The Story of Wake
Women warriors planned and led slave revolts on slave ships during the Middle Passage. They fought their enslavers throughout the Americas. And then they were erased from history.
This graphic novel tells the story of one woman’s quest to uncover their stories. But in the process, she learns that the power of resistance, buried in the past, is still very much alive.
Historian Dr. Rebecca Hall is driven by a sense of being haunted by the past. Her grandmother was born the property of Squire Sweeney in Howard County, Missouri in 1860. Though the standard history books insist that enslaved women were unsuited for planning or leading revolts, Rebecca keeps searching for the deeper stories. She learns from old court records, newspaper articles, captains’ logs of slave ships, insurance policies, correspondence, and even the bones of enslaved women from the “negro burying ground” uncovered in Manhattan.
She finds women warriors everywhere.
Wake: The Hidden History of Women-led Slave Revolts brings these women’s stories graphically to life.
Follow their stories into the slave ships during the Middle Passage, where women risked certain death in a final fight for their freedom. Follow them through the founding of New York City, in stories that radically reshape our notions of slavery’s role in the U.S. Follow Rebecca’s own story of resistance, as she faces the forces of white supremacy and patriarchy continuing to shape her own life -- both as a successful attorney and later as a historian seeking the past that haunts her.
The past is gone. But we still live in its wake.
Risks and challenges
If we are able to get this project funded, we should have no problem quickly getting it ready for submission to publishers. We can devote our full energy to getting it done. This Dr. Hall's life work. She is the expert in the field of women and slave revolts in the British slave trade and in Colonial America. She has published her work in academia. Although this is her first graphic novel, She has spent the past year educating herself on how to write for this powerful medium. Hugo, our amazing artist, has been drawing comics his whole life.
a large publisher who has expressed interest in this project has asked us to submit 10 pages, fully inked and lettered, a full story outline for the 150 page graphic novel, and 30 pages of script. We can do this, with your support. Here is the budget for this project:
Penciling, inking lettering 8 page teaser and cover spread: $2000.00
Travel for creative team meetings: $500.00
Marketing and promotional material:$400.00
Writer’s per page rate @ $100 x 30 pages: $3000.00
Total: $5900.00Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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