Dread & Alive

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Dread & Alive
cover art for Dread and Alive #1 (February 2010) by Rodney Buchemi.
Publication information
Publisher Zoolook
First appearance Dread & Alive #1 (Feb 6, 2010)
Created by Nicholas Da Silva

Dread & Alive is a Jamaican-inspired Multimedia series spanning comic books, Novels and Music written by Nicholas Da Silva and published by ZOOLOOK. It follows Drew McIntosh before, during and after being empowered by a sacred amulet created by the ancient maroons of Jamaica.[1]

Publication history[edit]

The Dread & Alive series was conceptualized by its creator, Nicholas Da silva who is a Brazilian born writer and artist who due to mixed heritage considers himself 'Out of many one person" [2] like the Jamaican Moto "Out of many one people". It is the first superhero comic book with a Jamaican as the protagonist[3][4] thus making it culturally relevant and boldly revolutionary in its undertaking. It's also noted as the first comic with a reggae soundtrack.[5]

Release[edit]

The first issue of the Dread & Alive comic book series was released on February 6, 2010, on the birthday of international reggae icon Bob Marley.[3] The series is also one of the first of its kind to undertake charity 30% of all digital sales, and 10% of all print sales from Issue #1 will go toward non profit group HELP Jamaica! [4][6]

The series will also see release on a compact disk featuring reggae acts such as Third World, Sahra Indio, Sly & Robbie, Shaggy (musician) and Freddy Locks.[7]

Music[edit]

The first Compilation CD 'Dread & Alive: The Lost Tapes Vol.1' saw release on September 14, 2010.[8][9] Since release it has met with high praise, being described as "History in the making"[10] ,[11][12][13] “a very STRONG compilation… one of the better lineups of the year.”[14] and “new territory in the collusion of art and Jamaican music”.[15] The Cd is designed to be heard either alongside Da Silva’s comic book, or, as a special, standalone musical event.[16]

Dread & Alive the Lost Tapes vol.2 was released on October 19, 2010 [17]

Publicity and Promotions[edit]

In order to promote the series Nicholas has teamed with Reggae Festival Guide to give away an 8GB iPod Touch to one of the members of the Facebook group.[4]

For 'Dread & Alive: The Lost Tapes vol.1' a series of interviews were done with World of Black Heroes to coincide with the launch.[10] [11] [12] [13]

Characters[edit]

  • Drew Mcintosh - the roaring lion and the hero of our story. He has Dreadlocks like a member of the Rastafari movement though his beliefs are from the Jamaican Maroons.
  • Cudjoe - Drew's mentor and the leader of the Maroons of Jamaica.
  • Shadowcatcher - The evil protagonist obeah man of the series.
  • Maria Mcintosh - Mother of our hero and his only surviving parent
  • Brandy Savage - Love interest of the protagonist

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Campbell, Howard (November 29, 2009). "Coming soon ... Dreadlock Superhero". Jamaica Gleaner. 
  2. ^ Davidson, Marcia (March 1, 2003). "Interview With The Creator Of The Dread and Alive Comic Series". jamaicans.com. 
  3. ^ a b "Dread And Alive new Jamaican comic book series to be released in February 2010". Camana Bay Times. January 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Billen, Mark (May 19, 2010). "Dread & Alive returns!". webdesignermag.co.uk. 
  5. ^ Haugton, Eddie (September 8, 2010). "Dread & Alive: Every Hero Needs His Theme Music". Large Up/OkPlayer. 
  6. ^ Timm, Birte and Keding, Hilmar (February 8, 2010). "HELP Jamaica! teams up with a comic hero!". helpjamaica.org. 
  7. ^ Campbell, Howard (February 16, 2010). "Dread And Alive release". Jamaica Gleaner. 
  8. ^ "Dread And Alive: The lost tapes Vol. 1 iTunes release". iTunes. September 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Lost Days Event". Worldofblackheroes. September 9, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Series creator Nicholas Da Silva talks about the music and series Dread & Alive". http://worldofblackheroes.wordpress.com/. September 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Sahra Indio talks about Dread & Alive: The Lost Tapes". http://worldofblackheroes.wordpress.com/. September 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Monsoon talks about Dread & Alive: The Lost Tapes". http://worldofblackheroes.wordpress.com/. September 23, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Toussaint talks about Dread & Alive: The Lost Tapes". http://worldofblackheroes.wordpress.com/. September 11, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Dread And Alive release". September 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ Cooke, Mel (September 17, 2010). "'The Lost Tapes' for comic book found". Jamaica Gleaner. 
  16. ^ "DREAD AND ALIVE COMIC BOOK/MUSIC COMPILATION". soulofthelion.com. October 2010. 
  17. ^ "Dread And Alive: The lost tapes Vol. 2 iTunes release". iTunes. October 19, 2010. 

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