DMC_CharacterDesign02After the world tragically lost visionary Run-DMC member Jason ”Jam Master Jay” Mizell in 2002, founding member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels swore, out of respect to Mizell, that he’d never make new music. But DMC remains committed to the pursuit of social justice through the arts, and has ventured into (or rather returned to; turns out this king of cool has always been a bit of geek!)  the world of comics with his new indie imprint Darryl Makes Comics. 

Fittingly, the first project from the imprint will be a graphic novel set during the height of hip hop glory in 1980’s New York, titled DMC. That’s right, DMC. The story will kick off with an alternate universe version of DMC himself, a universe where DMC never became a rapper, but instead fought for justice as a superhero. But DMC is only the first hero the comic will introduce, the comic promises an exciting cadre of diverse heroes who’ll bust up the typical hero paradigm, add a little color to the comics world, and switch up the style we’re used to. You can see for yourself in the preview of DMC #0 over at EW.

Featuring veteran talent like Damion Scott, Dexter Vines, Ronald Wimberly, and Chris Sotomayor, the imprint promises diversity both in its pages and behind them. In an interview with Jay Deitcher over at UnleashTheFanboy, DMC got real about his geeky roots…

“For me, before hip hop came over the bridge from the Bronx to change my life… It was comic books.”

about why geeks rock so hard

“The reason why this world has everything that is cool and influential is because of geeks…The geeks create everything.”

and why the “King of Rock” is bringing all his cool to the comics world

“People seem to forget that hip hop was always so evolutionary, and revolutionary.…whether it was a record, whether it was a graffiti, whether it was spoken word, whether it was a break dance, it represented those conditions that are continually the things that we fight for…The comic book is going to have the consciousness of what hip hop… is economically, politically, and socially relevant, if that’s the word.”

DMC #0 was offered exclusively at NYCC earlier this month, but you can nab the whole first graphic novel when it drops in January 2014. In the meantime, satiate your taste for geeky-cool with this throwback…