London indie publisher SelfMadeHero has acquired the U.K. and Commonwealth rights to The Good Inn, a book written by Pixies frontman Black Francis and the band’s biographer Josh Frank, and illustrated by cartoonist Steven Appleby.
Set for release in May, The Good Inn is described as “a fantastical piece of illustrated fiction based on a yet-to-be-written soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t yet exist, which Black Francis has approached with the same characteristic eccentricity and imagination he writes a song. The teenage hero known only as Soldier Boy escapes a devastating explosion at the French port of Toulon and sets out on a bizarre journey across France. Navigating past homicidal gypsies, combative soldiers and porn-peddling peasants, he takes refuge in a secluded inn, where he finds himself center stage in the making of the world’s first narrative pornographic film.”
In July, the Pixies released “Bagboy,” its first new material in nearly a decade, shortly after it was announced bassist Kim Deal had left the band. She was replaced by Kim Shattuck, who, it turns out, has already split with the group.