.
| 26 October 2006
2 November 2006
Rise of the Ogre is an autobiography about the virtual band Gorillaz. Ostensibly written by the four band-members in collaboration with (actual) Gorillaz musician and official scribe Cass Browne, the book is 304 pages long and is extensively illustrated. It was released in the UK on 26 October 2006 by Michael Joseph Ltd. and in the US on 2 November 2006 by Riverhead Books. A paperback edition of the book was released in the US on 6 November 2007.
Rise of the Ogre has also been released as the world's first audiobook singles. The four part audiobook was narrated by Joss Ackland. Initially an iTunes exclusive, one part was released every week for four weeks beginning 4 December 2006. However, the audiobook on iTunes remains incomplete.
The book details the fictional life-stories of the band-members: Murdoc Niccals, 2D, Russel Hobbs and Noodle. It contains previously unknown secrets of the band, such as future plans of the movie, new and rare art by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett, the "low down" on Kong Studios, their headquarters, and the story of the truth behind the "El Mañana" video. The book blends fact and fiction throughout, interspersing commentary from the fictional band members with actual quotes from their creators, collaborators and critics. The front cover of the book, when flipped sideways, is a mirage of Murdoc Niccals' pet raven 'Cortez'.
In October, a promotion trailer for the book was released on the band's official website which is still available for viewing.
During its availability for pre-order, there was a contest to win a copy of the book signed by Hewlett and Browne themselves. Only 50 of the copies got the signatures. Another contest that ran before the release of the book was a video contest; announced on the Gorillaz MySpace, it asked for fans to submit a video trailer for the book. The winner would receive a signed copy of the book, a signed poster and a framed original color proof from the book, with five runners-up receiving unsigned copies. The official fansite also mentioned the winning video would be posted on Gorillaz.com, but as of January 2007, no winners have been publicly announced.
Band creators Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn also appeared in Oxford Street, London bookstore Waterstone's to sign copies of the book on 6 November 2006 from 6pm-7pm (note the use of sixes on the date as a reference to Murdoc's satanic ways). Another book signing took place in a Pop-Up shop on London's South Bank where Jamie Hewlett appeared along with Cass Browne.