I’m going out on a limb here and assuming that since you’re a BNP reader, your geek culture palette just might include such treats as Samurai Jack, Akira, and probably a healthy dose of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Incal. Add a little steampunk-leaning West-African fantasy into the mix and suddenly you realize the graphic novel you were missing all along is Juni Ba’s Djeliya from TKO Studios.
Per TKO’s Solicitation:
“Inspired by West African folklore, Djeliya tells the remarkable tale of Prince Mansour and his royal storyteller Awa, as they journey to reach the mysterious Wizard Soumaoro who guards a fearsome power that he once used to destroy the world.”
Thanks to video conferencing, coffee, and a friendly feline, I was fortunate enough to speak with Juni Ba about his artistic inspirations, Gargoyles, and the experience of creating comics between Africa and Europe.
Grab your copy of Djeliya!!