Death Angel Comic Book Revealed
Artist Joshua Emerick, who has previously worked with THE BEATLES, CKY, SOCIAL DISTORTION and SONIC YOUTH, has created a DEATH ANGEL themed comic book in collaboration with the bands members. Other possible contributors include ROB ZOMBIE and comedian Brian Posehn, who most recently put out a stand up comedy/Metal record via Relapse Records. The following is an excerpt from an interview conducted with the renowned comic and toy oriented magazine, Wizard:
Wizard: So how much can you tell me about the DEATH ANGEL project?
Emerick: "The DEATH ANGEL project started from when I did the CKY comic book. And what happened was that Darren Miller, who was the lead singer for CKY, also had a Death Metal band and the record label he's working through let me know that DEATH ANGEL was doing a comic book. And I was like, 'Yeah! I'll do it!' cause a lot of my work to date has been a lot of rock pieces. I've done a lot of artwork for the BEATLES' magazines, for SONIC YOUTH, SOCIAL DISTORTION, I did CKY's tour shirts and their comic books."
Wizard: In the DEATH ANGEL comic, how collaborative was it? How many writers did you have working with you?
Emerick: "I brought in the writer that I grew up with. We used to make comics when we were kids and we stayed close friends and he did the CKY book for me. We did a couple things for Cartoon Network for proposals for shows. I kept him on with me when I got a new writer who came in. He's a stand up comedian and he's helping on the book as well. And Dennis Pepa, the bass player [of DEATH ANGEL], he's actually the one I've been talking to the most, though. He's the one we're forming the comic book company with."
Wizard: You mentioned bringing in a comedian. Is the comic going to be like a "Metalocalypse" thing where you're making fun of Metal while also celebrating it?
Emerick: "Pretty much, yeah. The first series has a lot to do with how music is being taken over by corporate music offices and everything. But when it comes to the one-liners and punch lines, that's where the comedian comes in and adds his flavor to it."
Wizard: So it's a struggle with the corporatization of Rock and Roll?
Emerick: "Yeah, what happens is since they're called DEATH ANGEL, we have the Angel of Death - the Grim Reaper - come in and he knocks them all off. And somehow they go to an alternate universe. It's kind of like 'Akira', based in the future where everything's a mess: a post-apocalyptic setting. And there's the main villain, Ludwig, and ironically he's death. He's the one controlling this thing called the 'Sonic Beatdown', that's one of DEATH ANGEL's new singles that they released. I guess it's the B note that he's controlling and using to take control of the world pretty much. And DEATH ANGEL is going to come in and try to make things better and help people out."
Wizard: Help people out by rocking?
Emerick: [Laughs] "Pretty much, yeah! [Laughs] They're pretty much going to get together as a team and they're gonna make the 'Sonic Beatdown' instrument turn against the leader and try to reverse everything and try to bring harmony back to the world. There's all kinds of mech robots, there's machines that are half robot, half human, half animal."
Wizard: That sounds pretty awesome!
Emerick: "Yeah, the writers did a really good job on this one. I'm really happy with it and I'm halfway done with the book now with penciling and inking. And I'm just really happy with it now."
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