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!
BY ETHAN SACKS
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 dmc-comics.com
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