Black Dynamite: Slave Island
Interview with director Scott Sanders
Jai White is currently dominating the Internet with his portrayal of Jax in
Kevin Tancheron’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series, White’s
smooth-talking, kung-fu fighting, lady-killer alter ego Black Dynamite is
currently strutting his stuff in the comic book world with Black Dynamite:
Slave Island. I spoke to the film’s director, Scott Sanders, about the
Black Dynamite comic.
think the new comic will attract new readers to Black Dynamite or is it more for
We had always
hoped that both film buffs and comics fans would enjoy SLAVE ISLAND.
the book, we aimed to pay homage to the legendary Black superheroes of the
1970’s (Luke Cage, Black Panther), which we thought would appeal to comics
readers; but we also added some unique “Black Dynamite” twists that fans of the
original film would appreciate.
response from reviewers and fans has been fairly positive you must be pleased
with how the comic has turned out?
Very pleased, and we’re grateful for all the support and positive feedback thus
far. The first run of the book actually sold-out, and we’re now reprinting.
The second run should hit stores in May 2011.
Dynamite has his own comic and animated TV series now, where else would you like
to see Black Dynamite?
author Brian Ash suggested a breakfast cereal. I don’t disagree! “Cream Corn
Pops”? In all seriousness, we would love to do a sequel and a video game.
difficult finding a publisher for the Black Dynamite comic?
Entertainment was actually the first comic book publisher we approached, and
their team immediately understood the Black Dynamite universe. They made the
entire process seamless.
other Black Dynamite comics on the way or does it depend on how well this one
I’m sure we
would love to create another Black Dynamite comic. They’re a blast to put
of Slave Island is crazy but was handled really well. Is there any story that
would be taboo for Black Dynamite or is that the beauty of the character that
nothing is off limits?
is larger-than-life, and so too are the situations in which he finds himself.
Using the original Blaxploitation films as source material, we find that Black
Dynamite really can go anywhere: Africa (Shaft in Africa), Transylvania (Blacula),
the hair salon (Black Shampoo.)
I loved the
fake ads in Slave Island, would we see them in future Black Dynamite comics?
We had a lot of fun putting together the faux-Charles Atlas Ad.
has a really old school feel, what sort of comics inspired Black Dynamites look?
as I mentioned above, was a big inspiration. As was Marvel’s “Master of Kung
Fu.” I credit author Brian Ash here, as he is really a student of the genre.
do you think would win in a fight Shaft, Power Man (Luke Cage) or Black
Dynamite. How could I answer anything else?
So did you
hear that Black Dynamite fans? The future, in comic book form, of the
most badass, blaxploitation hero around is in your hands, or should I say
wallets, and judging by the fact that Slave Island recently sold-out we
could be well on our way to seeing another Black Dynamite comic.