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Stan Lee, Yoshiki, & Todd McFarlane to Unveil ‘Blood Red Dragon’ Comic at Comic-Con 2011

The first issue of the comic book series Blood Red Dragon will be unveiled at Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 21st. This project features the collaborative efforts of Spider-Man comics creator Stan Lee, Japanese rock star Yoshiki (of the band X Japan), and Spawn comics creator Todd McFarlane.

GalleyCat reported back in October 201o when Lee and Yoshiki personally announced this project at New York Comic Con. Lee explained that the project would be a “motion comic,” which he described as “more than a comic, but less than an animated film. It’s somewhere in between.” The series is being published by Todd McFarlane Productions.

Here’s more from the release: “[The comic] focuses on the origin of an ancient and benevolent force, locked in an epic battle with the dark armies of Oblivion. Creative expression and destiny collide, as once in a generation an individual is born with the potential to unlock the awesome might of the Blood Red Dragon, thus channeling a power beyond comprehension and assuming the mantle of Earth’s protector.”

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Stan Lee to Collaborate with Japanese Rock Star

Comic book legend Stan Lee announced at New York Comic Con that he will be collaborating with Japanese icon, Yoshiki. Lee explained: “This absolutely great musician has agreed to do some work with me. We’re going to do a motion comic together. He going to do the music. I’m going to do whatever else needs to be done.” The project is planned for a 2011 release.

Yoshiki co-founded and plays in the 5-man Japanese rock band, X Japan. He serves as the primary songwriter. He also performs both drums and piano. The group has played to sold out shows at the 50,000 seat Tokyo Dome 18 times.

After exchanging salutations, hugs, and bows, the two media personalities sat down to answer some questions about the forthcoming collaboration. To clarify, Lee defined a “motion comic” as “more than a comic, but less than an animated film. It’s somewhere in between.” The superhero will be modeled after Yoshiki and he will possess a “very unique super power.” Lee credits Yoshiki with conceiving of the original story idea and Lee himself asked the Japanese musician how he came up with it. Yoshiki answered, “I am a superhero anyway.”

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