Guitar legend Joe Satriani is making his comic book debut as part of the second volume of IDW's Eternal Descent, appearing as a "cryptic entity" in February 2012's issue #3.
Satriani will be portraying a character who will have "limitless knowledge and incredible power,"says Eternal Descent writer Llexi Leon.
Eternal Descent is a "virtual band" whose conceptual heavy metal music has been captured into comic book form. Past cameo appearances in the comic of bands such as Static X, God Forbid and more have set the table for the biggest name to date to join on with Satriani, currently part of rock supergroup Chickenfoot.
Affectionately nicknamed "Smoke”, for his fiery guitar play, Satriani requested that violence had no part in his character. Newsarama had a chance to talk the Eternal Descent appearance with Satriani, and the “cosmic” influences in his music.
Newsarama: Joe, tell us a little bit about how you got involved with the comic.
Joe Satriani: Llexi reached out to me and asked if I would want to be part of the comic series, and of course I was enthusiastic. Eternal Descent is an awesome comic series.
Nrama: This progression into comics seems perfect, with albums titles such as , and , your music has always seemed to be at a different, "space-age" level, and it's fitting that it should be re-imagined in a comic. Give us your take on the character and what role you played in the development of the comic?
Satriani: This is all from the mind of Llexi. The way I look at things, real life is crazier than comics. Science fiction provides focus for the dreams and aspirations of forward thinking people, and comics like Eternal Descent give it a look and a vibe that can act as a catalyst for some very creative imagining of our future.
Nrama: Lexi Leon sent us this dialogue from the comics:
SATRIANI: I AM THE EXTREMIST, THE WORMHOLE WIZARD.
I BRIDGE THE DISCORD OF SPACE & TIME WITH STRANGE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC…
I AM NOT OF THIS EARTH…BUT I AM HERE, TO SEND YOU ON YOUR WAY.
To get a further sense of what your music is about and in turn your character, what role if any does space imagery, discoveries and possibly just gazing up at the cosmos play in influencing your creative mojo? And if it does, are there any specific instances you'd like to share?
Satriani: Like it, or, not, we are spinning on a big ball in outer space, and nobody knows where outer space is! That's reality. So when I look up in the night sky I'm always wondering — WTF? I've never been visited by aliens, or, ghosts, fairies, goblins, etc. Humans are scary enough! Outer space is our future. It may take a few hundred years to figure out how to get there, but it's inevitable. These realizations are with me all the time when I'm creating music. It's just how I think and feel.
Nrama: The cover art that has been released is a tribute to your album artwork. Do you have an active part in designs of the artwork for the comic and for your albums?
Satriani: I always work closely with the artists involved with my covers, I enjoy that process. Llexi has free rein when it comes to the comic's look and story, though. I'm just stepping back and being a fan.
Nrama: As a music and comic fan, it would be great to see more Satriani in comics and other forms of media. Is there a chance that the character has a reoccurring role in the comic and are there any other "space-y" concepts — whether in music or comic form — down the road?
Satriani: Not that I know of, but that sounds like a cool idea!
Nrama: So that brings me to, when are you, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith going to sit down to write a concept album, with a comic tie-in? "Chickenfoot in Space"?
Satriani: "Chickenfoot in Space"? That sounds like the best/worst sci-fi space-ploitation idea I've heard in a long time, ha! Sign me up. I can hear the soundtrack already, with heaps of crazy, otherworldly guitar solos!