Growing up, Darryl McDaniels probably thought he was more likely to make a living off of drawing than to become a member of the Rock and roll Hall of Fame.
Before he became the devastating, mic controlling DMC of Run-DMC, Mc Daniels loved comic books. Superheroes taught him history and gave him confidence.
Now, he and his business partner Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez have launched Darryl Makes Comics, a publishing company. And their first project is the aptly named comic book, DMC.
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Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is a legendary musician. For more than 30 years he’s been an undeniable influence on pop culture. He remains at the forefront of hip hop history. As a founding member of Run DMC, he is used to being an innovator. From being the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone to the first to appear on MTV, the Grammy nominated artist has changed music, culture, fashion and language. An Emmy Award winner for the VH1 documentary about his life changing discovery, DMC: My Adoption Journey he is the co-founder of the nonprofit, Felix Organization. DMC has been invited to the White House by President Obama to address youth groups on responsibility and he’s appeared before Congress in support of adoptees and foster children. A Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee as well as a celebrated author with his novel, King of Rock; Respect, Responsibility and My Life With Run-DMC he’s also a philanthropist. Even with this long lists of accomplishments and 30 million record sales later DMC is still releasing new music as he continues to create, inspire and motivate.
Edgardo Miranda-Rodrguez is the editor-in-chief of Darryl Makes Comics. He has been a huge comic book head ever since he was a child. His passion for art and creative energy have pushed him to carve his own niche in the comic book world. His hard work paid off when he got a chance to work with Marvel Entertainment curating and providing key visuals for the art exhibit Marvelous Color. The unique exhibit focused on Marvel’s African-American superheroes. He was also called upon to curate comic book editor and artist Joe Quesada‘s first solo art show, Santerians, focusing on the eponymous all-Latino super-team. Via his own studios Somos Arte and Studio Edgardo, Edgardo provides graphic and website design for the Columbia University and has worked on campaigns for such notable brands as Olay, Pantene, COVERGIRL and Fruit of the Loom along with nonprofits El Puente, Downtown Urban Theatre Festival and ASPIRA of New York. In the beginning of his career Edgardo was the Artistic Director of Palante Siempre Palante, part of the acclaimed PBS POV Documentary Series. The film received the Silver Apple Award from the National Media Alliance.