Bless the fateful day that genius cartoonist & illustrator Isabella Rotman emailed me to ask if I might possibly have a burning desire to cover “Long Black Veil.” She was putting the finishing touches on a comic adapting the song, and thought it would be nice to have a sonic companion to the book. I was immediately on board, as this is one of my favorite songs from the vast and varied Johnny Cash catalog. Then I read her beautiful and charming adaptation, my delicate brain exploded, and I got to work on trying to create a version of the song that might conceivably live in the same world as Isabella’s interpretation.

You can buy Isabella Rotman’s beautiful comic adaptation of the song in her online store.

You can learn more about her fantastic work at

The song is available at, and you can see the song & the comic book in action together in the video that Isabella put together above.