Amsterdam News: A hero like me—Darryl “DMC” McDaniel

by Jasmine T. Murray

Whereas some children look for leaders on television and media, others in the New York City area are looking towards their communities. On June 22, 2016, at NYC Lab High School for Collaborative Studies in Manhattan, the NYC Department of Youth and Communities Development and well-known hip-hop enthusiast and publisher and founder of Darryl Makes Comics, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, came together to present the “DYCD Heroes Project” comic showcase. More than 100 middle school children from 25 DYCD-funded after-school programs and community centers were invited to the event to showcase original comic books with their unique heroes. For the project, Darryl Makes Comics and the Comics Book Project teamed up to encourage young students in NYC to appreciate local heroes in their communities.

Filled with dozens of middle school students, the NYC Lab High School cafeteria erupted with loud noise and laughter as the students anticipated the fun-filled event.

Darryl Rattray, associate commissioner of Community Centers and Strategic Partnerships for the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, had time to talk about the beginnings of the comics program.

“We’re always looking for ways to enhance the work that our nonprofits do,” Rattray stated. “This was a perfect intersection of events. One, we were trying to figure out what do around art. Two, we knew we wanted to do something around comic books. And three, one of our associates ran into DMC and in a meeting we were like, ‘Wow, let’s pull all three together and come up with this comic book project — DYCD Heroes.”

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Harlem World Pick: Harlem Fave Darryl “DMC” McDaniels Gets Comical

Posted on 06/21/2016 by Harlem World Magazine

On June 22, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) will hold the “DYCD Heroes Project” comic book showcase with hip-hop legend and Darryl Makes Comics Publisher and Founder Darryl “DMC” McDaniels.

The winning teams selected in April to work with professional comic book artists from Darryl Makes Comics will dress up as their favorite superheroes and display their professionally printed comic book featuring their original characters and stories. At the event, middle schoolers from 25 DYCD-funded afterschool programs and community centers who took part in the initiative will also showcase their original work.

In collaboration with Darryl Makes Comics and The Comic Book Project, the literacy-focused comic book initiative challenges middle school students in all five boroughs to develop stories about heroes—real or imagined—in their own communities.

Hip-Hop Legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
More than 100 middle school participants
Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Editor-in-Chief of Darryl Makes Comics
Michael Bitz, Founder of The Comic Book Project
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Hudson Guild Beacon Center, NYC Lab High School for Collaborative Studies, 333 W. 17th Street, New York NY 10011,

Photo credit: WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT- January 8, 2011: Hip-Hop icon Darryl McDaniels a.k.a. D.M.C. formerly of the legendary rap group Run-DMC photographed on the motion picture set of Hard Luck. (Photo by Robert Falcetti)

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Amsterdam News:DYCD hosts Heroes Project

April 27 the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development held its first comic book creation initiative for middle school students all across New York City in a special collaboration with Darryl Makes Comics and The Comic Book Project.

Held at the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, the DYCD Heroes Project offered students a chance to showcase their creativity by displaying their comic book manuscripts and artwork that they have been working on in after-school programs funded by the DYCD.

With 25 teams in attendance, judges made their way around and decided upon three winning teams that will go on to work with professional comic book artists and display their finished products at a Kids Comic Con in June.

Judges included hip-hop legend and Darryl Makes Comics publisher and founder Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, his editor in chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Michael Bitz, founder of The Comic Book Project.

Bitz believes that the event is an “opportunity for kids to develop their writing skills, communication skills and also be creative.”

Mostly known as a hip-hop pioneer in the music industry, McDaniels said he wrote and drew comics growing up as a kid. Although he says it was seen as a nerdy thing to do, he credits those moments for building his confidence and exploring his other creative abilities.

“The arts are the key to all of our children,” said McDaniels. “We want to use the arts to spark and encourage the child’s creativity so that it leads to them being not ashamed to be educated and to learn.”

The comic book initiative strives to enhance literacy skills and communication skills among New York City middle school students by allowing them to use their imagination to write and create stories of all kinds.

“The best learning is experiential learning,” said DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong. “So when doing their comic books, they’re learning how to write, draw and how to present their storyline.”

Jalen Scott, 11, of P.S. 171 in Queens said the best part of the event was coming together and working as a team with his classmates.

Maisha and Sumaiya of the Young Women’s Leadership School in Queens displayed their manuscript of a young woman defeating the depression-themed villain in her life. They were excited to see the comic books of other students, but they stated, “We’re excited for everyone to see the hard work we put in, too.”

