Oni Press announced the August 2023 release of Malcolm Kid and the Perfect Song by Austin Paramore and Sarah Bollinger.
Normally, Malcolm Kid wouldn’t give this type of question the time of day. As a straight-B student with a heart of copper, he is far more concerned with overcoming mediocrity than he is with achieving perfection. But that all changes when he stumbles across the LK-2000—a strange keyboard cursed with the soul of an old jazz musician.
Malcolm soon learns that the only way to free this musician’s soul is by performing the perfect song. With much hesitation and the help of his lifelong friend January Young, Malcolm embarks on a musical journey across the city of New Bronzeville in the hopes of discovering the perfect song and finding himself as a musician along the way.
“At this point, Malcolm Kid feels more like a friend than a character. For the last few years, I’ve gotten to learn everything about him—his hopes, his fears, his sense of humor, his net worth . . . everything,” said writer Austin Paramore in a press release from Oni Press. “And as we approach the release of this graphic novel, I’m honestly just excited for the rest of the world to get to know him, too. I hope you laugh at him, I hope you laugh with him, I hope you learn something new, and I sincerely hope you love him and his story as much as the team behind this book does.”
“From the get-go, I fell in love with Malcolm Kid, Ary, and this book’s entire cast of characters. I love how Austin told their story of communication and connection through memories, music, art, tech, gestures, and generations, and it was an honor to illustrate,” said artist Sarah Bollinger in the same press release. “To see this book come together was amazing, and I’m so proud to be one of the many who helped bring it to life. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”
Malcolm Kid and the Perfect Song arrives on August 2, 2023.