I’m excited to finally share Flesh of White, a story that I hold dear, with the world. This tale takes place in a part of Africa that I’ve long loved and adored. Even as the story follows dark events, the beauty of the land and her people shine through.
The central figures of issue one are Rehema and Idi. Like parents everywhere, they lay their hopes and dreams on their children’s shoulders, but when their son is born he is different than the other children. Baby Kwasi is born with albinism.
As these parents face the medical implications of their son’s condition, they must also contend with local superstition. It is believed that the flesh of an albino – a ghost – is a powerful component in spellcraft. While Rehema and Idi struggle to protect their son, outsiders learn of his existence and take tale back to a powerful Witch Doctor and his Harvester.
I’m a mother of two small boys, and filtered a lot of my fears and pain into telling this story. Love between parents and their children are driving factors for both or protagonists and their enemies. Further, we contend with the dehumanization of a young child in a world where magic does exist.
Artist Amanda Rachels and I met via kickstarter, so we’re very excited to bring the project full circle to the kickstarter audience. As we began discussing our first project, the plight of persons with albinism in Tanzania was the first topic I mentioned. To my surprise, not only was she familiar with the situation, but she had a passion for the project that equalled my own. Our path was set from that day forward.
Rewards for this kickstarter include a variety of cover and print options, trading card sets, custom artwork, and script reviews from Sterling Gates (Supergirl, Action Comics). Stretch rewards are to-be-announced.
As we move toward project launch, the Inverse Press website will not only provide updates on the story and character profiles, but will also link to topical news articles and videos. While local governments are expanding their efforts to protect persons with albinism, the culture of fear and ignorance lives on, and these people deserve to have their stories heard and their lives valued.
For updates follow us on twitter for regular project updates:
@raistlyne Erica J Heflin
@AmandaRachels Amanda Rachels
@InversePress Kevin LaPorte