The winners of the DYCD Heroes Project included Kyrabel Collado and Ivette Rodriguez of Girls Incorporated of New York City–The Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx; Kylie Macana, Gianna Then, Isamar Brito and Makayla Serrett of NYCID Staten Island School of Civic Leadership; and Annie Mendez of Grand Street Settlement–Bushwick Cornerstone.

“If you give these kids an opportunity they don’t want to just do well, they want to excel,” said McDaniels. “We need to celebrate their creativity and that will lead them down other paths.”


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Drawing on the dynamic

Drawing on the dynamic

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen

There were icons and comics – but thankfully, no con.
Students from afterschool and community center programs funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) have been working since March on their own original comic book concepts under the DYCD Heroes Project, a comic creation initiative that challenges middle schoolers to develop stories about superheroes, real or imagined.
On Wed., Apr. 27th, more than 150 youths gathered at the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center in Manhattan to have their manuscripts reviewed by legendary hip hop artist Darryl McDaniels, who now runs his own comic book company.
Three winning teams were selected to have their concepts turned into professionally printed comic books by McDaniels’ company.
The winning schools were Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx, Staten Island School of Civic Leadership and Grand Street School of Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Best known for his work with rap group Run D.M.C., the Harlem-born McDaniels was always obsessed with comic books, which he said helped him do well in school.
“Because I loved comic books, I was always reading,” McDaniels said. “In school I learned about World War II, but I read Captain America and it would take me there. When it came to stuff like science and history, when it was test time I would ace it.”
A manuscript submission.
A manuscript submission.
McDaniels started his own publishing imprint, Darryl Makes Comics, in 2013. The company has released two full-length novels with a third one in the works.
Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, a visionary artist and comic aficionado, was tapped as the company’s editor-in-chief.
A Bronx native with a background as a community organizer and activist, Miranda- Rodríguez brought his own ideas to the partnership with DYCD.
“I immediately saw this as an opportunity that would give young people a forum not only to create but to actually share their work,” explained Miranda- Rodríguez, who said it was important for him to publish the work of the winning entries.
“I wanted these children to see their ideas formed into something polished and professional, so they can say ‘My gosh, that was my idea,’” he remarked. “When other kids see it, they’ll want to be a part of the program too.”
Student manuscripts for the DYCD Heroes Project were developed as part of an afterschool curriculum created by the Comic Book Project, a 15-week course that develops reading, writing and art skills by having students create their own comic books.

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HuffingtonPost: Meet Fierce Puerto Rican Teen Superhero LAK6

Voices Staff Writer, The Huffington Post

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.

The comic book series introduces LAK6, whose real name is Leticia Lebron, as a middle school student who helps a journalist interested in learning more about the series’ vigilante DMC, based on McDaniels. Miranda-Rodriguez explained that her superhero alter ego is developed more throughout the series and that her character wasn’t created simply in the interest of diversity, given that strong female characters were part of the series from the beginning.

“Genuinely we looked at who we already had and we wanted to introduce a new character,” Miranda-Rodriguez told The Huffington Post. “We were like, ‘Well we already have these powerful characters in our books.’ Yeah, they’re women, but it’s not because they’re women that we made them into heroes. It just so happened to be that the characters in our series were already strong women.”


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(New York City, NY October 8, 2015) Fearless, forward-thinking and filling a creative void just like he did as an inspiring, groundbreaking hip hop pioneer – Darryl DMC McDaniels now wields a one-of-a-kind superhero in his arsenal, marking his one year anniversary to the comic book publishing world this month with DMC #2! The charismatic icon makes good on his promise to expand the Darryl Makes Comics universe with the imprint’s second full length graphic novel, an irreverent, positively-penned street-powered comic punch that flaunts a new breed of superhero for those that need them most.

In DMC #2 you’ll meet more heroes like LAK6, Sifu Horas and The Breaks! who ride the crest of the b-boy hero movement and bravely take on the status quo. The first graphic novel, DMC #1, garnered critical praise inside and outside the comic book realm. Set in an alternate ‘80s world inspired by the revolutionary force of hip hop, the inaugural issue debuted to rave reviews at the 2014 NYC Comic Con.

Citing comic books as a childhood passion of his even before he launched his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hip hop career, DMC created Darryl Makes Comics in 2013 with his Editor in Chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Senior Editor Riggs Morales, and longtime manager Eric Blam. The passionate quartet enlisted a globe-spanning team of artists and contributors to launch the Darryl Makes Comics franchise, and feature a collection of special homage covers in celebration of DMC #2, just as they as did with the kickoff issue. The homage covers capture the graphic novel’s striking iconography and pay tribute to the comic book history DMC grew up with as a child.

