SORGHUM & SPEAR - Fantasy Graphic Novel & Animation Short
Our saga returns as the Forever War now calls upon Namazzi and the girls of the Eternal Realm. Executive produced by Nichelle Nichols.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, November 23 2018 6:13 PM UTC +00:00.
11/16/18 - Hip-Hop Artist RAPSODY joins SORGHUM & SPEAR as an Executive Producer and unlocks a new pledge tier!
11/15/18 - New Artists revealed on our SORGHUM & SPEAR campaign!
SORGHUM AND SPEAR is an African fantasy saga about young girls called to serve their people in a time of war during their ages of innocence. For a young farm girl named NAMAZZI who dreams of escaping the sleepy farm village of her birth, her life would be forever changed the day that monsters came there to find her.
This Kickstarter campaign will fund a 3 comic book length collected graphic novel that introduces and expands the fantasy world of SORGHUM & SPEAR. While we are a book-based project, we endeavor to a place where our inevitable successes will be hallmarked by our studio's foray into animation. We ALL deserve a SORGHUM & SPEAR: THE ANIMATED SERIES available to EVERYONE as our main stretch goal!
SORGHUM AND SPEAR is centered around the lives and stories of a mythical race of warrior women, known as the AN'FRE, who fight against a legion of demons to protect a rare and ancient artifact known as the LIFESEED. Created and guided by a living goddess known as ESHE, THE ALL-MOTHER who wields the Lifeseed, they have found a rise in power of their foes known as the ABIKU. The shifting tides of the FOREVER WAR now threatens to end their people, they call upon the last generation of girls to use their hidden powers and skills to save their world and their way of life. Each girl has their own voice and within the war's final outcome, and their decisions will impact the fate of the ETERNAL REALM. Our first story arc is called "HARVEST OF THE ALL MOTHER" which is an introduction to the major characters as the goddess ESHE has summoned all the children of the realm to the holy city of NGOLO ADE to become recruits in the holy war against the ABIKU demons. NAMAZZI discovers she is one of the ASCENDED, a rare and powerful descendents of the FIRST DAUGHTERS, who were imbued with fantastic powers and abilities. Her ascension is heralded as a prophetic return to glory of the An'Fre women and she is thrust into the forefront of a war filled with intrigue, politics and many more machinations that work unseen by most.
Our storyline follows our main character NAMAZZI, a young farm girl who lives in a hidden village atop a sacred mountain, separated and forgotten by both sides of the conflict. The people of MARDURI know nothing of the war below, and she is preparing for a rite of womanhood ceremony along with the other girls in the village. As she considers a chance to leave the village or remain with her family, their village is attacked by a horde of goblins lead by a mysterious looking pair or demons, who begin to capture the girls and raze the village. NAMAZZI discovers she is one of the ASCENDED, a powerful and ancient warrior clan that have fantastic abilities. As she and the girls seek to escape, they are rescued and taken to the holy city of NGOLO-ADE, where all the young girls of the realm are being trained to use their abilities and skills to stop a growing army of demons and monsters coming to end the Forever War once and for all. Here, they struggle with this new reality in various ways, as throughout the realm, the larger conversations of how to handle the threat show that not all An’fre agree with the ways of the Goddess-Queen.
And yes, we're working on an ANIMATED SERIES! The funding of this endeavor and its popularity only adds to the momentum our series has already received! Take a look at our animatic pitch so far, to which we have icon and living legend NICHELLE NICHOLS as an Executive Producer and voiceover talent:
If this is something you want to see fully realized, then your support of our project and helping us grow our social presence is key!
So just what is Sorghum anyway?
We always get this question, so let's talk about the mighty SORGHUM plant!
Sorghum noun sor·ghum \ˈsȯr-gəm\ Sorghum is an ancient cereal grain that grows tall like corn and is highly versatile and found throughout most African, Asian and Latin countries. Sorghum Stalks and Grain Sorghum Stalks and Grain In the United States, sorghum is used as livestock feed and turned into ethanol. It’s a popular crop to grow within the drier regions of the States because it is drought resistant. This quality made it a popular crop in Africa — where it has been growing for over 4,000 years. Sorghum is thought to have been introduced to America from Africa, making its way over on slave ships in the pockets of the enslaved. Today, sorghum can trace its historic expansion from Africa into every corner of the world.
Sorghum finds a lot of representation in this series. The analogy is found in the growth and development of the young girls we follow as well as the diaspora of sorghum to influence the world much like the people and culture of Africa into other civilizations. And there exist many more that we will explore as our series grows and develops!
Why are you creating this story? Why is it important?
Every girl should see herself as a heroine. What we see and where we experience it matters. How young people, especially young People of Color, interpret their place in the world, solidify their value systems and define their self-worth along engaging their peers in drawing their social standards occurs earlier and earlier in their lives. If there is a dearth of representation and inclusion of their identities, cultures and acceptance of who they are, just as they are, then we as a creative community have failed them. We must be the change we want to see in our world.
