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!!

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  • Jon-Carlos Evans is a Berlin based filmmaker, audiovisual artist and writer. He holds a B.A. in Film Production from Webster University-St.Louis and a MFA in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York. Under his musical alias Klaas von Karlos, Evans is also is the founder of experimental-electronic collective ReVerse Bullets and creative director of the GLITCH performance series/music label. As Klaas von Karlos, he is also a member of music projects BIINDS, Naked Sweatshop, and Divan Rouge. He is the Programme Lead for the Creative Production-Film MA at Catalyst Institute for Creative & Technological Arts in Berlin.

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