Deezer Reimagines 2015s Music Icons in Comic Book Form

Music Streaming Service Deezer have worked with a comic illustrator to create ‘The Deezer Annual”.

Deezer have worked with a renowned illustrator for comic books, Brian Williamson, to create a collection of limited edition art pieces representing high-profile figures in the music world of 2015. The limited edition pieces are available to buy and will raise money for War Child, a charity dedicated to protecting children caught up in wars.

Brian Williamson said of the project: “I’ve worked on some of the most iconic comic books and characters in the world, but it’s clear that the music landscape provides just as much drama as some of the richest fictional worlds.”

The illustrations feature such iconic moments as Madonna falling off stage, Dave Grohl breaking his leg mid-performance and Drake dancing in the Hotline Bling video with a lightsaber. Deezer’s UK and Ireland music editor, Sam Lee said: “2015 has been a great year for fans of music, but arguably even a better year of fans of drama and headlines. Kanye loomed large over everything that happened – despite him not actually releasing a new album this year – We can’t wait to see what in store for next year!” (sic)


Here are the illustrations for the Deezer Annual 2015:

Zayne GB
“Zayn quits One Direction, breaking millions of girl’s hearts across the globe. His departure saw streaming data for One Direction fans increase by 55% globally.”

Bieber GB“Justin Bieber redeems himself with global smash hit ‘What Do You Mean?‘ In fact, every single song from his Purpose album charted in the UK Top 100 – beating the record set by The Beatles.”

Madonna GB“Madonna falls off stage during a live BRITS performance.”

Grohl GB“Dave Grohl breaks his leg mid-performance, but still finishes the show.”

Taylor vs Nicki“Nicky (sic) Minaj and Taylor Swift are embroiled in a Twitter tantrum over the MTV VMAs nominations.”

Drake GB“Drake triggers a million memes with the release of Hotline Bling. His global streams increased by 218% after the video dropped.”

Rihanna GB“Rihanna causes controversy with her violent and graphic B**** Better Have My Money!

Weeknd GB reedit“The Weeknd prove that a numb face isn’t solely derived from a wild Saturday night after their hit becomes the global summer anthem. Their daily streaming ‘peak’ was reached on October 3rd, 2015.”
(We’re not sure why Deezer refer to The Weeknd as a group either)

Sia GB“Shirtless Shia LaBeouf shocks fans as he wrestles a tiny girl in Sia’s Elastic Heart.”

Kanye GB“Kanye West experiences the bitter taste of Karma, after his headline Glastonbury slot is upstaged by prankster Lee Nelson. It didn’t affect his streaming success however, as his UK listening figures spiked 66%.”


On their blog post Deezer talk about how to get your hands on copies of the illustrations as well as talking a bit about War Child:

Fans will have the opportunity to win the inaugural illustration of each design by placing an online bid at All money raised through the auction will go directly to War Child – an international charity that helps children whose lives have been torn apart by wars in areas including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic. They are protecting children from the brutal effects of conflict and helping them rebuild their lives through education, counselling and skills training.

War Child CEO, Rob Williams commented: “The international music community has been exceptionally good to us as a charity for over 20 years, with support from artists as varied as Sir Paul McCartney, Muse, Amy Winehouse and The Killers – and we’re now happy to welcome Deezer to the fold. Today, War Child’s work has never been more vital. Children are suffering from the brutal effects of conflict around the world and they are in desperate need of protection and education. Anyone who bids for one of these unique comic illustrations is enabling War Child to give these children the support they need to rebuild their lives.”

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