[Each week, Complex columnist Percy Carey a.k.a. MF Grimm dives into the world of comic books with industry interviews, reviews and more. All MF Grimm music can now be purchased on Itunes]
After the incredible response last week to my face to face interview with Mr. Tyrese Gibson about his comic MAYHEM!, I couldn't wait to confirm with him which one of one of the five publishing companies (DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, IMAGE Comics or BOOM! Studios) was the official home for his comic book. But for his own reasons, he wanted to wait until this week to actually announce it.
Tyrese kept his promise to me that I would get a second opportunity to interview him face to face, but because of personal matters I needed to attend to, my second interview was unfortunately conducted over the phone and was brief because I only needed to confirm that one unanswered question...that one unanswered question that everyone in the comic book industry demanded me to confirm: What company is MAYHEM! with? I promised to give the Complex.com readers what they wanted (did you see how many people left comments? that's crazy right?) and once again, Mr. Tyrese Gibson delivered. So here it is: Tyrese Gibson is still causing comic book MAYHEM! Thank you and enjoy the interview below...
Percy Carey: Hello Tyrese
Tyrese Gibson: Hey what up
Percy Carey: I'm good, how was your trip?
Tyrese Gibson: Oh, the trip was wonderful, thank you for asking. How are you?
Percy Carey: I'm good, I can't really complain. I know you're a busy man; this will only be a few minutes. I'm going get right to where we left off last time, Tyrese.
Tyrese Gibson: OK, let's go.
Percy Carey: What is the official company publishing Tyrese Gibson's MAYHEM!?
Tyrese Gibson: OK, The official Company is Image Comics, but the comic itself was produced through my comic publishing banner XiT ComiX, which is a division of my multi-media company, Headquarter Entertainment.
Percy Carey: Wow, OK. Why couldn't you say Image to me last time? You know how many phone calls I got because I didn't get that answer from you? You like building suspense, huh? [Laughs]
Tyrese Gibson: You gotta have mystique, you know? I had to make sure everything was official with the paperwork and stuff. The deal is finalized and now it's time to bring MAYHEM!
Percy Carey: That's understandable. My next question is, out of the five names I mentioned, what was it that made you decide to go with Image?
Tyrese Gibson: Image is one of the best companies in the comic world. They have a long history of great titles and I am excited to be apart of their history. They're also very creator-friendly and have good instincts when it comes to the creative process. I'm really excited about this relationship I've built with Image.
Percy Carey: I already expected all of the guys to like MAYHEM!, but you single-handedly increased female comic book readership last week [Laughs]. In the history of feedback to replies here on Complex.com, there has NEVER been that many responses to ANY story....And how does that make you feel to see so many people interested in your comic book debut this early?
Tyrese Gibson: I'm humbled by it, and if anything, I hope I don't over think about the outcome, 'cause I know so many people are anticipating it. [Laughs]
Percy Carey: Are you trying to make comic books cool? or something because I have never witnessed anything like that in my life, I got emails from about a million women wanting to know if your going to make your self available and have autograph signings at comic book shops? And other retail stores.
Tyrese Gibson: Yes, I'm for real with this MAYHEM! It's my priority; it's my child.
Percy Carey: Do you have anything up in coming that you would like the people to know about any signings or events?
Tyrese Gibson: I'm doing an unveiling of MAYHEM! on April 15th in Los Angeles. It's gonna be crazy. Big red carpet event. I've sent invites to all the big local comic talents. I want everyone to come to this.
Percy Carey: Can you send it to me?
Tyrese Gibson: It's on it's way.
Percy Carey: Is it OK if I post it for the Complex viewers?
Tyrese Gibson: Of course. Blast off with it!
Percy Carey: I'll be there. Tyrese, thank you for your time, man, and I guess I'll see you at the
Tyrese Gibson: No problem, P.
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