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The Black Eyed Peas were in San Diego for Comic-Con International 2017 to promote the release of their first graphic novel, “Masters of the Sun–The Zombie Chronicles” as a part of the Black Eyed Peas celebration of 20+ years of creative collaboration. This is their first graphic novel. The Black Eyed Peas have always been innovators in entertainment with their music and videos and now they are entering the comic book world with an impressive first attempt.

The graphic novel is available via a range of international booksellers and comic store outlets that are stocking it, including Midtown Comics in New York City, Forbidden Planet in London, to Mandarake in Tokyo, Japan.

“We are thrilled to publish an original work by The Black Eyed Peas.  It’s clear that will.i.am dug through the crates of his imagination about comic, and has brought us a really cool story that is the perfect blend of comic books and Hip-Hop culture,” commented Axel Alonso, Editor-in-Chief, Marvel Comics.

Masters of the Sun” plotline synopsis: The fictionalized saga begins with the City of Los Angeles under attack by aliens, while humans are morphing into zombies. The main character, Zulu-X, who also has a penchant for Hip-Hop, is thrust into the middle of the action-packed adventure, fighting a nefarious ancient order with the combination of wisdom and street smarts. Blending music with comics, “Masters of the Sun” draws upon will.i.am’s personal story from his youth in the 1980’s, and embodies real-life social allegories that include L.A. gangs, Hip-Hop and street dance culture. The over-sized graphic novel is now rolling on to bookstore shelves, and retails for MSRP US$39.95.

 Creative team behind the project:  “Masters of the Sun–The Zombie Chronicles”, published by Marvel Entertainment, Inc., is presented and produced by The Black Eyed Peas (will.i.am, TABOO, and apl.de.ap), and was written by will.i.amand Benjamin Jackendoff, based upon an original story by will.i.am and Nir Studnitski. Executive Production services were provided by Polo Molina and Sara Ramaker.  The art team features noted comic pencil artist Damion Scott and colorist Sigmund Torre, with color assists from Takoko Sono and Jim Krueger, consultant. Letter design was created by Dave Lanphear at A Larger World Studios.  The book’s cover art team, spearheaded by will.i.am, also includes Pasha Shapiro, Erik Weber, Eddie Axley and Cody Achter. Packaging and logo design was developed by Eddie Axley, Cody Achter, Po Wang and Monika Arechavala.

Members of the Black Eyed Peas with Marvel Legend Stan Lee backstage at SDCC. The Graphic Novel is available now!


Written by will.i.am & Benjamin Jackendoff and Penciled by Damion Scott; 120 Pages/Parental Advisory


Photo credits:
Masters of the Sun images:  Black Eyed Peas
Backstage photo w Stan Lee – ShotByBax/i.am+