According to Bleeding Cool, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine will sign copies of the band's graphic novel, "Death By Design", at the Heavy Metal magazine booth #1529 at San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 on Sunday, July 21 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Only 400 copies of the book will be available. FYE will have exclusive signed copies at its pop-up shop in the Horton Plaza.
Mustaine's participation at the event will mark his first public appearance since he announced he was diagnosed with throat cancer.
The 57-year-old MEGADETH leader revealed his cancer diagnosis on June 17 on social media. He said that he has already begun treatment as part of a plan that his doctors feel has a "90% success rate."
"Death By Design" features stories written and illustrated by top talent from the comics, film, television and music world inspired by the songs on MEGADETH's 35th-anniversary greatest-hits compilation, "Warheads On Foreheads".
The 350-page graphic anthology, carefully curated by Mustaine and Heavy Metal, is a powerful book that gives both insight and understanding into the universe of MEGADETH and its harrowed mascot, Vic Rattlehead.
MEGADETH, working in close collaboration with Heavy Metal, has collected an unprecedented pool of talent for "Megadeth: Death By Design", making it any comic book or MEGADETH fan's dream. Brendan Small (creator of "Metalocalypse") teams with Belen Ortega ("Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") for "Hangar 18". Dan Fogler ("Fantastic Beasts And Where To find Them") writes an apocalyptic tale insanely drawn by Andy Belanger ("Southern Cross") for "Rattlehead". An A-list talent pool rounds out the roster featuring Tim Seeley ("Hack/Slash"), Ben Templesmith ("30 Days Of Night"), Brian Wood ("DMZ"), Justin Jordan and John Bivens ("Spread"), Leah Moore and John Reppion ("Judge Dredd"), Joe Keatingue ("Popgun"), Christine Larsen ("Holy Diver"), Frazier Irving ("Annihilator") and more than 50 other talented creators.
Said Mustaine: "I have always fantasized about MEGADETH doing something this gloriously electrifying and gruesome. I hope everyone will enjoy the graphic novel as much as I enjoyed working with Heavy Metal to put it together for you."
Jeff Krelitz, CEO of Heavy Metal, said: "Since I was old enough to buy records, MEGADETH has been one of my favorite bands, not only for the great storytelling in the music, but the world building imagery on the album covers. This opportunity to meld the two worlds together and tell stories inspired by their songs is a privilege that we are excited to present to the fans."
"Megadeth: Death By Design" comes in four different editions.