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Emnet's trip to Ethiopia turns into an adventurous discovery of the past.  Written in 2 languages & Created by an ALL AFRICAN team!
Emnet's trip to Ethiopia turns into an adventurous discovery of the past. Written in 2 languages & Created by an ALL AFRICAN team!
367 backers pledged $12,188 to help bring this project to life.

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STRETCH GOAL REWARDS HAVE BEEN UNLOCKED!!! 

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THE STORY

HAWI is a historical fantasy story set in present day Ethiopia. When a mysterious stranger kidnaps the mother of 20 year old Ement Legesse on their first trip back to Ethiopia, she must embark on a life-altering adventure embedded with historical conflict. 

HAWI is inspired by the story of a 10th century AD Ethiopian Queen, Yodit Gudit. Yodit is known for the destruction of the Axumite empire. In Amharic (Ethiopian National Language), she is nicknamed “Esato”, meaning “Fire”, for her reputation of burning architectural landmarks and churches after battle victories. Evidences of her destruction still remain in the rock-hewn churches of northern Ethiopia. She is a subject of great mystery. Her motives have been lost in the records of time…..Or have they?  

WHAT THIS KICKSTARTER IS FOR?

Issue #1 is 100% scripted and art production is 20% complete. With your support, we will be able to cover the remaining cost for production (i.e. pay our talented African artists) and fund an initial print run for our book! 

Funds raised above and beyond our target will go into fulfilling stretch goal rewards for our backers and be invested back into future series of our books.

Check Out These Pages from Issue #1!

WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU BACK THIS CAMPAIGN? 

  •  Hawi Issue #1 is a 32-page full color comic (22 page of story + bonus content) in standard American comic size, printed on high-quality paper. Issue #1 will be available in two languages, English and Amharic (Ethiopian National Language). Though the storyline of the two books will be identical, we strictly avoid word-for-word translations. Instead, we write two independent scripts that use slangs and proverbs from each language to capture and express the essence of the story.  
  • Physical product backers have the opportunity to get JEMBER Issue #1 and Issue #2, the comic series of the first Ethiopian Superhero, at 40% discount [EXCLUSIVE deal only available on KICKSTARTER]!
  • At higher pledge levels, backers will access SIGNED copies of ALL books (HAWI and JEMBER Comic Books)! [EXCLUSIVE deal only available on KICKSTARTER]
  • At highest levels, LIMITED opportunities will be available to feature YOUR artwork, book, product or services on Hawi Issue #1. Leverage our growing reach of publications (+12,000 fans on social media) to introduce your content on our books! Content will be subject to review for appropriateness and relevance to our fans.
  • We also love partnering with local book shops and comic book retailers to get HAWI and JEMBER into the hands of more fans. That's why we created a BONUS LEVEL specifically for book store owners who love AFRICAN COMICS. This level comes with 50 books and FREE US shipping! [EXCLUSIVE deal only available on KICKSTARTER]

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WHY WE TELL THESE STORIES

 1) They are FRESH entertainment content 

If I asked you to name 5 African superheroes, with the exception of Black Panther (Marvel) and Vixen (DC Comics), would you be able to? Most can’t. That’s because there aren’t that many mainstream African fantasy stories.

Furthermore, the limited content available is mostly produced by non-Africans. As a result, the stories miss out on the complexities of African characters, the depth and dimension of each culture and rich history. 

If a story based on a fictional African country (Wakanda) was Box Office record entertaining, imagine the potential of stories more grounded in real African cultures, history and folk tale. Just as real historical events like World War II heighten the essence of Captain America or Wonder Woman’s story, we want to use our rich history to create layered, fresh, and entertaining stories. 

2) Our stories change mindsets 

Exaggerated generalizations about Africa and Africans are unfortunately quite common.  Listening to these incorrect generalizations repeatedly fosters self-doubt in young Africans. It can limit their dreams and aspirations. That’s why representation matters.

Your support goes far beyond the production of a comic book. It is to inspire that one girl to dream bigger, to see herself as a powerful and important member of society. It is to break stereotypes and to make the world a slightly better place than we found it.

Who We Are | ETAN COMICS UNIVERSE

Beserat Debebe | Founder of ETAN COMICS | Writer & Creator of JEMBER & HAWI
Beserat Debebe | Founder of ETAN COMICS | Writer & Creator of JEMBER & HAWI

I am Beserat Debebe, founder of ETAN COMICS and writer/creator of HAWI and JEMBER. I was born and raise in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I fell in love with superheroes and fantasy stories via video games, animation shows and movies I used to watch as a kid. After coming to the US, I was introduced to the world of comics and graphic novels. I used to spend my days in libraries and bookstores reading because I couldn’t afford them. 

