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Ice-T, Arabian Prince, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Treach, and Z2 Comics Unite for New Gangster Graphic Novel, Death for Hire: The Origin of Tehk City

Z2 Comics has announced Death for Hire: The Origin of Tehk City, a new hard-crime graphic novel prelude to a massive IP universe that will span animation, music, toys, NFTs, and beyond. Created by iconic musician and actor Ice-T, founding NWA member Arabian Prince, and Award-Winning artist Tommy The Animator, the graphic novel introduces a brutal ensemble of pushers and murderers in a world where the line between anti-hero and arch-villain blurs quickly. Death for Hire: The Origin of Tehk City is edited by Z2’s Rantz Hoseley, with Josh Bernstein of Z2 Comics and Shannon Eric Denton of Monster Forge Productions serving as executive producers. 

Within these pages, crooked Mayor Chuck Davis (Ice-T), his deadly female assassin Rhonda Knuckles (Coco), and right-hand-man Maniac Max (Treach) navigate the savage law of the street. With his hands busy in everything from money laundering to hired hits, Davis tries to stay one step ahead of the competition in the Round Table Gang—Benny Tang (Ben Baller), Azul Michoacan (Emilio Rivera), and Vinny “Pipes” Roselli (Jeffrey Peterson)—who have controlled the black market undercurrent of Tehk City for years. But information comes at a price, especially when purchased from Pretty Black (Snoop Dogg), whose black market network feeds him intelligence from the furthest reaches of Tehk City. Davis and his crew will soon learn that grabbing power from the top dog can take you sky high or drag you to the grave. 

A murderer’s row of rap luminaries and pop culture icons will serve as the likeness and voices within the upcoming Tehk City animated series. In addition to iconic producer Dr. Dre providing an original score for the animated series, each rap artist will write and perform a custom theme for their character. The following talent will be involved and voice a character in the animated series:  

  • Ice-T as Mayor Chuck Davis
  • Coco as Rhonda Knuckles
  • Snoop Dogg as Pretty Black
  • Tracy Morgan as Thirsty Mike
  • Busta Rhymes as Killa Whale
  • Mike Epps as Louiie
  • Treach as Maniac Maxx
  • Arabian Prince as Kenyatta Prince 
  • Peter Scanavino as Slimm Roselli 
  • Roxanne Shanté as Officer Petty
  • Ben Baller as Benny Tang
  • Styles P as Barkim
  • Tone Trump as Bones
  • Emilio Rivera as Azul Michoacan
  • Tommy The Animator as Tommy Chrome
  • Shannon Eric Denton as Dropout

Death for Hire: The Origin of Tehk City is created by Ice-TArabian Prince, and Tommy The Animator, with a script by Gary Phillips and illustrations by Montos.

Death for Hire: The Origin of Tehk City will be available in standard hardcover and deluxe hardcover editions. The deluxe hardcover will come with movie poster art prints and collector’s cards. Oversized platinum editions will come signed by Ice-TArabian Prince, and Tommy the Animator and come with an elegant slipcase, classic movie poster-style art prints, collector card packs, an ultra-rare Mayor Chuck Davis foil card, and the first-ever Tehk City NFT collection featuring a Chuck Davis NFT. Death for Hire: The Origin of Tehk City will release in summer 2023

Review: The Be-Bop Barbarians

The Be-Bop Barbarians is a graphic novel set in the late 1950s – with jazz, the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, and the Red Scare. Three African American cartoonists’ stories weave together through tragedy and perseverance.

The Be-Bop Barbarians is by Gary Phillips, Dale Berry, J. Brown, and Justin Birch.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on February 26! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
TFAW

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DC Entertainments Gets a New Line of Novels Courtesy of Titan Books

Titan Books has announced a brand new collaboration project with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment, to produce a high-end range of inspired novels and novelizations featuring some of DC’s most popular concepts and characters: Harley Quinn, The Joker, Batman, and The Court of Owls.

The releases kick off on September 25, 2018 with Batman: The Killing Joke by Christa Faust and Gary Phillips, the novelization of the famous Alan Moore and Brian Bolland graphic novel which explores the nature of Batman’s conflict with his most infamous nemesis: The Joker. Originally published in 1988 The Killing Joke continues to be one of the most talked about graphic novels released by an American-publisher, and now to mark the anniversary of its 30th year. The official novelization will explore ,expand, and adapt this classic story once again, bringing new insight for both fans of the original comic and those discovering this story for the first time.

