Official Press Release
Kompany X and its founder John Leekley has collaborated with Michael D. Olmos' Chamber Six to create the upcoming title JOHNNY DELGADO IS DEAD: THE BALLAD, which will launch on July 26th, 2007 at Comic-Con International#, distributed by Silent Devil.
"The two they were like brothers and as sure as the sun, if you killed one or the other... then Two become One."
Created by John Leekley, the Emmy award winning writer/executive producer of Spawn: The Animated Series, and Michael D. Olmos, director of the Dark Horse feature film Splinter, JOHNNY DELGADO IS DEAD: THE BALLAD centers on two childhood friends who are bound by the code of brotherhood, loyalty... and fate. Closer than brothers, one is destined to be murdered, and one is destined for a legendary revenge.
"I have always been very drawn to the classic myths of the Latino communities. For many generations, the myths and legends of the Latino people have been told and retold in corridos, songs that kept alive their culture and their heroes." Says John Leekley, "It seems that in every era, there were those who were 'chosen'... heroes who rose up and defended the rights of the innocent and brought justice to the guilty. I have always been drawn to these ballads. I was introduced to them by a friend of mine, Edward James Olmos, years ago. Now I am working with Eddie's son, Michael, to bring to life a new legend... JOHNNY DELGADO IS DEAD: THE BALLAD."
Although the two main characters are American, they are both of Latino decent, which historically has been an underserved demographic within comic books and graphic novels. Even though the story revolves around characters and the culture of Latino communities, it's a story that will have mass appeal across the entire comic book and graphic novel field.
"What attracted me to the project was the opportunity to create a Modern Latino Archetype, based loosely on the legends of Pancho Villa, Zapata, Joaquin Murrieta and Zorro. Men who fought for the underdog – some historical and others mythological." Says Michael D. Olmos, co-creator of JOHNNY DELGADO IS DEAD: THE BALLAD, "The graphic novel has all the trappings of a very modern genre story – with characters who are Latino, but also universal and who speak specifically to a new young generation. Mixed into this story is a strong current of Latino folklore and mysticism. I think that the characters of Johnny Delgado and Victor Reyes, and the story of their fight for justice and redemption in a hardboiled world of crime, will ring true to all audiences. And if we are just a little bit successful in creating a Latino Archetype that will blossom and grow in the psyche of American pop culture, then we have been both blessed and fortunate."
In recent years Silent Devil has come onto the scene as one of the today's most relevant indie forces within the industry.
"We're absolutely thrilled we have the opportunity to be working with this type of talent, especially with content we feel is the driving force behind a comic book renaissance movement," says Silent Devil publisher Christian Beranek.
ABOUT KOMPANY X
John Leekley, the Emmy award winning writer of the animated series SPAWN, and KINDRED: THE EMBRACED, formed Kompany X in 2006. Kompany X is quickly becoming a force in the indie graphic novel world. Two novels will premiere at San Diego ComicCon in 2007, AMERIKAN FREAK and JOHNNY DELGADO IS DEAD: THE BALLAD. Four more graphic novels will premiere in the following year, featuring renowned and award winning writers and artists. After great success in creating television series and movies, the plunge into graphic novels was a natural extension of his vision as a storyteller, creating entirely new myths and legends.
ABOUT SILENT DEVIL
The Brothers Beranek and David Fairley formed Silent Devil in 1996. A haven for creator rights, Silent Devil presents to its worldwide fan base a multitude of talented men and women, all dedicated to producing the best in entertainment via comics, music and film. Home of the multi-media franchises Dracula vs. King Arthur and Death Comes to Dillinger, Silent Devil is a trailblazer in the independent production field.
ABOUT CHAMBER SIX
Writer/Director Michael D. Olmos and film and comic book writer Adrian A. Cruz formed CHAMBER SIX PRODUCTIONS in 2004. Chamber Six is dedicated to producing high quality entertainment be it in Film, TV, Comics, Graphic novels or Web Comics with a focus on Crime, Revenge, Horror, Satire and Action. Chamber Six is more than just a production company; it's a creation think tank for exciting, unique and high concept Intellectual Property. The company produced its first feature film, SPLINTER, alongside Dark Horse Entertainment in 2006.