At New York Comic Con 20221, Scout Comics announced that it’s partnering with Mucho Mas Media to launch the LatinX comic imprint Chispa Comics. The new imprint, helmed by veteran comics creators David Bowles, Hector Rodriguez III, and Javier Chapa, was created to explore within the global LatinX community and communities of color to find diverse creators and curate stories that are culturally relevant across various mediums of entertainment.
Their first release, Attack at Acapulco: A Black Demon Tale, puts readers in the middle of the busiest week of the season when things on the Pacific coast of Mexico are not as they seem. Written by Sebastian Martinez-Kadlecik and illustrated by Bruno Oliveira, Attack at Acapulco is rooted in the Mexican myth of the Black Demon, an ancient megalodon that lurks the seas, guarding nature at the behest of Tlaloc, the supreme Aztec god of rain, earthly fertility, and water.
Revealed this week, Josh Lucas will battle a giant shark in The Black Demon, a survival thriller from Rambo: Last Blood director Adrian Grunberg. The film was written by Boise Esquerra and is set to start principal photography in December on location in the Dominican Republic.
The film follows oilman Paul Sturges (Lucas) as he takes his family on vacation to Bahia Azul. There, the coastal town he and his wife once knew has mysteriously crumbled and the locals are nowhere to be found. Paul starts off his day with a routine visit to inspect his nearby oil rig, but before he knows it, his entire family has landed with him on the rotting metal tower. From the depths of the ocean rises a massive megalodon known only by its name: the Black Demon. Under constant threat from this primeval species of shark, Paul must find a way to get his family back to shore alive.
The Black Demon is produced by Mucho Mas’ Javier Chapa and Silk Mass’ Jon Silk, alongside R.U. Robot’s Petr Jákl. The movie is executive produced by production company Mucho Mas’ Phillip Braun, Simon Wise, Bruce Barshop, Vincent Cordero, Highland Film Group’s Delphine Perrier, Arianne Fraser, and Henry Winterstern, The Avenue’s JJ Caruth and R.U. Robot’s Martin J. Barab. The Avenue and R.U. Robot are on board for financing.