An ultimate team-up of creators including Eisner Award-winning creator Saladin Ahmed (Batman Unburied, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, The Magnificent Ms. Marvel), Oscar and Emmy winning filmmaker, writer and producer Travon Free (Two Distant Strangers), and Oscar-nominated director, writer and producer Shaka King (Judas and the Black Messiah) have created a new, multi-immersive webcomic experience titled DRAC: Son of Dante.
Tapas Media have partnered with Endeavor Content to publish the 15-episode free-to-read series that is available now on Tapas’ mobile app and website, featuring the first two episodes, and updated weekly on Fridays.
DRAC is a bold new take on vampires and immortals. Written and executive produced by the aforementioned acclaimed writer Ahmed and an all-star team of writers and artists led by Ray-Anthony Height, executive produced by King and Free, who co-created the series with Ahmed, and producer and POV Entertainment President Layne Eskridge (The Plot) and Endeavor Content, the series will feature a score by renowned Detroit producer Quelle Chris (Judas and the Black Messiah).
“I couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating with such a ridiculously talented group of creators,” said Ahmed. “The team’s accolades speak for themselves. But it’s the living energy my fellow writers—along with artists, editors, producers, and musicians—have brought to DRAC: Son of Dante that’s going to make this a story people talk about for a long time to come.”
“We really think Saladin has tapped into something unique with this grounded rendition of a timeless classic,” said King.
Free added, “It’s truly an honor to have embarked on such an in-depth creative journey, building a new world and new mythology with this world class team of people. I think people are really going to love what we’ve done with DRAC.”
DRAC launches a new and contemporary mythology around the origins of the iconic goth villain that will resonate with multicultural and youth audiences alike. The narrative follows Dante, an eerie flute-playing immortal who finds himself drawn to the human condition against the natural order and better judgment of his species. Dante follows this obsession no matter how much trouble it gets him into — but a conflict for the ages erupts when his monstrous son Drac chooses a human bride.
DRAC executive producers are Eric Pertilla, Saladin Ahmed, Shaka King, Travon Free, and Layne Eskridge. Writers are Saladin Ahmed, Son M., Rob Markman, and Deron Bennett. The DRAC artist roster includes Ray-Anthony Height with Don Ho & Craig Yeung, Sam Curtis, Marc Yarza, Butch Mapa, JJ Lopez, Federico Dalloccio, Paulo Sampaio, and Marissa Louise. The team also includes Letterer Jim Campbell and logo creator Manny Mederos. The soundtrack comes from Quelle Chris and the series is edited by Kathleen Wisneski & Chris Robinson.