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Hip Hop Icon, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Legendary Group RUN DMC Launches Project That Will Change Pop Culture Forever!

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, a founding member of iconic rap group, RUN DMC is embarking on his next project that is aiming to change the face of pop culture forever! Combining two of his first loves, hip hop culture and comic books DMC is ready to throw his hat into the ring as an independent publisher with an original comic set to be released Fall 2013.

Already a hero to his millions of fans around the world, DMC's accomplishments read like a laundry list of musical and cultural accolades: Grammy nominated musician, multiplatinum recording artist, Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and rap/rock pioneer who's influenced music since the first time he's ever touched a mic. Adding to his long lists of firsts, DMC is teaming up with some prominent fixtures in the comic book and music world to craft the first 100% authentic, unapologetic, indie, hip hop comic book. This latest endeavor is helmed by Art Director Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Music Executive Riggs Morales.

The first book published will be the graphic novel, DMC, under the imprint, Darryl Makes Comics. Darryl "DMC" McDaniels is the Publisher, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is the Editor in Chief and Riggs Morales is the Senior Editor. The graphic novel will feature some of the comic book industry's finest talent. The writer on this book is Ronald Wimberly, writer of the critically acclaimed "Prince of Cats" on Vertigo/DC. There will also be a limited collector's edition oversized graphic novel (11" x 17") featuring cover art by legendary Marvel artist, Sal Buscema (Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk) and style master graffiti legend Carlos Mare (Style Wars).

Set in hip-hop's revolutionary era of the 80's, the first comic features DMC as a superhero fighting for justice in an alternate universe. Wild Style-inspired graffiti covers every surface of this world as the true grit of pre-Giuliani New York is captured within the pages of the graphic novel.

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is a New York based Art Director extraordinaire who owns and operates two very successful art studios, Somos Arte and Studio Edgardo. An avid comic collector, Edgardo translated his love for comic book art by curating an exhibit for Marvel's Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada's "Santerians," a project highlighting comic's first ever all-Latino super team. Riggs Morales, a music veteran, started as a as a writer for publications such as The Source, Vibe, XXL and The Fader and was crucial in introducing the world to another rap supernova, Eminem. He later became A&R executive at Shady Records, forging the superstar careers of Slaughterhouse and 50 Cent. Riggs Morales is now Vice President of A&R and Artist Development at Atlantic Records.

Edgardo and Riggs first joined forces to create the landmark exhibit "Marvelous Color" which highlighted Marvel Comics' African American super heroes during the company's 70th Anniversary. The exhibition was sponsored by Shady Records and Def Jam, which showcased the art of Wu-Tang's Wu-Massacre by renowned X-Men Artist, Chris Bachalo. After the successful exhibit they bonded with DMC over a love of comic books and art. Inspired by DMC's vision, the three immediately decided to pursue DMC's dream of becoming a comic book publisher with Darryl Makes Comics.

"I like Run DMC but I love DMC. No one ever sounded like DMC, no one ever looks like DMC. He's like a superhero." Chris Rock, Rolling Stone.

DMC #1 Available now for Pre-Orders!

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.




meet the publishing company:

Darryl DMC McDaniels | PublisheR & STORY

DMCDarryl "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.
| @TheKingDMC


Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez | Editor In Chief

DMC 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.
| | @MrEdgardoNYC


Riggo "Riggs" Morales | Senior Editor

DMC 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.


Ron Wimberly | Creative consultant

DMC A young, comic book writer with incredible talent, Ron has worked with Ecko, DKNY, Arte TV and many more! He also opened Benetton's Flagship Shinjuku store with an installation piece that was an innovative mix between performance and sequential art. He also illustrated the critically acclaimed and Eisner nominated biographic novel of and written by MF GRIMM. He was chosen personally by Ray Bradbury to write the graphic novel adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes and his own book Prince of Cats, released on Vertigo/DC Comics thoroughly impressed fans and critics.


Damion Scott | story

DMC Known throughout the world for his graffiti infused style of art and internationally recognized style, Damion has worked on several comics for both Marvel and DC. Some of the books he has worked on include Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Spiderman and Solo he is heavily involved in the art scene in Japan. He has opened his own art studio in Tokyo and started a Japanese comic, Saturday Morning Cartoons.


Sal Buscema | Cover Artist

DMC Sal is known as one of the legendary artist from the time period known at Marvel as its' Golden Age of Comic books he is affectionately known as "Our Pal Sal" in the Marvel Bullpen Bulletins. His unforgettable work on some of their biggest titles including his phenomenal penciling on The Avengers, Captin America, Incredible Hulk, Thor and Spider-Man defined the look of those characters for decades. He has even worked for DC Comics on Batman, Superman, Superboy, Creeper and Wonder Woman.


carlos mare | Cover Artist

Carlos "Mare 139" Rodriguez Carlos Mare is an internationally acclaimed sculptor/painter who is a significant figure in the post NYC Graffiti art and Hip Hop movement of the early 1980s. Leading his generation into a new realm of possibility with the advent of graffiti style sculpture he pioneered his vision and made an indelible imprint of street art that will never be forgotten. In addition to his fine art accomplishments Mare earned the prestigious Webby Award for his launch of the Hip Hop documentary "Style Wars" website, has also won the COMMARTS/Communication Arts Award, Horizon Interactive Award, and the SXSW/Southwest Interactive Award for groundbreaking, visual design, narrative and interactive components. Mare also designed and created the award for the annual BET/Black Entertainment Awards Show, the Red Bull Beat Battle Award and the SPY Award for the 30th Anniversary of the Rock Steady Crew. Mare has also worked closely with Actor/Director Robert DeNiro of the film The Good Shepherd as a documenter for the movie and a member of Mr. DeNiros's editing team.


