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HIP HOP PIONEER DARRYL "DMC" McDANIELS STARTS HIS OWN COMIC PUBLISHING HOUSE
"Gorgeous. Frenetic. Forward thinking. Beautifully illustrated. Fresh. Modern and full of edge. They definitely know how to channel a much needed vibe into the medium in a fresh way." – Phil Jimenez, writer/artist at Marvel, DC (Infinite Crisis, the Invisibles, Wonder Woman, New X-Men)
"Irreverent. Madcap and fun as hell." – Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
"Wow, amazing! This is a book that has never existed before. Great art, eclectic storytelling... I am in." Reginald Hudlin, Academy Award nominated filmmaker of Django Unchained
HOLLIS QUEENS, N.Y. – Hip hop pioneer and icon Darryl "DMC" McDaniels announced that he is bringing his love for comics full circle with the creation of his very own independent publishing house, Darryl Makes Comics working alongside his partner and Editor-In-Chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Senior Editor Riggs Morales.
"When Run came to me the first time and said 'Yo, we're putting you in the group,' I was a nervous little nerdy kid," DMC said. "I didn't want to get up in front of y'all and rhyme but then what gave me confidence, out there on stage was pretending that I was the Hulk on the microphone."
DMC grew up reading comics and developed a passion for them. In his first graphic novel, it's 1985 in New York City and graffiti covers subway cars as b-boys break and spin in playgrounds and on street corners. Drugs and crime rule the streets. The city's brand new guardian angels wear spandex and capes, wielding their gadgets and their superpowers to "clean up" the City for the benefit of a select few. The rest whisper a different name: DMC, who dons his tracksuit and Adidas sneakers to defend the city's marginalized citizens against super villain and super hero alike.
About Darryl Makes Comics
Darryl Makes Comics is an independent comic book imprint created by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, collaborator and Editor-in-Chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, and music executive Riggs Morales. Darryl Makes Comics is dedicated to the idea that every walk of life has heroes and stories worth telling. "Hip hop was always based on creativity," DMC says, "So what we're trying to do with this comic book is not trying to create anything that's new; we're just going to show the world what's already there… the beauty and the creativity of it."
For additional information PRESS @ DMC-Comics.com.
DMC #2 Debuts at New York Comic Con, Stan Lee's Comikaze and UK's Thought Bubble!
Darryl DMC McDaniels returns and fulfills on his promise to expand the Darryl Makes Comics universe! In our second graphic novel you'll meet more heroes like LAK6, Sifu Horus and The Breaks! They are on the cusp of the b-boy hero movement but first they must take on the status quo that has been misleading New York City.
Written by Amy Chu and David Walker based on a story by Greg Pak and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez. Illustrated by Juan Doe, Afu Chan, Sung Goo Won and Marcus Williams. Cover by Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado and Bio from the graffiti crew Tats Cru! Variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz, Kristin Sorra, Dexter Vines and graffiti from Ket!
DMC #1.5 2nd Printing Debuts at UK's Thought Bubble!
LAK6 REMIXED! As promised by our publisher Darryl DMC McDaniels we are expanding the DMC universe! In DMC #1 we were introduced to 13 year old Leticia aka LAK6, the graffiti writer brave enough to take on Mr. Marx and guide Charlie Cooper throughout the city to track down the mysterious b-boy hero DMC! In this special issue LAK6 suits up to become the next superhero in the DMC universe!
It's 1985 in New York City. Wildstyle graffiti covers subway cars as. B-boys break and spin in playgrounds and on street corners. Koch is mayor. Drugs and crime rule the streets. A terrifying plague is brewing in the shadows. And as the populace loses faith in the police, a man named Bernard Goetz is being hailed as a hero for shooting four teenagers in a subway car.
In this 1985, however, the city's brand new guardian angels wear spandex and capes, wielding their gadgets and their superpowers to clean up the City - even if their methods hurt more people than they help. There's the deluded "graffiti king" Mr. Marx patrolling the tunnels; the dark moral crusader The Puritan who stalks the shadows of the Lower East Side; and above it all, the godlike Helios, darling of the Upper East Side and the NYPD. It seems like only some of New York's residents are benefitting from these vigilantes' protection. The rest whisper the name of another hero: DMC.
You see, in this 1985, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) never rocks the mic to become one of hip-hop's most enduring icons. Instead, he dons his tracksuit and Adidas sneakers to defends the city's marginalized citizens against super villain and super hero alike, leaving no traces besides the imprint of his knuckle rings on his opponents' faces. (By day, though, he teaches junior high school English.) With the help of reporter Charlie Cooper and a band of graffiti artists led by the spunky Lak6, DMC must confront the new "heroes," and investigate whether there's anything behind their sudden appearance.
DMC, the inaugural title from Darryl Makes Comics, imagines an alternate history that blends traditional comic book storytelling with the pressures and anxieties of 1980's NYC, and explores how we got to where we are now. DMC is a superhero for those who need one most.
