New Afro Footage at NY Comic-Con

GDH and FUNimation Ent. will offer a sneak peek at some director’s cut footage from the Spike TV animated series Afro Samurai at New York Comic Con, which kicks off today in New York City. FUNimation is also hosting a panel discussion featuring members of the show’s creative team on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 12 p.m.

Produced by GDH K.K. group company Studio GONZO in collaboration with FUNimation Ent. and Spike TV, Afro Samurai is a five-part anime series that premiered in the U.S. in January. Adapted from Takashi Okazaki’s upcoming manga release of the same name, the series chronicles Afro Samurai’s relentless quest to avenge his father’s brutal murder. Samuel L. Jackson lends his voice to two main characters and also serves as exec producer, while renowned hip-hop artist The RZA provides music.

Panelists lined up for Saturday include creator Okazaki, director Fuminori Kizaki and producers Taito Okiura and Eric Calderon. The special animated footage to be shown during the event will be made available in the director’s cut edition of the Afro Samurai DVD, which FUNimation will release on May 22. Until then, fans can look forward to a primetime marathon of all five episodes back-to-back on Wednesday, March 28 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

GDH announced a partnership with Amp’d Mobile to deliver exclusive Afro Samurai mobile content for all platforms. Exclusive content will include free ringtones featuring music by RZA and the voices of stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Perlman and Kelly Hu, as well as avatars, wallpapers and screensavers. Mobile video clips were made available to Amp’d Mobile subscribers today. In addition, DC Direct, the collectibles brand of DC Comics, will release a line of action figures and collectibles based on Afro Samurai. Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by new brand DC Unlimited, the first wave of figures is slated to hit comic book and pop culture specialty retailers this fall.