The Newborn saga is an epic fantasy series set in ancient Africa. Long ago a great ancient EVIL sort to engulf creation the celestial council came together and created a solution to this uprising. They created the NEWBORN spirits, pure in heart and noble in the cause of regaining balance in the realms of existence. They vanquished the evil threat and banished it to eternal darkness. Millenniums have passed and a curse EONS old is set in motion to unleash terror once more.
The chronicles of the Newborn is inspired by myth, legends, legacies and historical events from all over Africa.
CHRONICLES OF THE NEWBORN ISSUE #O
SCENES FROM ISSUE #O
You can download this issue #0 for free at www.newbornsaga.com and witness the birth of this saga. This issue was launched September 2015 at the 2015 Lagos comic convention and won the most oriented African comic award at the just concluded 2016 Lagos comic convention.
The team behind this issue:
- Illustration - Peter Daniel
- Colours - Ikechukwu Obiakor, Jide Olusanya, Femi Famutimi
THE MOST ORIENTED AFRICAN COMIC - LAGOS COMIC CON 2016
The objective of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds to complete the volume 1. We have issues 1- 5 ready, all that is left is Issues 6-8 of the Newborn Saga. Print 500 copies, which is 150 pages of pure African art in graphic novel and ready the merchandise for you.
CHRONICLES OF THE NEWBORN - RISE OF THE MLEZI VOLUME 1
Volume 1 "DAWN OF CHAOS" is the continuation of issue 0. As we follow the young prince who is being manipulated by ORGANDI himself. The MABAYA ANAKUJA an evil sect of the MAKAZI who are loyal worshippers to the dark-lord ORGANDI have assemble to ensure the return of their evil deity. The Newborn spirits are lost, scattered all over Africa, unaware of their Great destiny. Princess Komi is charged with the mandate to re-unite the NEWBORN warriors and save mankind from desolation and destruction. Will ORGANDI have his way ? please obtain the book and join us in this Amazing epic adventure.
Renowned to be the only man to have killed two lions single handedly at the same time and wears them as his everlasting trophies. He hails from the ancient tribe of Ndigbo, a warrior by nature , hero by heart, armed with Nmanjor made out of the finest bronze with spiritual powers, he too is awaken to the call of the Mlezi. A fearless warrior from the ancient NRI kingdom a subgroup of the igbo people of south eastern Nigeria in West Africa. The Nri kingdom was founded by a priestly king called ERI who was believed to be a descendant of one of the sons of Jacob, the NRI kingdom is the center point and origin of the culture, tradition, politics of the Igbo people. It is the oldest kingdom in NIGERIA and one of the oldest in sub-Saharan Africa.
Born a princess raised a warrior and chosen by fate to fulfill the prophecy of the Mlezi. As she uncovers her role in the salvation of the motherland, she soon realizes the gravity of her status. She hails from the ancient Asante or Ashanti empire subgroup of the meta ethnic Akan people. The Asante empire were known to be very warring and wealthy tribe and was founded by Ossie tutu 1 and a Merlin like sorcerer Akomfo Anokye.
A noble king searches for the truth untold, unrealizing he is the answer he’s been searching for. He is a fierce warrior Bantu king of the ancient kingdom of Zimbabwe also known as the great Zimbabwe . This Kingdom was founded by the Shona people who are related tribe of the Zulu and Xhosa people of the kingdom of Zimbabwe presently located at republic Zimbabwe, Southern Africa.
ARAALI THE MONK-
Returned home to put an end to slavery. As the plot thickens, a greater evil unveils itself and puts our young hero on a path of self realization. The young and fearless warrior who hails from the Buganda kingdom of present day Uganda, Eastern Africa. He was adopted and en-cultured into the powerful Gelug sect of the Tibetan Buddhism.
After the ascension of her great ancestor 'Sango‘, the king that never died, she swore to protect her people from evil. Taken upon her title like the mother of the orishas. Highly skilled in combat but without knowledge of an even greater destiny ahead. Yejidaa is a decendant of Sango the thunder god. She hails from the ancient Oyo empire which was founded by prince Oranmiyan the grandson of Oduduwa the founder of the Yoruba nation of Southwest Nigeria.
Torn from his family by ravaging marauders. Death could not hold his unbreakable thirst for revenge and without a glimmer of his uncanny destiny as a newborn. The unbreakable as he has come to be known hails from the ancient kingdom of kongo which was founded by lukeni lua nim. The kingdom of kongo is located in Northern Angola, Cabinda, the Republic of Congo and the Western portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He roams the desert sands as a mercenary, a hired reaper, loyal to no one. Drawn from a past of vengeance and desolation, but the ancient still favors him yet. He is an Arabized berber of the Almoravid empire which is the first Berber empire and was co-founded by Yusuf ibn tashfin. The Almoravids are the founders of the beautiful ancient city of Marrakesh which is also the first Berber city located in present day Morocco, Northwest Africa.
