SAN DIEGO, California -- Think you have geek cred? Think you know about comic books? Think you can out-geek Rosario Dawson?
"Geek to me is a really exclusive, really particular type of club, and it's been really nice to be included," Dawson said. "To be called a geek so much lately has been kind of fascinating -- I've always wanted to be a geek. [I love] to get that privilege."
The sultry 27-year-old actress doesn't just star in comic book movies ("Sin City"), or work with comic-obsessed directors (Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith) -- she went out and co-created her own comic book, "O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce," which Dimension Films announced last week would become a feature-length movie starring Dawson herself.
Cross "Men in Black" with "Harry Potter" and mix in a generous helping of "Law and Order" and you'll have a pretty good idea what "O.C.T." is about. The comic follows detective Sophia Ortiz as she investigates magical crime in New York City -- a metropolis which, unbeknownst to all but the most savvy sorcerers, is actually a vortex of spiritual power.
"It's taking magic and bringing it into a very reality-based kind of thing," the "Clerks II" actress explained. "Like questioning all the different laws that are out there -- the different things that we don't question -- and looking at the world through a different place."
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From page to screen, the actress won't have to change much to get into character. Detective Sophia Ortiz is drawn to look like Dawson. In fact, the actress herself models for many of the panels.
"We have all these huge photo sessions of different types of smiles, furrowing my brow," Dawson said. "In the second issue you see this one [panel] where I'm holding this big shotgun, but in reality I took that picture with a big broomstick."
For Dawson, creating "O.C.T." has been the culmination of a lifetime of comic fandom, and the project is particularly gratifying since she always felt like the littlest fan among comic giants.
"I grew up around a lot of comic book artists and I always felt like I was the little scruffy kid who wasn't allowed to even breathe on the comics or touch them," Dawson laughed. "So I feel pretty excited that I finally made my own comic that I could touch, 'cause my uncle would never let me touch his comics. So there!"
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