Danai "Dan" Smuthkochorn, 32, is best known as an actor who has appeared in many Thai lakorns and films. However, Dan has also been a longtime comic fan, even winning the sud yod fan pan tae (super fan) title fromFan Pan Tae (a TV quiz show in which hardcore enthusiasts for different subjects compete to find out who’s the most knowledgeable) in the superhero category in 2006. He also has another role as the creator of the first Thai American-style superhero comic book calledThe Mavericks . Its third issue was released last week. Here, Dan tells us how he creates Thai superheroes.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO CREATE A THAI SUPERHERO COMIC BOOK?
My love for comics is what inspired me. I wanted Thai kids to have another option besides Japanese comics. However, with American comics costing $3.99 [B120], it's almost impossible to bring them over to Thailand and translate them. The only way to get American-style superhero comics to Thai kids is to make my own and now we have The Mavericks.
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