September 20, 2010: Released in 2009, and already a cult smash, Black Dynamite is about to receive the comic book treatment from the folks at Ars Nova and Ape Entertainment. Set to appear in the one-shot, Black Dynamite: Slave Island, everyone’s favorite blaxploitation sensation will bring his kung-fu skills to the sequential page as he seeks to put an end to a mysterious island… where slavery still exists.
“Fans of the film will feel right at home with the comic,” states Ape Entertainment founder and co-publisher Brent E. Erwin. “It has all of the elements that made the movie a cultural phenomenon, and Black Dynamite himself is still as much of a bad dude on the page as he is on the screen.”
Directed by Scott Sanders, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and stars Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite, a gun-toting, nunchuck-wielding, ladies man willing to fight all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House.
“Although written for film, Black Dynamite was always meant to move beyond the camera,” continues Sanders. “As a medium, comic books seemed like such a logical step in Black Dynamite’s development as a character, and what better way to start than having him bring down the infamous Slave Island.”
Black Dynamite: Slave Island is based on a story by Michael Jai White, Byron Minns and Scott Sanders. Written by Brian Ash with pencils by Jun Lofamia, the 48-page one-shot is due in stores in early 2011.
As part of Ape Entertainment’s New York Comic Con festivities, the company will be holding a screening of Black Dynamite at the convention center on Saturday October 9th from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. A question and answer session will precede the screening and will feature Sanders, Black Dynamite composer/editor Adrian “AJ” Younge, and Wax Poetics Editor and founder Andre Torres. The Q&A will also feature a first look at clips from the upcoming Black Dynamite: The Animated Series on [adult swim]. All attendees will receive a limited edition copy of a Black Dynamite: Slave Island preview book featuring a cover by Ed Laroche.
Founded in 2003, Ape Entertainment is the brainchild of lifelong comic book devotees David Hedgecock, and Brent E Erwin. Home to such popular titles as GO-GO GORILLA AND THE JUNGLE CREW, SUPERHUMAN RESOURCES, BLACK COAT, ATHENA VOLTAIRE, and WHITE PICKET FENCES, it is also publisher of the smash hit POCKET GOD, as well as comic books for DreamWorks Animation licensed properties SHREK, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, MEGAMIND, and KUNG FU PANDA.
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