Screaming Females leader and graphic artist Marissa Paternoster has collaborated with Don Giovanni Records owner Joe Steinhardt on a new graphic novel, Merriment. Here's the synopsis:

Mack is having a hard time adjusting to life in New Jersey and the realization that she may never be able to afford to live in New York City ever again. It's hard for anyone to be happy these days though, a fact her mother will not let her forget. And what's worse: she thinks she might have committed a murder. And that maybe, just maybe, the FBI is spying on her?

In Merriment we follow Mack on her quest for happiness through the horrors of life as she navigates existential dread, real life dread, and everything in between.

According to Merriment's Kickstarter page, the novel began for Joe as "a form therapy to play out some of the things he was going through in his head but did not want to talk to anyone out loud about." After conversations with Marissa, it morphed into this graphic novel. You can preorder Merriment and learn more about it via Kickstarter.

Meanwhile, Screaming Females play NJ's White Eagle Hall on Saturday (2/22) which is their annual "Garden Party" and is with Mal Blum, Radioactivity, No Men (tickets). That's also a kickoff for their tour with PUP of the Southwest and West Coast and updated dates are listed below.

Feb 22, 2020 - White Eagle Hall - Jersey City, NJ - Screaming Females' Annual Garden Party w/ Mal Blum, Radioactivity, No Men
Feb 25, 2020 - The Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ w/ PUP
Feb 26, 2020 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM w/ PUP
Feb 28, 2020 - White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX w/ PUP
Feb 29, 2020 - Canton Hall - Dallas, TX w/ PUP
Mar 01, 2020 - Emo's - Austin, TX w/ PUP
Mar 02, 2020 - Tower Theatre - Oklahoma City, OK w/ PUP
Mar 03, 2020 - White Schoolhouse - Lawrence, KS
Mar 04, 2020 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE w/ PUP
Mar 05, 2020 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO w/ PUP
Mar 06, 2020 - The Complex - Salt Lake City, UT w/ PUP
Mar 07, 2020 - The Shredder - Boise, ID
Mar 08, 2020 - Spanish Ballroom - Tacoma, WA w/ PUP
Mar 09, 2020 - Neptune Theatre - Seattle, WA w/ PUP
Mar 10, 2020 - Roesland Theater - Portland, OR w/ PUP
Mar 11, 2020 - Sessions Music Hall - Eugene, OR w/ PUP
Mar 13, 2020 - Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA w/ PUP
Mar 14, 2020 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA w/ PUP
Mar 15, 2020 - Bootleg Theater - Los Angeles, CA w/ Alice Bag and Generacion Suicida
Apr 18, 2020 - Stoopfest - Lansing, MI w/ Tweens and Nana Grizol

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