Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios has announced a new graphic novel by David Jesus Vignolli, said to blend fantasy and history while exploring the cartoonist’s personal heritage by telling a story about the European discovery of the Americas. The book is hitting stores next Summer from BOOM!’s Archaia imprint.
The discovery of the Americas forever changed the landscape of the world as cultures collided with violent consequences. But there’s another story you don’t know, one of a supernatural force that united a heroic trio in opposition – a Native Indian seeking revenge against those who invaded her land, an African musician fighting for freedom against those who enslaved him, and a Portuguese sailor in search of redemption. These three unlikely heroes, connected by fate, will work together to free the New World from the darkness of the old.
NEW WORLD is a timely story about the ways our differences unite us in our darkest hours, intertwining the cultures of Vignolli’s personal heritage to explore the European discovery of the Americas with a vibrant blend of fantasy and history.
Writing NEW WORLD for me was like digging deep into the roots of my ancestry. I have a black mother originating from the slaves brought to Brazil by Portuguese sailors and a white father whose forefathers came from Portugal and Italy and, somewhere along the way some Native Indian folks in my family tree. NEW WORLD is set in 16th century around the time America was discovered, and it tells the story of the encounter of those three continents: America, Africa and Europe, through the eyes of a young Native American girl. Although it’s a fantasy it’s based on real historical facts. In a way, NEW WORLD is the story of how I came into being.
Look for in stores in August 2019.