Batman: The Killing Joke will be followed by Batman: The Court of Owls by Greg Cox on November 13th 2018. The original novel pits Gotham City’s greatest detective against a secret society of the wealthy elite that has controlled the city for centuries through influence, money and murder. Originally created by Scott Snyder, the Court of Owls are an intriguing and deadly organization who employ the force of assassins known as Talons. When a series of murders in the modern day pits them against the Dark Knight, he seeks to end their reign of terror before it claims even more victims.

Finally, Titan Books and DC will be publishing the first original novel to feature one of the franchise’s mosnotable fan favorites. Harley Quinn: Mad Love by Hugo award-winning author Pat Cadigan will release on February 12th 2019 and offers an expansion of the Harley Quinn storyline. The book is fully outlined by Paul Dini exclusively for the novel, who first created the character alongside Bruce Timm for 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series. It’s inspired by the 1994 Eisner Award-winning comic Mad Love by Dini and Timm, this brand new novel will reveal new secrets of the iconic Harley Quinn as she even now seeks to kill Batman.

The DC Novels will all publish in beautiful hardback editions featuring cover designs by Titan Books’ Natasha Mackenzie. The books are being created with a focus on being a perfect jumping on point for those looking to discover this world as well as long time fans.

Review: Vigilante Southland

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the complete Vigilante Southland!

Vigilante Southland collects the entire series by Gary Phillips, Elena Casagrande, and Giulia Brusco.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores January 30th. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Preview: Peepland TPB

PEEPLAND TPB

Writers: Christa Faust, Gary Phillips
Artist: Andrea Camerini
​Publisher: Titan Comics​
Trade Paperback – 128pp – $19.99
On sale​ in comic stores​: ​July 5, 2017
​On sale in book stores: August 1, 2017​
ISBN: 9781785851193

​FOR MATURE AUDIENCES!

Time Square, 1986: the home of New York’s red light district where strip clubs, porno theaters and petty crimes prevail. For peepshow worker Roxy Bell, it’s just another day at the office. But when a chance encounter with a public-access pornographer unearths a damning political conspiracy, the erotic performer and her punk rock ex-partner soon find themselves under fire from criminals, crooked cops and the city elite, as the two begin to untangle a complex web of deception leading right to City Hall!

From crime fiction stalwarts Christa Faust and Garry Phillips comes this gritty neo-noir tale of sex, crime and corruption in the Big Apple. Like the Named City, there are eight million stories in The Deuce. This is one you’ll never forget.

Preview: Peepland #5

HARD CASE CRIME PEEPLAND #5

Writers: Christa Faust, Gary Phillips
Artist: Andrea Camerini
Cover A: Elias Chatzoudis
Cover B: Ben Oliver
Cover C: Will Conrad
FC – 32pp – $3.99
On sale: March 29

FINAL ISSUE!

With the cops closing in on Roxy’s whereabouts and the New Years ball about to drop, it’s looking to be a climatic December 31st in Times Square! Get ready for the thrilling conclusion to this gritty 80s crime yarn!

Preview: Peepland #4

PEEPLAND #4

Writers: Christa Faust, Gary Phillips
Artist: Andrea Camerini
Cover A: Tomm Coker
Cover B: Caitlin Yarsky
Cover C: Brandon Arseneault
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: February 15

With the cops closing in on Roxy’s whereabouts and the New Years ball about to drop, it’s looking to be a climatic December 31st in Times Square!

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Preview: Peepland #3

PEEPLAND #3

Writers: Christa Faust, Gary Phillips
Artist: Andrea Camerini
Cover A: Steve Scott
Cover B: Ben Oliver
Cover C: Julia Frost
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: January 18

With the Central Park killer still at large, Roxy and Nick try to let some steam off at an impromptu punk show at CBGBs. But across town, it looks like their only piece of evidence is about to fall into the wrong hands…

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Preview: Peepland #2

PEEPLAND #2

Writers: Christa Faust & Gary Phillips
Artist: Andrea Camerini
COVER A – Chris Wahl
COVER B – Will Conrad
COVER C – Alex Shibao
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: November 30

With the evidence in hand, Nick and Roxy begin piece together movements of the Central Park slayer, but the NYC police department have another suspect in mind.  Meanwhile, the real killer steps up the search for the missing videotape.

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Preview: Vigilante: Southland #2

Vigilante: Southland #2

(W) Gary Phillips (A) Elena Casagrande (CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Nov 23, 2016
SRP: $3.99

Donny has lost everything-his girlfriend, his home, and nearly his life-but the men who did this to him have also woken him up. To put it all back together, Donny will need to tear apart the conspiracy that rocked his world. And for that, he’ll need help. Namely, the retired Los Angeles vigilante known as the Eastsider is going to teach Donny a thing or two about putting on a mask and kicking some butt.

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