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meet the publishing company:
Darryl DMC McDaniels | PublisheR & STORY|
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels is a legendary musician. For more than 30 years he's been an undeniable influence on pop culture. He remains at the forefront of hip hop history. As a founding member of Run DMC, he is used to being an innovator. From being the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone to the first to appear on MTV, the Grammy nominated artist has changed music, culture, fashion and language. An Emmy Award winner for the VH1 documentary about his life changing discovery, DMC: My Adoption Journey he is the co-founder of the nonprofit, Felix Organization. DMC has been invited to the White House by President Obama to address youth groups on responsibility and he's appeared before Congress in support of adoptees and foster children. A Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee as well as a celebrated author with his novel, King of Rock; Respect, Responsibility and My Life With Run-DMC he's also a philanthropist. Even with this long lists of accomplishments and 30 million record sales later DMC is still releasing new music as he continues to create, inspire and motivate.
me-dmc.com | @TheKingDMC
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Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez | Editor In Chief |
Edgardo has been a huge comic book head ever since he was a child. His passion for art and creative energy have pushed him to carve his own niche in the world and inspired him to start two successful studios, Somos Arte and Studio Edgardo. He has worked on campaigns for notable brands Olay, Pantene, COVERGIRL, and Fruit of the Loom and nonprofits El Puente, Downtown Urban Theatre Festival and ASPIRA of New York. In the beginning of his career Edgardo was the Artistic Director of Palante Siempre Palante, part of the acclaimed PBS POV Documentary Series. The film received the Silver Apple Award from the National Media Alliance. Edgardo's hard work paid off when he got a chance to work with Marvel Entertainment curating and providing key visuals for the art exhibit Marvelous Color. The unique exhibit focused on Marvel's African-American superheros. He was also called upon to curate comic book editor and artist Joe Quesada's first solo art show, Santerians, focusing on the eponymous all-Latino super-team. He has also done the rebranding and website design for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University and Columbia's Institute for Research in African-American Studies.
somosarte.com | studioedgardo.com | @MrEdgardoNYC
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Rigo "Riggs" Morales | Senior Editor
Riggs has been a permanent fixture and a crucial element to hip hop music throughout his personal and professional life. First as a writer documenting the culture for publications; The Source, XXL, Vibe and Fader, later as a renowned music executive overseeing records to the tune of 27 million in sales. Riggs was the Music Editor at The Source magazine where he wrote and edited innovative stories while overseeing columns such as Unsigned Hype where he discovered young, rap superstars; David Banner, Kardinal Official, Juelz Santanna and most notably Grammy Award-winning rapper, Eminem. Riggs transitioned to the executive side of the music business as a producer/manager at Goliath Artists Inc. taking on A&R duties for Eminem's Shady Records. During his 12 years as Vice President of A&R at Shady Records, Riggs worked on all the label's platinum and multi-platinum releases from 50 Cent, Eminem, Obie Trice, and D12. Riggs won 2011 Grammy acknowledgment for his work on Eminem's comeback album Recovery. He is also an active member of the Grammy Committee, serving as co-advisor to the New York Urban Chapter. He's consulted for major corporations, Pepsi Inc., Sony Records, Adidas, B.E.T., and served as on-air correspondent for MTV and VH1. Currently Riggs is Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records.
IN THE NEWS:
COMIC BOOK RESOURCES
DMC OPENS UP ON SUPERHERO INSPIRATIONS, MARVEL HIP-HOP VARIANTS & MORE
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels sat between his Darryl Makes Comics compatriots Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Riggs Morales at New York Comic Con, as the trio spoke among themselves and to the gathered crowd for a panel hosted by AllHipHop.com's Chuck Creekmur. It was a reunion of sorts for the quartet, who had all attended the same panel last year, and it quickly became apparent that they had much to discuss.
COMIC BOOK RESOURCES
DMC, MIRANDA-RODRIGUEZ DEFEND MARVEL'S HIP-HOP VARIANTS, TALK STAYING "AUTHENTIC"
To call Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC, a legend would be an understatement. As a member of the pioneering hip-hop group Run-DMC, he left his mark on a genre of music in a way few before or since ever have. He's also a serious comic book fan, and in 2014 launched Darryl Makes Comics along with Editor-in-Chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Senior Editor Rigo "Riggs" Morales. Their first series, the aptly named "DMC," takes the legendary MC's hip-hop persona and gives it a decidedly super spin.
Meet Fierce Puerto Rican Teen Superhero LAK6
A new superhero is rocking the comic book scene with her fierce confidence and Puerto Rican roots. Darryl Makes Comics, co-created by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of hip hop group Run-DMC, has introduced LAK6, a 13-year-old Puerto Rican superhero, to the comic book world. The company's editor-in-chief, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, described the character as "precocious" and "very outspoken" as she takes on the streets of 1980s New York City.