Born from two diverse nations, built to be a fisherman. After the betrayal of his king he finds a new path to fulfill his calling as the Mlezi foretold. A warrior who hails from a riverine tribe of fishermen called ijos or Izons, which are known today as the Ijaws. This riverine tribe was founded by a man believed to be a sky being called Ujo. The present day Ijaws are located at the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Born to a clan of witchcraft but her noble nature calls for redemption. The amazon is aware of her destiny foretold by the Mlezi and it calls for her greatest task. The sorceress hails from the great lakes kingdom of Kitara, East African communities of today claim the heritage of this legendary kingdom, ruled by demigods with creative powers. The kitara empire was founded by Ruhanga.
An immortal, drawn to darkness by his insatiable need for power, the voodoo priest seeks out retribution for his transgressions. As he hurtles through existence he may yet find absolution. Origin unknown, some say he is older than the Egyptian Dynasty.
MABAYA ANAKUJA ( ADVERSARIES )-
In existence, everything has its opposite. Good and evil, light and darkness, the ying to every yang. We pause for α moment to look at the adversaries in this epic tale. The annihilation Clan of Death and Destruction (Machafuko watu) will be bringing all they have like never before. They won't back down in their quest for total domination and destruction.
NOTE : as the story unfolds more character from different regions of Africa will be brought to light.
Below are some scenes of upcoming issues in this epic series, every panel is carefully orchestrated to expand your imagination and take you to ancient Africa.
Original concept development design (over a decade ago)
The Newborn project began over a decade ago, The development went through several changes due to constant research on African history, myth and legacies. .
AGUALA 2001 AGUALA NOW
The new born saga tells the story of African culture by merging everything we love in an action packed fantasy and adventure while highlighting its rich historic culture in the colorful pages of the comic. Telling the African history has been an astronomical task, getting the story right, producing the art and delivering the full story takes careful planning and tons of work. The New Born Saga is something we consider unique to help educate and tell the world about the rich African culture and heritage. Kickstarter is a platform that helps creators bring their passion and dreams to reality by connecting them with like minds who directly express their support financially to produce and bring their creativity to life and to the world at large. Also we want to maintain creative control so we can hand the original concept and inspiration directly to you.
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- We at pedastudio are very conscious of quality and delivery so we have gone through tons of planning to get the rewards ready for our backers. That said, we are making high quality T-shirts, hand crafted sculptured pieces and printing high quality graphic novels with limited edition posters. All prints and logistics will be made by a recommended kickstarter service provider. This will be closely monitored by our project/ campaign manager who resides in the USA.
- Graphic novel production: Illustrator, colorist and graphics fees $2000
- Printing and merchandise: $3,900
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1. Peter C Daniel:
Peter Daniel is the lead illustrator, concept designer and creator of the "NEWBORNSAGA". He's also the creator of the "AMAZING TEKKIDS" a comic book that teaches kids values and how to plan for the future. He is an experienced IT consultant, a big time geek and loves video games.
Bukola Sulu is an accountant who lives and works in Dallas, USA. She is an art lover and co- writer of the THE NEWBORNSAGA. She is the project and campaign manager for this epic saga.
3. Ayodele Elegba:,
Ayodele Elegba, fondly known as the dreammaker among Nigeria’s comic/animation industry is a seasoned veteran in the Nigerian comic industry with over a decade of experience under is belt. He is the creator of many successful comic stories and characters like Strikeguard, Vantage and Area Daddy. Elegba is the founder/Convener and chief organizer of Lagos Comic Con, rated widely as the biggest geek event in West Africa, serving as both an umbrella and a launch pad for diverse and immensely talented players in the Nigerian comics/animation industry. He is the founder and Managing Director of Spoof Animation, a leading content producer in comics, animations, motion graphics etc.
Isaiah Gibson is a director of photography, with passion for story writing. He is knowledgeable in world history but discovers that african history has been ignored so he teams up with renowned pan african artist Peter Daniel to produce this african epic fantasy titled Newborn as a major platform to tell the world the rich history of Africa.
5. Alexander Ighoja:
Alex Ighoja, also known as Rudewerks is a professional illustrator and creator who works and lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He has contributed to the growing comic industry as well as the emerging game community in the country. From character designs to content creation for gaming, and also drafting storyboards for animation and film. Rudewerks art form has been featured on some art blogs and has won a few fan awards online. Rudewerks is serving as a contributing illustrator as well as content editor for pedastudio comic book projecproject the Newborn Saga.
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Every project comes with its challenges, but this is what we are here to do. We have some experience in production from the launch of our issue #0 and with our skilled project/campaign manager, we are sure to fulfill everyone's desired request. We believe in continuity so making sure we deliver is our highest priority. We'll make sure to keep all our kickstater backers updated about the projects including any changes in delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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