After school + a few years in the corporate world, I built the courage to create the stories I’ve always wanted to see. In 2018, I partnered with amazing African artists Stanley Obende, Akanni Akorede, Rebecca Asah and Bezawit Getachew to publish the first two issues of JEMBER, the first Ethiopian Superhero Comic Book

The overwhelmingly positive response of our work got us featured on BBC, OkayAfrica, Weekendavisen, The Reporter, and many more! That’s why we could not be happier to be bringing our new storyline, HAWI, to you with the help of our newest team member Toyin "Morby" Ajetunmobi.  

Stanley Obende | Line Artist and Art Director of JEMBER & HAWI
Stanley Obende | Line Artist and Art Director of JEMBER & HAWI
Bezawit Getachew | Senior Editor of JEMBER & HAWI
Bezawit Getachew | Senior Editor of JEMBER & HAWI
Rebecca Asah | Letterer of JEMBER
Rebecca Asah | Letterer of JEMBER
Toyin "Morby" Ajetunmobi | Color Artist of HAWI
Toyin "Morby" Ajetunmobi | Color Artist of HAWI

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR WORKS

Check Out ‘Jember,’ the First Ethiopian Comic Book Super Hero | OkayAfrica 

First Ethiopian comic book hits the shelves | The Reporter 

ጀምበር፡ ከሰው የተለየ ኃይል ያለው ኢትዮጵያዊው ወጣት | BBC News Amharic

En superhelt fra Afrika | Weekendavisen – Denmark 

Jember – the first Ethiopian Superhero Comic Book: Tradition Meets Popular Culture – by Eleni Birhane | The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy 

Meet the Creator of Ethiopia’s First Comic Book | Culture Trip/

JEMBER featured on Ethiopian Television Broadcasting Service! 

Check out more reviews on our Instagram (@etancomics), Facebook Page (Etan Comics - Home of African Superheroes), or Twitter (@etancomics)!

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • KS Campaign lasts 3 weeks: March 19 - April 9th (Yep, THIS KICKSTARTER goes FAST!) 
  • If successful, KS Funds will be received: April 23rd 
  • Art production of remaining pages (Art + Color + Lettering) to be completed by: Mid June 
  • Book Printing + Other Rewards Production to completed by: Late June 
  • 2 weeks Buffer time for any Unexpected Issues will lead us to: Mid July 
  • Expected Shipment of Books & Rewards to Backers: Late July 


SHIPPING 

We will be handling fulfillment 100% in-house. That’s right. We want to make sure that everything arrives to our backers as quickly as possible and limit the potential for any unforeseen delays. Therefore, we will personally be overseeing fulfillment for every backer! 

All comics will be individually bagged & boarded to provide impact resistance from rough handling during shipment. Orders with multiple comics will also be packed as a bundle to provide additional protection.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CHECKING OUT OUR PROJECT! 

Nothing would make us happier than to have you join us in this journey. 

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You can also support us by SHARING our project with others. 

Seriously, it makes a BIG difference.

WITH THAT SAID, LET'S MAKE HISTORY!

Risks and challenges

Every project comes with risks and challenges throughout the production cycle. However, we have already produced 2 book projects successfully, handling every step of the production and shipping without any problems. We also work with established printers in North America, which means faster printing and delivery times for our backers compared to overseas printing.

The bottom line is we are committed to providing you with excellent service. If there are any unforseen hiccups along the way, you will be the first to know what they are and how we will be handling them. We believe in complete transparency.

This work also means a lot to us. It is not just a hobby or a short term gig. We are here to stay and do our best to make a difference. That's why we invite you to back our campaign with confidence, as we look forward to entertaining you for years to come!

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    LEVEL 1 - SPARK THE MATCH

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    • JEMBER Issue #1 [English] PRINT COPY
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    • JEMBER Issue #2 [English] PDF
    • JEMBER Issue #1 [Amharic] PRINT COPY
    • JEMBER Issue #1 [Amharic] PDF
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    LEVEL 7 - THE BLUE FLAME

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    • JEMBER Issue #1 [English] PRINT COPY
    • JEMBER Issue #1 [Amharic] PRINT COPY
    • JEMBER Issue #2 [English] PRINT COPY
    • JEMBER Issue #2 [Amharic] PRINT COPY
    • HAWI Issue #1 [English] PDF
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    • JEMBER Issue #1 [Amharic] PDF
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    • JEMBER Issue #1 [English] PRINT COPY
    • JEMBER Issue #1 [Amharic] PRINT COPY
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    BONUS LEVEL - BOOK STORE BUNDLE

    We love partnering with local book shops and comic book retailers to get HAWI and JEMBER into the hands of more fans. This BONUS level is for all book store owners who support AFRICAN COMICS!

    Includes:
    • 10× HAWI Issue #1 [English] PRINT COPY
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