Like many of the great rappers—and he is one of the old skool greats—Darryl “DMC” McDaniels grew up a big comics nerd. So after meeting up with a fellow comics loving music exec, McDaniel decided to get involved with his own “Darryl Makes Comics”, which will release a graphic novel called DMC in the fall. Artistic collaborators include Damion Scott, Dexter Vines, and…Sal Buscema.
DMC: That’s the most crazy thing EVER! The whole thing that happened with me is when Hip-Hop came over the bridge from the Bronx to this suburban lower middle-class Catholic school kid, I put all my comic book dreams on hold to pursue this new culture of music and poetry. Me and my brother Alfred, we had an extensive collection of comic books and Sal Buscema was the backdrop of my whole childhood. But me and my brother sold the majority of our comic book collection to buy turntables and a mixer because this Hip-Hop thing was so overpowering. But all of these artists who worked for Marvel (e.g. Damion Scott) have drawn some of my favorite superheroes. And [as far] as Sal Buscema it’s like, “How the hell do I get a chance to work with God?” It’s crazy how things go full-circle. To be able to work with legends who have participated and fought on that front-line of comic book creativity is an honor to me. It’s a blessing, a dream come true. True be told, I feel like a twelve year-old kid again.
There’s also a Kickstarter going, which doesn’t look like it’s going to make it—$100K is a bit much for a nerdlebrity graphic novel. Shoulda started out lower because—it’s like that.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.