DMC #2 will be prominently represented at the industry’s most highly anticipated conventions, including the 2015 NYC Comic Con October 8 – 11, Stan Lee’s Comickaze, in LA October 30-November 1, and at the UK’s Thought Bubble Festival, November 9 – 15.

For more information on Darryl McDaniels or Darryl Makes Comics (DMC) please contact:
Tracey Miller/ TMA/ 609-383-2323,


Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is the groundbreaking pioneer, icon, and founding member of the legendary rap group RUN- DMC. 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, Emmy winning life story, multiplatinum recording artist, 2009 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and rap/rock pioneer who influenced music the first time he touched a mic. DMC brought his love for comics full circle with the creation of his very own independent publishing house called Darryl Makes Comics in 2013. In 2014 the Darryl Makes Comics team released their first graphic novel, DMC #1 to global praise and critical acclaim.

Daily News: Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC branching out to graphic novels with second New York Comic Con appearance this weekend 

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels talks with Ethan Sacks at the NY Daily News about Darryl Makes Comics and the release of his second graphic novel DMC#2!


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.

The 51-year-old rap legend is heading to his second straight New York Comic Con this weekend with nothing less than industry domination in mind for his fledgling comic company, Darryl Makes Comics.

“I want to leave a legacy that inspires my young hip hop people,” McDaniels, the DMC publisher, told the Daily News. “The whole thing with the DMC universe is to introduce characters and entities and stories and ideas that will rival ‘Star Wars.’”

Now two graphic novels into his partnership with editor in chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and former Shady Records A&R executive Rigo Morales, DMC envisions eventually spawning a superhero universe like that of Marvel or DC.

He’ll be selling copies of his new graphic novel, “DMC #2,” at the Javits Center on Friday and Saturday in the Artist’s Alley section.

“DMC” is set in an alternate 1980s New York City where the rapper is a costumed vigilante.

The key for the real DMC was setting his superhero universe in a time he considers a golden age for New York.

“We live in an ignorant, disrespectful time,” says McDaniels. “Everything about the ’80s — the music, the fashion, the look, the vibe, the sounds (were all better). Old school isn’t just a time period, it’s a consciousness.”

“Action Comics” writer Greg Pak, a big name in the business, fell in love with that consciousness when he read “DMC #1.”

“I was pulled in a New York City of DMC’s imagination. It was just a beautiful place to hang out,” says Pak, who ended up being recruited as a script supervisor for the second book.

McDaniels has been captivated by comics long before Joseph (Run) Simmons convinced him to start rapping. Once a bespectacled kid who was picked on in Catholic school, he has his own secret origin story.

As a kid, he used to wear his blue blanket as a cape, held together by a safety pin, as he jumped around pretending to be Batman until his mother yelled at him to get off her couch.

“For me, hip hop was make believe,” he adds. “It did the same thing that comics did — made me pretend I was a superhero.”

“DMC” #2 will be available at his Comic-Con booth over the weekend for $20. For info, visit

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Would Darryl McDaniels Play Himself In The Movie Of His Run-DMC Superhero Comic?


Around this time last year we talked about DMC, a comic by Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels, Damion Scott and Ronald Wimberly, starring Darryl in an alternate universe story in which he became a superhero character, DMC, while simultaneously teaching English in high school.

Courtesy of Tracking Board, the comic is now in development with TriStar is in development for a film. McDaniels will produce, with Malcolm Gray and Nicole Brown producing for the studio.

Released in October of 2014, the graphic novel is set the New York City of 1985, in which graffiti covers subway cars as b-boys break and spin in playgrounds and on street corners. Drugs and crime rule the streets, though a handful of superheroes in spandex and capes wield their gadgets and superpowers to “clean up” the city–but only for the benefit of a select few. The ‘graffiti king’ Mr. Marx roams the subway tunnels, moral crusader The Puritan watches over the Lower East Side, while the Upper East Side’s Helios.

But 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.

We’re hearing that the film is being pitched as Kickass in tone, imaging “an alternate history that blends traditional comic book storytelling with the pressures and anxieties of 1980’s New York–exploring how we got to where we are now.” The story will explore DMC’s transition from rapper into superhero.

Whether Darryl will play himself has not been stated. DMC #2 should be out for New York Comic Con…


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DMC was in the Hamptons this weekend

DMC was in the Hamptons this weekend at Book Hampton signing copies of his graphic novel published by his own Darryl Makes Comics !


