May 1st, 2012
Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics creators unite in NYC!
The Story Of Rock 'N' Roll Comics came to NYC last week for a multi-event celebration of the DVD release. On April 23, Forbidden Planet (840 Broadway) hosted a release party / artists signing which featured original Rock n Roll Comics artists Jay Allen Sanford, Spike Steffenhagen, Robert V. Conte, and more. Also in attendance was the director Ilko Davidov, doing Q&A and signing DVDs.
Metal Machine came to the event and conducted an incredible interview with the artists, which can be seen HERE!
The Story of Rock 'N' Roll Comics charts the short and controversial life of publisher Todd Loren, whose scandalous series of unauthorized comic book biographies of rock stars enraged and sometimes charmed his subjects, provoked numerous lawsuit threats from the likes of Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses and Skid Row, and eventually led to a landmark First Amendment case, all before he was savagely murdered in 1992.
This documentary mixes animation and eerie home video of Todd Loren along with interviews and commentary that reflect the range of opinions regarding his cultural legacy - Including first hand accounts from many of the artists and writers who were inspired and exploited by Loren, all peppered with insights from both the Rock & Roll and comic book communities from such luminaries as Alice Cooper, Gary Groth, Ian Shirley, Mojo Nixon and more.