ODB, The Ballad of Russell Jones: A Comic By Akira The Don

Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present to you my first comic of 2012:

ODB: The Ballad of Russell Jones

Dedicated to the memory of my auntie Pat, a brilliant, brave, bold, and entirely bullshit free woman who died yesterday, and of course, the comic's subject: Russell Jones, the Ol' Dirty Bastard, subject of my 5th mixtape, an avatar for freedom on this mortal plane, who was taken from us seven years ago.

I was commissioned to do this for Topman, who have it in their new magazine, so go swag them out. It took me a lot longer than I meant it to, contributing to my relative silence for the first week of the year, but I am glad I did it as it is a beautiful artwork that will live forever, just like that spirit of pure freedom that dear Russell Jones embodied.

Thanks to my little brother Alex for the haunting painting of Dirty that features in the final panel. Alex painted me that for my birthday many years ago, and it tragically went missing when I moved out of the Pneumonia House on Murder Mile in Clapton. I have a scan, just like I have copies of Ol' Dirty albums, and sometimes I put one on and stare at it in meditation.

Peace and love to you all, brothers and sisters. Let us enjoy each other's company in this fine, fizzy, funny ole hologram while we can.