Seijas And Nahuelpan-Bustamante Explore The Supernatural Side Of Jamaican Crime In ‘Duppy ’78’ [Preview]
Between like half a dozen Paranormal Activity films and every 13th pretty vampire franchise, sometimes it seems like supernatural storytelling can get stagnant. Fortunately for those who enjoy the expertly researched and recontextualized horror of comic book greats like Shigeru Mizuki and Mike Mignola, the team of writer (and former CA contributor) Casey Seijas and artist Amancay Nahuelpan-Bustamante is willing to go the extra mile in their upcoming graphic novel, Duppy ’78. Drawing from Caribbean and Rastafarian lore, the pair have worked to present a Jamaican crime story that may just define your take on the malevolent spirits known as “duppies” when it drops in February through Com.X.
From Com.X’s official solicitation info:
Three crime lords fight for control using black market guns, potent narcotics, and young mystics called “Obeah.” These children possess the power to control the Duppy – malevolent spirits known throughout Rastafarian culture as a source of mischief and harm. When one of the crime lords is killed, the Jamaican capital is thrown into chaos as the remaining factions vie for control, and race to find his now-orphaned Obeah – rumored to be the most powerful of them all. A re-imagining of Jamaican and Rastafarian ghost stories, told in the context of a 1978 gangland drama. Voodoo, violence and vilification.
You can read six pages from Duppy ’78 below.