Darryl Makes Comics Advanced Review: DMC #2
The second graphic novel in the DMC series is just as great as the first one, if not better! Under the skillful hands of Amy Chu and David Walker the DMC universe is getting a little bigger and better with the addition of new enemies and even a sidekick for DMC named LAK6!
DMC Returns With New Villains, Same Fresh Adidas Suit
In an intriguing change of career, Run-D.M.C.'s Darryl McDaniels transitioned from hip hop pioneer to comics publisher when he founded Darryl Makes Comics. While this might sound like an ill-considered lark, McDaniels has since made it clear that superheroes were his first love, an empowering influence that taught him much of what he knows about the world.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC branching out to graphic novels with second New York Comic Con appearance this weekend
Rapper Darryl (DMC) McDaniels grew up in Hollis, Queens, dreaming of either being the next Grandmaster Flash or the next Stan Lee. He long ago accomplished the former — selling more than 25 million records as a leader of the legendary hip-hop act Run-DMC — so now he's concentrating on the latter.
"LAK6" es la nueva súperheroina boricua de Nueva York
Abran paso, que llegó una nueva heroína que no le teme a nada y enfrenta a delincuentes tres veces más grande que ella, en honor a la justicia. ¡Ah!, y es puertorriqueña.
Q: Darryl "DMC" McDaniels
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels brings rapid-fire storytelling to studio q.
NYCC Panel Recap: Darryl "DMC" McDaniels Presents: Boom! Bap! Hip-Hop & Comics
“Welcome to the DMC Universe,” yelled Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels as his super passionate delivery kicked off one of New York Comic Con’s most insightful panels. Straight up, I feel bad for anyone that missed his presentation on Sunday. This man has been a hip-hop icon for over 30 years; very few MCs have openly worn their heart on their sleeve quite like D.M.C., and no rapper alive could outmatch his quench for comic books.
LAK6 Is First Puerto Rican Girl Superhero Who Also Happens to be a Teen
The first-ever Puerto Rican girl superhero has finally arrived in "DMC #1.5," a graphic novel from DMC Comics — or Darryl Makes Comics created by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run DMC. The announcement was made this year's New York Comic Con. "There actually isn't any other like her," says editor-in-chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez of DMC Comics.
Diversity in Geekdom: DMC's Comic Book
Growing up, Darryl McDaniels probably thought he was more likely to make a living off of drawing than to becoming a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Before he became the devastating, mic-controlling DMC of Run-DMC, McDaniels loved comic books. Superheroes taught him history and gave him confidence. Now, McDaniels and business partner Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez have launched Darryl Makes Comics, a publishing company. In this piece, they talk about their first project, called DMC.
DMC Speaks On How Comic Books Shaped His Music Career
According to Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, his early love for comic books played a vital role in his career in music. While appearing at New York Comic-Con this month, DMC spoke with Gamer's Life on how comic books helped him "become the king of rock" as a member of the iconic rap group, Run DMC.
DMC PUBLISHES 'LAK6,' A COMIC ABOUT A PUERTO RICAN TEENAGE FEMALE SUPERHERO
STOP EVERYTHING! There is a Puerto Rican teenage girl superhero, and there's absolutely nothing about her backstory that isn't AWESOME. Nuyorican superhero Lak6's story is being published by DMC Comics, or "Darryl Makes Comics" by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels.
Get An Exclusive Look at Darryl Makes Comics' DMC #2
If you've been living under a rock that doesn't have Wi-Fi, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels launched a publishing company, Darryl Makes Comics, and comic book featuring himself as a hip hop superhero last fall. Now Darryl Makes Comics is back with DMC #2, once again bringing together an incredible cadre of talent to make it happen. Today, we're unveiling the official and variant covers of DMC #2. We chopped it up with DMC and a few of the artists involved to find out how these amazing covers came together.
Meet LAK6, the Newest Latina Superhero by Darryl Makes Comics
By all appearances, Leticia Lebron is a happy-go-lucky teenager living in Chelsea. To her adopted parents, she's a loving if reclusive 13-year-old girl. But Leticia has a secret: while her parents think she's in her room, Leticia is actually roaming the streets of New York in search of evildoers to demolish.
DMC #2 and the Return of the Homage Covers
DMC #2 is headed your way. If you read the first comic featuring Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels in an alternate 80s world, you're familiar with what is being created in the comics from the Darryl Makes Comics publisher. Along with the 80s vibe and authentic street art, the issue introduced us to the characters and also featured a number of homage covers as a sort of special feature in the issue.
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Darryl "DMC" McDaniels & Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez: "Darryl Makes Comics"
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels (Founding member of Run-DMC) and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Editor in Chief, discuss their newest endeavor, DMC's own comic publishing house and an alt-history graphic novel series. In the first book, ""DMC #1"", the alternative New York City of 1985 is filled with the start of hip hop culture but also the same urban issues of the time. Vigilantes with powers come to ""clean up"" the city but unfortunately not for all. A new real hero arises that is really for the people, DMC. He is armed with super-powers of his own (and Adidas shoes) to fight injustice.