Under the Cottonwood Tree - a Latinx fairy tale adventure
F E A T U R E D I N
"Virtuoso visual cuentista, brothers Paul and Carlos Meyer powerfully mesmerizes with this breathtaking epic. Margaret Hardy's kinetic paneling, deft line work, and earthy color palette bring to life a New Mexico and people many might be familiar with, but never really knew. The Meyer brothers awaken us to a world where animals speak, humans willy-nilly shape-shift, and curanderas need healing. With Under the Cottonwood Tree, Paul and Carlos Meyer assuredly joins our pantheon of Southwest greats: Rudolfo Anaya, Willa Cather, and N. Scott Momaday."
—Frederick Luis Aldama, editor recently of Tales from la Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology and author of the Eisner Award winning Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics
From a dream to the page . . .
When Paul Meyer was a young boy, he had a strange and unforgettable dream about a talking calf. Older brother Carlos took that dream and based a short story on it, The Calf, the Caterpillar and the Curandera with illustrations by his eldest brother, Julius Meyer. The short story was included in the Grito Del Sol anthology by famed Chicano publisher Octavio I. Romano of Tonatiuh-Quinto Sol Publications—the same publisher who brought the world the classic novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya.
We are now excited to present the story's latest incarnation . . .
Under the Cottonwood Tree: El Susto de la Curandera, is a full color 166 page New Mexican/Latinx folklore adventure graphic novel for readers of all ages, written by Paul Meyer and Carlos Meyer and illustrated by Margaret Hardy.
You can download the first chapter of the book here: FREE PREVIEW
In the deep confines of the beautiful and majestic Rio Grande bosque, a tale is told of a simpler time concerning the rich tri-cultured communities of New Mexico.
The journey begins with a magic spell cast by a Curandera (a medicinal healer who uses traditional remedies and herbs) which turns mischievous Carlos Lucero into a calf.
It is now up to his older brother, Amadeo, to find a way to change him back. In their quest, Amadeo, Carlos, and their friend Monree find themselves facing an assortment of perilous adventures. They manage to elude a firebombing owl, a giant tree monster, a bloodthirsty coyote, and the clutches of the legendary giant Native American beast, Tsah-ve-voh who eats misbehaving children!
Things only get worse when Carlos morphs from a calf into a caterpillar. The Lucero children decide that their only chance of breaking the spell is to confront the Curandera. However, all hope is lost when she captures them! Soon, the Curandera will realize her ultimate plan of turning everyone in the village into animals. But why?
Amadeo discovers that the Curandera wasn't always evil. Long ago she helped the villagers by healing the sick and giving spiritual guidance. However, a terrible tragedy caused her to suffer from the "Susto," a soul that is off-balance.
In the end, Amadeo changes everything with a simple act of kindness. The Curandera regains her faith. The spell is reversed, but not before a final confrontation between the Curandera and her long lost friend who forces her to make the ultimate decision between being stuck in the past and embracing the future!
The next day, new friendships are formed and old ones renewed as the entire village gathers to celebrate the Feast of Santo Nino, ending the tale. The tale of forgiveness and charity. The tale of family and friendship. The tale of two brothers and a wise old healer.
Paul and Carlos Meyer
Growing up in the north valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico along the Rio Grande and amongst the cottonwood trees of the bosque (forest) gave the Meyer brothers a setting to have exciting adventures as children and they hope to capture this ambience in their story telling. Tracing their roots to the original Spanish settlements of the late sixteenth century in New Mexico as well as their Native American bloodline the brothers feel it is an honor to be able to tell a story that is rich in history and tradition, combined with a large dose of magic and wonder. While Paul spent many years in Hollywood after High School, Carlos remained home earning a degree in journalism while working at his grandfather’s ranch in northern New Mexico. With Under the Cottonwood Tree the authors hope to shine a light on the culture of the Hispano/mestizo/native people of New Mexico.
Hailing from the Midwest, Margaret Hardy is a movie poster designer and artist based in Hollywood. Her love of illustration, nature, folklore, and fantasy stories inspired her work on Under the Cottonwood Tree.
Risks and challenges
Everything is inked, flatted, lettered, and in the final stages of coloring! If there are any unforeseen hurdles, we will keep you updated. This project has been in the works for years and we are excited to finally share it with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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