chase conley | penciler/inker/colorist Chapter 1

DMCChase Conley
is Animation and Illustration professional Fox ADHD in Hollywood CA.  He is currently working as a Director and Lead Character Designer on Axe Cop the animated series.  His previous project was Season 1  of Black Dynamite the animated series for Adult Swim which he was also Lead Character Designer. Hip-Hop culture is the biggest influence on his work and he tries to include elements of that in every piece of art that he creates.  It's reflected in the high energy posing of his characters and composition.  "I grew up listening to Hip Hop, and I'm still a fanatic.  Bridging Hip-Hop Culture and Animation is my current goal."



DMC #1 Chapter 1 by Chase Conley


Jeff Stokely | penciler/inker Chapter 2

DMC Jeff Stokely has worked on many projects, such as BOOM! Studios' hit series SIX-GUN GORILLA, Archaia Entertainment's THE REASON FOR DRAGONS graphic novel, as well as the THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR and MOON LAKE anthologies. He also dabbles in concept art and character design, having worked on such projects as Mattel's MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE and MAX STEEL as well as card artwork for Square Enix. He currently lives in Long Beach, California where drinks far too much coffee.



DMC #1 Chapter 2 by Jeff Stokely


Felipe smith | penciler/inker/colorist Chapter 3

DMCFelipe Smith is an Ohio-born, Buenos Aires-raised Writer/Artist and graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). His comics career began in 2005 with his first 3-volume graphic novel series, MBQ. Upon its completion in 2008, he moved from Los Angeles to Tokyo, Japan to publish his second 3-volume graphic novel series, PEEPO CHOO, initially serialized by Kodansha for a Japanese audience and later released in English by Vertical Inc. After working 4 years in the Japanese market, he returned to LA in 2012 to join Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated TV series as a full time character designer.

In 2014 Marvel Comics announces him as the writer of monthly All-New Ghost Rider and creator of its protagonist, Robbie Reyes, an interesting departure from the original Ghost Rider.

DMC #1 Chapter 3 by Felipe Smith


mark+Mike DaVIs=Madtwiinz | pencilers chapter 4

DMCMark & Mike Davis, are the art duo known as The Madtwiinz.  They've worked in the worlds of animation, comic books, toy design and live action film.  Their versatility has them working alongside damn near every major studio in Hollywood.  They've worked on a wide range of animated tv shows from Boondocks and Black Dynamite to How To Train Your Dragon:Riders of Berk. The twins currently work on animated series; Major Lazer and Golan the Insatiable for Fox ADHD.  Their creator owned intellectual property, Blokhedz, has been published as a graphic novel in Germany, South America, and North America through Simon & Schuster.  Blokhedz also landed a development deal with Cartoon Network.  Whether working on animated tv shows, comics, or crafting original pieces for international pop art shows, the twins' styles are constantly evolving while they continue to create content across numerous media platforms.

DMC #1 Chapter 4 by Mark & Mike Davis the Mad Twinz


shawn crytal | penciler Chapter 5

DMCShawn Crystal dropped into this world with a Spider-man T-Shirt and a pencil in his hand. He spent his childhood drawing dinosaurs and super heroes, engaged in EPIC battles. The only breaks he took were the afternoons spent skateboarding while listening to hardcore and early hip hop. He went on to study art at Towson University, where he met his future wife, Stephanie. From there, they moved to Savannah, where he worked towards an MFA in Sequential Art. Shawn is Currently working for several comic book publishers while previously running The Sequential Art Dept. at SCAD Atlanta. He lives with his wonderful wife (Stephanie), and two beautiful children (Zac and Zoe) , who frequently wonder, who is this man running around the house in nothing but a Spider man T-Shirt with a pencil in his hand, drawing Dinosaurs and Marvel Super Heroes while listening to hip hop. He is also the host of Inkpulp Audio, an interview podcast about the creative life. It can be found on itunes. He is especially excited to be drawing the highly anticipated Batman series Arkham Manor written by Gerry Duggan.

DMC #1 Chapter 5 by Shawn Crystal


Chris Sotomayor | Colorist cover & CHapters 2-5

Christopher Sotomayor Chris is easily one of the most active color artist working in comics today. With a 16 year career spanning every major publishing company in the comic book industry (Marvel Comics, DC Entertainment, Image Comics, Boom!, IDW Publishing). Through his art studio, SotoColor he provides packaging artwork for Hasbro, Mattel and custom illustration services for various corporations. He also teaches on line art class where he's trained many award nominated artists.


Deron Bennett | Letterer

Deron Bennett Deron is an Eisner Award nominated letterer who received his B.F.A. from SCAD in 2002 and became a letterer and production artist with Tokyopop. His body of work includes the critically acclaimed Jim Henson's Tale of Sand, The Dark Crystal, The Muppet Show Comic Book, Darkwing Duck and Richie Rich.


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