In brief

  • Method Man is releasing his new comic book series as NFTs.
  • The tokenized comics will come with exclusive digital goodies.

Wu-Tang Clan rapper Method Man is launching a new comic anthology series as NFTs. The first part of his Tical World saga is called “Part One: Origin” and includes a host of original artwork, animations and music. 

The first release includes Killa Beez-inspired original artwork signed by Method Man and New York-based artist Alex Smetsky. Killa Beez is the name given to the collective of rappers associated with Wu-Tang Clan. Together they’ve put out two compilation albums: The Swarm in 1998 and The Sting in 2002.

The tokenized comic book will also include unreleased music from Method himself, alongside a 3D digital animation of the origin story of Tical World. Other bonus goodies include a gold VIP card for Tical Athletics, Method Man’s sports clothing line.

The comic is built on Dapper Labs’ Flow blockchain, the blockchain which currently hosts the immensely popular CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shots NFTs. 

Tical World might not be Method Man’s first foray into crypto. In November 2020, decentralized lending protocol C.R.E.A.M. Finance tweeted its new jingle: a slick rap beat set to the tune of Wu-Tang’s C.R.E.A.M. featuring the unmistakable vocals of Method Man. The video currently has 5,072 views on YouTube and Method hasn’t confirmed the performance on social media.

Tical World isn’t the only comic universe receiving the NFT treatment this year. In June, Marvel Comics announced it’s stepping into the NFT space with a range of digital collectibles including sculptures, 3D models and collectibles in partnership with NFT platform VeVe—which also worked with rivals 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 retail for between $40 and $400. More Marvel collectibles will be released later this month, including five variant covers of Marvel Comics #1—the company’s original 1939 comic, and a set of Captain America digital figurines. 

It looks like one of the biggest collectible crazes of the last century is a natural fit for the diverse and wonderful world of NFTs.