The annual San Diego Comic-Con International event took place this weekend, and it was a great time for actress Erika Alexander to announce her newest venture. Alexander, who is best known for her role on Living Single, has partnered with her brother Robert Alexander and her acclaimed screenwriter husband Tony Puryear (Eraser, and the upcoming Fahrenheit 451) to co-create the comic book series called “Concrete Park.”
Comic books sales have been increasing. According to Comic Book Resources, the estimated total February 2013 sales for the 300 comics on the market was 7,203,694 comics which is up by 196,114 units from February 2012 and up by 1,139,207 units from March 2012.
The twist: It is has a multi-cultural story line. According to Hello Beautiful, the story follows a group of Black and Latino teenagers from the roughest streets who have been expelled from planet Earth because society can no longer handle them. The seven characters live in Scare City and are vying for power, survival, hope and love. “And left largely to their own devices, a story ensues that questions the nature of human beings, particularly those who have succumbed to the worst of human nature,” reports Hello Beautiful.
“The concept of outposts for outcasts is part of the history of humanity. You can look to the history of Australia… In the end, the question comes to what is going to become of these people? Are they going to reproduce hate and tribalism?” explains Puryear, who writes and draws the series.
Hello Beautiful calls “Concrete Park” a mix of the “Game of Thrones” and the Hunger Games of urban culture. So far four chapters have been released through “Dark Horse Comics Presents.” Puryear is building the story within the home of successful comic titles, such as “300,” “Hellboy” and “Sin City.”
A copy of “Concrete Park” can be downloaded on the website.