It’s like that, the way it is, for Darryl McDaniels and his comics in Stokey… and some Run-DMC hip-hop

Darryl McDaniels @ Hang-Up Gallery in Stoke Newington London N16 to launch ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a collection of signed, limited-edition prints 100617 © david.alther{@]gmail,com
A North London high street on a Saturday: Why, it’s Darryl McDaniels
DMC0617g: Darryl McDaniels @ Hang-Up Gallery in Stoke Newington London N16 to launch ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a collection of signed, limited-edition prints 100617 © david.alther{@]gmail,com to launch ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a collection of signed, limited-edition prints 100617 © david.alther{@]gmail,comDarryl McDaniels @ Hang-Up Gallery in Stoke Newington London N16 to launch ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a collection of signed, limited-edition prints 100617 © david.alther{@]gmail,com to launch ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a collection of signed, limited-edition prints 100617 © david.alther{@]gmail,com
Let’s party: DMC does what everybody hoped he’d do — hip-hop

HIS IMPECCABLE MANNERS at odds with his band’s reputation as one of hip-hop’s most notorious, Run-DMC founder Darryl McDaniels posed happily for selfies in a Hackney art gallery yesterday Saturday 10 June 2017.

Still handsome but slimmer than in his Eighties heyday, he was at Hang-Up Gallery to launch his first London exhibition, high-quality prints of the drawings, in a range of comic books he has co-written, that pay tribute to Stan “Marvel” Lee and other greats of graphic illustration.

The Queens, New York superstar spent almost an hour chatting as he signed limited-edition prints for customers. And then, of course, he did what everyone had been waiting for. With St Louis, Missouri MC Charlie Chan, he gave an intimate concert in the Stoke Newington gallery’s basement that was so good you wondered why he had sidestepped into comics.

DMC0617f: Darryl McDaniels goes to Hang-Up Gallery in Stoke Newington to launch ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a collection of signed, limited-edition prints 100617 © david.alther{@]gmail,com
Let’s arty: Darryl McDaniels signs a print of one of his creations

It was no sidestep, McDaniels says — “the comics came first” — and they told him about the world.

“I was a straight A student because I read comic books,” he explains. “Everything I was getting from a comic book allowed me to become” — he pauses for humorous effect before shouting — “the most powerful entity in the universe.”

Gently, he adds, of his move into music: “Hip-hop wasn’t a business for me, it was a vehicle to express everything that was inside me.”

DApicDMC17c: David Altheer with Darryl McDaniels @ Hang-Up Gallery in Stoke Newington 100617 © david.alther{@]gmail,com
No, not a retired Aerosmithie with the rapper, just a poseur trying to sign “East” (London}

Naturally, as a boy he wanted to be the superhero, so naturally, in Darryl Makes Comics, the superhero is a character called DMC who, at the drop of a 1980s stylus, can slip into a tracksuit, trainers and knuckledusters to defend New Yorkers against supervillains.

If you want to buy a print, you can download a catalogue via this link.

David Altheer 110617

* The Art of DMC, Hang-Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road, Hackney N16 8AD (020 3667 4550) will run from Sunday 11 June 2017-25 June 2017.

* Backstory: Pussy Riot punkster flies to Hackney; ‘Robin’ Banksy? £80kBuying art in Stokey 

* All pictures © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com, and all for sale for reproduction. Bigger format versions usually available

DMC0617k: Gallery owner Ben Cotton at left of Darryl McDaniels @ Hang-Up Gallery in Stoke Newington London N16 to launch ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a collection of signed, limited-edition prints 100617 © david.alther{@]gmail,com
Launch date: Hang-Up owner Ben Cotton, second left, and colleagues connect

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