Boom Boom Pow! Are the members of Black Eyed Peas getting ready to join the cast of “The Walking Dead?”
You might think so after learning the Peas’ will be at Comic-Con in San Diego this week to celebrate their new project, “Masters of the Sun - The Zombie Chronicles.”
But names can be misleading. “The Zombie Chronicles,” in this case, refers to the Peas’ first graphic novel. It is being published by Marvel Entertainment.
Does the novel riff on the multimillion-selling Los Angeles band’s biggest hits? Will you get goosebumps reading about “My Toxic Humps,” or from learning limb-ripping ways to “Rock That Radioactive Body?”
According to a “Masters of the Sun - The Zombie Chronicles” press release issued Monday:
“The saga begins with the city of Los Angeles under attack by aliens, while humans are morphing into zombies. The main character, Zulu-X, who also has a penchant for hip-hop, is thrust into the middle of the action-packed adventure, fighting a nefarious ancient order with the combination of wisdom and street smarts. Blending music with comics.”
It appears that Peas’ mastermind will.i.am is the driving force behind the graphic novel. The fictionalized story plot “draws upon will.i.am’s personal story, and embodies real-life social allegories that include L.A. gangs, hip-hop and street dance culture.”
He collaborated on the novel with the Peas’ two other co-founding members, Taboo and Apl.De.Apl, as well as with Benjamin Jackendoff and visual artist Damion Scott. Fergie - who is currently on hiatus from the Peas to focus on her solo career - is not featured in the novel, whose story-line pre-dates her joining the group.
The Peas are scheduled to be at Comic-Con Friday for a 1:30 p.m. interview, followed by a 2 p.m. signing at the Marvel Comics booth No. 2329.
On Saturday, the Peas will be part of a 3 p.m. book discussion, hosted by Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso at Comic-Con, followed by a 6:30 p.m. panel at VR Con at the adjacent Omni Hotel.
Marvel has been targeting hip-hop fans in a big way of late.
In a March interview with Billboard, Alonzo said: “Few artists have done more to embed hip-hop in popular culture than will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas. So we are thrilled to present this deeply personal story that speaks directly to hip-hop aficionados, comic book fans and the intersection of those communities.”
Intriguingly, the Peas do not appear to be part of the 6:30 p.m. Friday Comic-Con panel “Hip-Hop and Comics: Culture Combining.”
Meanwhile, chart-topping hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd - of “Black Beatles” fame - has announced it is collaborating with Valiant for “SHADOWMAN/RAE SREMMURD #1.”
Due in October, the comic book focuses on a duel in New Orleans between Shadowman and Rae Sremmurd. The hip-hop duo teams Los Angeles-born brothers Swae Lee (real name: Khalif Malikibnsham Brown, 25) and Slim Jxmmi (real name: Aaquil Ibinshaman Brown, 26).