Sword of the Free is a 52 page historical fantasy whose purpose is to entertain as well as expose readers to interesting points in history.
The story begins in 16th century Japan and follows Jin, a wandering warrior on a quest to find and confront the legendary samurai Yasuke. During his travels he makes a chance encounter with an orphaned girl that will change his life forever. Jin is a man of peace, yet the path before him is paved with blood and steel.
Being completely transparent, this is our first project and we're proud to say that this book is truly something special. The story is about the history of the world, so multiculturalism is at its center. Though Jin is a completely fictitious character, Yasuke on the other hand, was actually quite real. What makes Yasuke such an interesting historical figure is the fact that he was not only an extremely skilled Samurai, he was also a foreigner, an African.
Legend has it that he came to Japan with the Jesuit. Some believe he was a mercenary, while others believe he was a slave. There's evidence that supports both ideas and this book has even more to add. Not much is known about Yasuke, but the idea behind this project is to take what we DO know, and weave that into an interesting narrative. That's where our protagonist comes in.
Jin is designed as a sort of, missing link. With his search for Yasuke, he personifies ours own. So through his story we can find him together. Jin himself has a very layered story, which we'll see unfold as the series progresses.
As mentioned before, he is a wanderer. He has been to many places and seen many things. He's made allies on his adventures, but he's made even more enemies.
Still, NOTHING could have prepared him for what's to come.
The elements of fantasy in the story can be found in Jin's interactions with mythological beings. In Japan, he'll encounter Oni, Kitsune, Tengu and many other Yokai. There's also a mysterious dark power that swells within him.
What could it be?
Interestingly enough, this project began as song but somewhere along the way it evolved. It went from one track, to two. To an EP, to an LP, to album art, to a bonus comic, and finally a 52 page graphic novel.
And this is only the beginning.
Representation is so important, and we plan to represent quite a few things with this series. Anything you could give to support this project would be extremely helpful, and very much appreciated. The various tiers of support, along with their rewards, are listed on this page. In our world, you can become whatever you choose to be. From the humble villager, to a god among men. Through your support, you can choose to simply experience the story, enjoy exclusive bonuses, or even directly influence the next book!
Our team is made up of some extremely talented individuals.
The Writer and Creator of Sword of the Free is Frank Yeiger. Being born and raised in a place with a history as rich as Birmingham Alabama, historical accounts have always fascinated him. This is his first professional project, but what he lacks in experience he more than makes up for with his passion. He is extremely meticulous when constructing a story and takes inspiration from a variety of influences. Western Comics, Anime/Manga, Video Games and Film have directly shaped his creative process, and worldview. His main focuses are multiculturalism and social commentary, but more than anything he loves a good battle. Join the fray.
Our Penciler is Wong Ko'e. Wong is a phenomenal Indonesian artist who uses his skills to bring our characters to life. He also has his own historical fiction book entitled "The Patriot", which follows the story of Mulan. There was a strong language barrier between us, so communication could be difficult at times. We refused to allow that to stop our shared vision. We used translator programs for short bursts of each other's languages, then used pictures and hand drawn sketches to convey the rest. It's amazing how accurately you can communicate an idea, without relying on words.
Hailing from Austin Texas, Peyton Freeman is our Color Artist. He's worked on projects such as The Box, WAR, 5 Seconds, and L.I.S. His knowledge and experience have been invaluable to the success of this project. He works quickly, and has a mastery of color theory and application. We wouldn't have made it this far without him.
Below you will find a few sample pages that will give you an idea of what to expect with this book.
And again, we appreciate your support.
Risks and challenges
There is virtually no risk of this book not releasing. Our team has quietly worked on this project for over 3 years to research, ensure quality and adhere to budget constraints.
Now we're finally ready to put it in your hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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