Monday, April 24, 2017

Six more days

I am ready. Are you ready? 2017 has been a tumultuous year for this graphic novel. Some wonderful news has come my way regarding Badin and the Secret of the Saami. But I will wait awhile before I share it…In about 6 days.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Graphic Novel Launch: 28 More Days!

I cannot believe I have come this far in one year. Just 12 months ago I was planning for it. Total concentration and sacrifice resulted in a finished product.

Right now the paperback edition is at Lulu and the digital edition is at Comixology. Of course they are not available until May 1.

The more I work on this project—trying to bring attention to it—the more I believe it will not be appreciated until I am long dead. It is just too profound and unconventional. Getting feedback has been like pulling teeth. Asking someone to read a 114 page graphic novel about an obscure African child of Swedish nationality and his Indigenous male mentor just is not very "sexy." Nonetheless, I persist. Some just want to support me because they know my heart is in the right place.

However, I did not write and illustrate this graphic novel to satisfy appetites for the hottest trends (i.e. zombies, vampires and transgender). I wrote a story that redeems a slandered and emasculated people (African and Saami) and paints a positive future for the human race. I knew what I was getting into, and yes, I was disappointed to receive no help from literary agents and publishers. I was disappointed because they claimed to want "diversity" and "relevance to contemporary issues" but could not see that in my story.

So I have gone the independent path. That means the paperback will be costly (probably $45 USD). That seems to be a high price, but I will only make about $1 USD for sales on Amazon. Yet the story is magnificent and the inspiration you will receive from reading it will be worth the cost. The good news is a digital edition will be $14.95 USD. 

I hope you will support this effort. Sharing these articles would be a great start!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Translating Badin and the Secret of the Saami and Changing History




Please play this very short 2 minute video to learn about this very important project. It is in English and Swedish.

Monday, February 20, 2017

100 Reasons...

For the final 100 days leading up to the May 1st release of Badin and the Secret of the Saami, a daily internet "meme" is released featuring a sneak-peak of the graphic novel pages. Along with each image is a one-sentence reason why you should read this story. You can follow these updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Cover for Badin and the Secret of the Saami

Badin and the Secret of the Saami graphic novel cover
The final cover
Inspired by the Star Wars Rogue One poster (a movie I really want to see), I created a new cover for the graphic novel, Badin and the Secret of the Saami. It's not a copy. However, the placement of the main character and villain was heavily inspired by Rogue One.

Badin is frontmost. He is holding a special book. Behind him is the villain (read the Kraken or the Mini-Sagas Compilation to learn more about him). Below Badin, from left is Queen Lovisa Ulrika, Crown Prince Gustav III, South Saami elder Gaaktu, Princess Sofia Albertina and Anna Olsdotter.

The other characters—including the owl—were carefully placed along the Golden Spiral, Golden Ruler and Golden Ratio. It includes scenes from the graphic novel. An abstract of the Swedish flag is in the sky. The flag is based on the Christian cross and is placed along the top section on the Rule of Thirds. The background scenes contain some reindeer, a South Saami earth dwelling (Goahti) and a deep cave with four figures approaching it. Of course, all of this was created in Clip Studio Paint.

Since the graphic novel is in the hands of a second assistant editor, I have been putting energy into promotion and planning for a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a final editor and Swedish translator. I have given up trying to get a literary agent for this book. They want stuff I don't want to make and they aren't sure how to sell a story about an 18th century Black Swedish child and his Saami mentor.

Badin and the Secret of the Saami is a story I wanted to tell. So I used comic book art as the medium. I know this is a beautiful story. I know the artwork helps tell it. I believe in it and that is all that matters. I will not sit and hope or wait that someone will believe in it.

This story is about belief—belief in sacrifice for the good of other than one's self. It's about history and redemption. It is a story that can heal the wounds of social, racial and religious strife. It is about the importance of indigenous culture for the survival of our species and how the most foreign—or different—among us, can be the ones who usher in a new and better society.

Well, I hope you believe in what I'm doing. If you do, please share the official website for Badin and the Secret of the Saami. The graphic novel is due to be released in just 100 days from tonight!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Mirror: The Final Mini-Saga is On Sale!

Badin and the Secret of the Saami Mini-Saga
The final Mini-Saga
Who is Badin? Why is he so important, that an entire trans-media project had to be created about him?

One must understand that no life lived is meaningless. However, Badin's life was exceptional. He lived long into his 70's (possibly 80's). He left his wife with property and wealth. He was a patriot for the Kingdom of Sweden. He was polyglot. He was also skilled the application of science. The privileges he had were never wasted. His diary proves that he was not a clown nor a brutish, sexual deviant.

The Mirror Mini-Saga is the world's first introduction of Badin as a heroic historical fiction character in a graphic novel. In fact, he was that in real history. The forthcoming graphic novel will explore aspects the historical man and demonstrate the importance of respecting unassuming people in the onward march of human enlightenment and progress.

As an artist, completing this final Mini-Saga brings great joy. When I wrote the first script, along with the previous three Mini-Sagas, I had no idea they would turn out this way. In fact, the rough thumbnail sketches and layout and for this one changed many times. Settling a large scene for the first page seemed perfect. I am also happy because now the world can see Badin in a new way: An intelligent and ambitious young adult son of the Queen of Sweden.

I really hope you like and are inspired by Badin as I have been. I especially want non-white Swedes to have great pride for this special human being.

Shop for Mirror and the other Mini-Sagas at the website for Badin and the Secret of the Saami today!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

All artwork complete for Badin and the Secret of the Saami (2016-12-04)

The Queen with lantern
Queen Lovisa Ulrika in a scene from the graphic novel
On this dark, snowy and cold December 4th, I am proud to announce that I have completed the inking, lettering and coloring for all ninety pages in my Badin and the Secret of the Saami graphic novel. This is a glorious day.

I have sacrificed much for this project. I have also realized that my wife and son believed in it more than myself. In all my moments of "I don't think I can do this anymore" exasperations, they emphatically told me I could—and should—do it. Technically, the book is unfinished: Front matter, table of contents, cast of characters, chapter title pages and glossary sections are still needed. Compared to the artwork for the story, that is easy stuff!

I am relieved because I have neglected pursuing paid work and allowed our financial situation to worsen. Starting tomorrow, I can carry on with my normal schedule without the anxiety of finishing the artwork. I have my doubt that this project will bring any prosperity. However, it was never truly a capitalistic venture. It is more important than money.

This project is important because it is a weapon against racism and xenophobia. It is also a beacon of hope for humanity. At the cornerstone is an adopted African child and an indigenous Saami man. The African child represents the first and most underappreciated and feared persons in the human family: Black males. The indigenous man represents the humble and ancient guardians of nature in Europe: The resilient Saami people. All of this takes place during the 18th century in my mother's ancestral homeland of Sweden.

Prior to the release of the graphic novel on May 1, 2017, there will be one more Mini-Saga (extremely short story). This one features the star character, Badin. It is called "Mirror." I encourage you to read this and the previously published booklets and share the news about the Badin and the Secret of the Saami project with your friends and family. Please help me by purchasing the Mini-Sagas, reading and telling others about this them. I plan to use the money to hire an editor and translators for the book.