An American comic legend, a big-time independent Canadian comic creator, and a Japanese musician/humanitarian team up.
Three very distinctive creators -- Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane, and Japanese music star Yoshiki -- are working on what sounds like an interesting (but still a little hazy) comic project that they'll be announcing officially during a panel at SDCC. Titled Blood Red Dragon, with writing by Jonathan Goff (Adventures of Spawn), the book is a supernatural fantasy with a lead character based on Yoshiki, a musician and record producer, formerly of the group X Japan known for his humanitarian work. According the press release, the book "features a surprise and first-of-its-kind publishing innovation that combines the unique skills of [the] three world-renowned artists." To me, this translates as some kind of transmedia tie-in, possibly with an album linked to the book from Yoshiki.
Here's the press release:
Blood Red Dragon Issue #0, the first in the series published by Todd McFarlane Productions, 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 Earth¹s protector. When agents of Oblivion discover that the key to accessing the Blood Red Dragon¹s energy lays in music‹the melodic heart of the human spirit, they launch a series of violent attacks on musicians across the globe. As he performs in front of a large crowd during the opening show of a massive world tour, drummer and keyboardist Yoshiki comes face-to-face with his destiny, experiencing a transformation that will forever change his life‹and possibly the fate of the world.
We'll find out more about Blood Red Dragon at SDCC 2011.