Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan is launching a new comic anthology series called NFTs. The first installment of his Tical World saga, titled “Part One: Origin,” features a slew of original artwork, animations, and music.
The first release includes original artwork inspired by Killa Beez and signed by Method Man and New York-based artist Alex Smetsky. Killa Beez is the name given to a group of rappers affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan. They collaborated on two compilation albums, The Swarm in 1998 and The Sting in 2002.
The tokenized comic book will also include previously unreleased Method music, as well as a 3D digital animation of Tical World’s origin story. A gold VIP card for Tical Athletics, Method Man’s sports clothing line, is also included as a bonus.
The comic is built on Dapper Labs’ Flow blockchain, which also hosts the hugely popular CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shots NFTs.
Tical World may not be Method Man’s first foray into the crypto world. C.R.E.A.M. Finance, a decentralized lending protocol, tweeted its new jingle in November 2020: a slick rap beat set to the tune of Wu-C.R.E.A.M., Tang’s featuring Method Man’s unmistakable vocals. Method has not confirmed the video’s performance on social media, which currently has 5,072 views on YouTube.
This year, Tical World isn’t the only comic universe getting the NFT treatment. Marvel Comics announced its entry into the NFT space in June, with a range of digital collectibles including sculptures, 3D models, and collectibles in collaboration with NFT platform VeVe—which also collaborated with rival DC Comics to release the DC Bombshells series of NFT statuettes.
The first official Marvel NFT release is a set of Spider-Man digital sculptures that range in price from $40 to $400. More Marvel collectibles, including five variant covers of Marvel Comics #1—the company’s original 1939 comic—and a set of Captain America digital figurines, will be released later this month.
It appears that one of the last century’s biggest collectible crazes is a natural fit for the diverse and wonderful world of NFTs.