Blur’s ‘The Magic Whip’ inspires new comic book ‘Travel To Hong Kong With Blur’

Comic book artist Kongkee creates visual accompaniment to the album

Blur have teamed up with Hong Kong based artist Kongkee on a comic book inspired by their latest album, ‘The Magic Whip’.

The comic, titled ‘Travel To Hong Kong With Blur’, is available from today (June 9) and is described as a “visual accompaniment” to the album which was released earlier this year. The 24-page comic sees the four members of Blur undertake a traditional Manhua, futuristic adventure in Hong Kong.

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Fans in the UK will be able to get hold of a copy of the comic when they are placed in the towns and cities the band are playing in this week. Anyone in Glasgow (June 9), Blackpool (June 10), and Llandudno (June 11) wanting a comic will have to follow clues left by the band via their social media accounts in order to track down the hidden items.

The person who finds the comic and tweets a photo of themselves with it then gets to keep the comic and also wins a limited edition, signed print taken from the original comic art work by Kongkee.

Today’s clue for fans in Glasgow can be seen below:

To see an interview with Kongkee and watch the full story of how ‘Travel To Hong Kong with Blur’ watch the video below.


Blur bassist Alex James has spoken about the band’s rivalry with Oasis in a new interview, suggesting that they should reunite so they can support Blur on tour. James told The Independent: “Liam’s come out and said ‘Lonesome Street’ is his favourite song of the year, God bless him. And Damon and Noel are quite good friends now. So, I think, let’s focus on the positives. It’s lovely that it’s got a happy ending. I hope they get back together. They can support us.”

Meanwhile, Blur have been announced for a 90-minute comeback episode of classic ’90s TV show TFI Friday, alongside fellow musical guests Liam Gallagher, Roger Daltrey, Mani and The Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie.

Blur released their first album in 12 years during April, going straight to Number One in the UK. The band’s series of intimate headline dates come ahead of their British Summer Time show at London’s Hyde Park on June 20.