DYCD Heroes Project

On June 22, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) held the "DYCD Heroes Project" comic book showcase with hip-hop legend and Darryl Makes Comics Publisher and Founder Darryl "DMC" McDaniels. The winning teams selected in April to work with professional comic book artists from Darryl Makes Comics dressed up as their favorite superheroes and displayed their professionally printed comic book featuring their original characters and stories. At the event, middle schoolers from 25 DYCD-funded afterschool programs and community centers who took part in the initiative also had the opportunity to showcase their original work. In collaboration with Darryl Makes Comics, LLC and The Comic Book Project, the literacy-focused comic book initiative challenges middle school students in all five boroughs to develop stories about heroes—real or imagined—in their own communities.