Darryl McDaniels, better known as D.M.C. of the hip hop group Run-D.M.C., appeared at East Hampton bookstore BookHampton on Saturday to sign copies of his graphic novel DMC #1.

McDaniels founded his own comic book publishing imprint, Darryl Makes Comics, in 2014. DMC #1is set in 2015 and the protagonist is a superhero named DMC whose costume resembles McDaniels’ look in the ’80s.

McDaniels, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, was also in town over the weekend to perform at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett for the Uniphi Good East End Music & Arts Festival.


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Special Edition NYC: DMC on the ‘80s, Hypocrisy and Being the Baddest Superhero

By Robert Tutton

Long before DMC unlaced his shell-tops and told us how to walk, before the King of Rock crowned himself with a black fedora and certainly before he became a music icon as one third of Run DMC, young Darryl McDaniels was reading comic books. He may be a hip-hop legend, but before he ever wrote a rhyme he was drawing superheroes.

It’s fitting then that DMC is now himself a superhero in the pages of Darryl Makes Comics, the indie publisher he launched over a year ago. The comics present a variation of a world we know well—the familiar aesthetic of New York City in the 1980s, chock full of tracksuited b-boys and subway cars splashed to life with wildstyle graffiti. The hero DMC stands as a sort of sentinel of the forgotten, defending the marginalized as much from crooks as from their supposed protectors.

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von Moya Lothian-McLean

2009 hat 50 Cent zusammen mit Autor Robert Greene The 50th Law veröffentlicht—einen semi-autobiografischen New York Times-Bestseller, der zu einer Abhandlung darüber wurde, wie man es im Business schafft oder beim Versuch vor die Hunde geht. Obwohl das Buch zweifellos erfolgreich war, sorgte es drei Jahre später dann doch für einige hochgezogene Augenbrauen, als sich Fiddy und Co dazu entschieden, es in illustrierter Form noch einmal neu zu veröffentlichen: als Comicbuch. Obwohl es im Original-Roman schon einige Anspielungen an die Fantastischen Vier gab [die Comic-Figuren natürlich!], misslang die Übertragung in das gezeichnete Format. Die daraus entstandene Graphic Novel wirkte einfach nur billig und holprig. Mit Dialogzeilen wie, „Ich könnte dem allem entfliehen, indem ich Drogen nehme. Aber wenn du einmal damit anfängst, gibt es kein zurück mehr“, hatte es dann doch mehr von einer Aufklärungsbroschüre für Teenager.

Natürlich sollte man sich nicht zu sehr daran stören, dass 50 Cent einen schlechten Comic veröffentlicht hat.  Aber es hatte einfach was von einer ärgerlichen und effekthascherischen Fußnote in einer ansonsten prestigeträchtigen und langen Reihe zentraler Figuren der HipHop-Welt, die versuchen, ihre beiden größten Leidenschaften zu vereinen. Vom Wu-Tang Clan bis hin zu—fast all deine Lieblingsrapper, -produzenten und B-Boy-Koryphäen sind verrückt nach Comicbüchern.

Die facettenreiche, monströse Geschichte des HipHop wurde schon auf viele Arten dokumentiert: in zahlreichen Dokumentationen von Style Wars bis Something From Nothing, endlosen Artikeln und Büchern, in denen die verschiedenen Stränge der HipHop-Kultur beschrieben und seziert werden, und Unmengen von Artwork, das sich mit den Ursprüngen der ganzen Sache auseinandersetzt. Aber trotz der intensiven Recherche und der geradezu akademischen Auseinandersetzung übersehen diejenigen, die Geschichte des HipHop erzählen, oft die farbenfrohen Universen, die die Fantasie der ersten B-Boy-Pioniere formten: die Comicbücher, die sie als Kinder gelesen haben.

In Wahrheit wurden nämlich viele von ihnen durch diese Bücher kreativ geprägt—die angespitzten Bleistifte der Illustratoren beeinflussten sie nicht weniger als die zahllosen Dekonstruktionen des Amen Breaks. Und trotzdem bleibt auch 2015 das ungeheure Vermächtnis der Graphic Novels, das tief mit der Entwicklung des modernen HipHops verbunden ist, dem Mainstream größtenteils verborgen. Für diesen stellen Comics oftmals nicht mehr als eine von Hollywood-Regisseuren mit großen Budgets und wenigen Ideen ausgebeutete Kultur-Domäne dar.


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