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Ne-Yo unveils team up with Stan Lee

R&B star collaborating with comics guru on Libra Scale, a multimedia project that tells a superhero story through music videos

He's no stranger to collaboration but US R&B star Ne-Yo unveiled his strangest team-up to date over the weekend. The R&B singer shared a stage with 87-year-old comics legend Stan Lee at the New York Comic Con on Saturday to unveil his first foray into the medium.

Ne-Yo has collaborated with the former Marvel president on Libra Scale, a comic strip written to complement his forthcoming album of the same name.

As part of an ambitious multimedia project, the videos to the album's first three singles – Beautiful Monster, Champagne Life and One in a Million – represent a continuous live-action comic-book narrative, with two more videos promised.

The story concerns a hero called Jerome who is granted superpowers with the proviso that he must never fall in love. When he breaks the pact by falling for a girl called Pretti Sinclair, she is transformed into supervillain Diamond Eyes and an epic battle ensues.

On the convention stage, Lee said: "Basically a really good rapper or really good music is super because people love it – and it inspires a man, it makes him feel great Reading a really good comic book with super characters does the same thing. And I promised Ne-Yo that I'm gonna make him feel at home and make sure that he feels comfortable with what we're doing, because he's a very shy guy!

"But seriously ... nothing appeals to young people or even older people as much as a good story and good music, so we're gonna put them both together."

An increasing number of musicians have been dabbling in the comic-book world. Gerard Way, the My Chemical Romance frontman, won an Eisner award for his series The Umbrella Academy, while Melissa Auf der Maur adapted her recent album Out of Our Minds into both a graphic novel and a short film.


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