The Eternal Realm is a place of might and magic, where many women-led civilizations interact in both peace and conflict outside of the Forever War.
Magic was once plentiful in the Realm, but there has been a force that somehow began to prohibit its use. Practitioners of magic and mysticism are not sure what has happened, but that there is a greater disturbance among the balance of the Ancient ways.
The world is protected by the creator of the Eternal Realm and of the An'Fre women, the living goddess, ESHE. Using the ancient relic known as the LIFESEED, she created the An'Fre women to guard the Realm and to enjoy a peaceful and prosperous life. To the south of the realm, she resides in the holy city of NGOLO-ADE, where along with the constituents of the surrounding queendoms and provinces, they prepare for the final battle with the ABIKU.
Our Executive Producer Nichelle Nichols contemplates her role as Eshe as we ask her "What is is like to be a Goddess?"
NAMAZZI carries a look of beauty and nobility, even though raised as a simple farmhand. She has a basic and honest expectation of goodness and right in the world, which lends to a bit of naiveté in her experiences beyond the sorghum fields she has always known. Namazzi is a faithful ally and friend, whose newfound abilities and responsibilities sometimes gets the better of her. Boasting superior strength, damage resistance and battle acumen, she can become a formidable opponent when challenged and is only beginning to understand the great power she now holds. Once she comes into possession of a powerful artifact called the SPEAR OF HOPE, Namazzi finds herself becoming a beacon for intrigue and danger as the many threads of the Forever War seem interwoven into her destiny.
Aloof, playful and powerful, the caster DEMBE wields exceptional magical talents, even for a Vodun Priestess. Prodigious beyond her years, she can influence the elements and nature, open rifts between the Mortal plane and the Twilight Realm to travel great distances and is rumored to have other Gifts yet displayed to her Overseers. She has little room for humility or formality, except when it gets her what she wants. Dembe is a bit arrogant given her newly discovered high status in An’Fre culture and can come off as remote to most. Given that Vodun is considered wild magic, whose practice is seen as sacrilegious by An'Fre law, her upbringing in the Spires could at best be described as noble internment within the city walls. Now freed from a life of isolation, she is quickly forgetting the limitations of her earlier days and is making up for lost time.
GUHIJI a member of the Tumari huntresses of the Geterap Plains, a culture of ancient and nomadic hunter-gatherers who travel alongside their traditional game of bison and gazelle on the Old Path. Guhiji plays two different roles in this story. She is a capable archeress, tracker and plainsrunner. She is extremely agile and physically conditioned, a bit taller and sinewy than the other girls from constant training since her youth. Her second duty is being the youngest councilwoman of the Converged, a group of representatives hailing from each of the Queendoms of the Eternal Realm. Here we find her natural grace and poise translating into the political arena, where she is equally formidable. Guhiji is always thinking ahead, and of others, leaving her contemplative and quiet in most circumstances. While she is a born leader, it is not a role she is comfortable with and often defers the mantle to others.
A traveling storyteller with little information about her own heritage, MARLANNAH was ceremoniously abandoned as a youth by her tribe in a customary Griot tradition. She has a Gift known as Ancestral Knowledge, where she can access old memories of those who have passed on into Twilight, gleaming secrets and insights on almost any cultural lore or legend. Marlannah likes the idea of forming lasting friendships and belonging somewhere, but has trouble being close to those she knows she is destined to eventually leave. As a Griot, her role is to learn about the world and to pass knowledge from one place to another through song and story. The Forever War and her bond with the other girls are both things that she struggles to process as she sees the larger story unfolding in front of them.
Known as The Mother Of All, The First Woman, and The Bright Lady, ESHE THE ALL-MOTHER is a mystical being of great power and ancient ancestry. She is both the protector of the An'Fre women and their living deity. Her words and laws are what are known to her people as THE WAY OF SILK AND STONE, or the ruling doctrine of many of the civilizations that look towards the holy city of NGOLO ADE as their political and spiritual center. To the Ascended of her kind, she is a resource and a bastion of hope against the encroaching ABIKU demons. The All-Mother has recently decreed that every young woman must make a holy pilgrimage to Ngolo-Ade to serve in defense of the Eternal Realm; becoming recruits-in-training for a final stand against the threat of the ABIKU.
The ABIKU, also known in their legion with other monsters of the realm as the SPORA, have long been the enemies of the An'Fre women and the other denizens of the Eternal Realm. In contrast to their own magical origins, Abiku can appear as male or female and have transformed into a cultured society of their own over past generations. Now wielding metals, crafted armor, and new magic abilities, the threat they pose to the An'Fre has grown substantially.
NOTE: For many of our reward tiers, we are proud to provide artisan jewelry from the not-for-profit organization PROJECT HAVE HOPE! Project Have Hope is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that seeks to empower women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda by providing education to both the women and their children and assisting the women to establish business opportunities to promote economic stability and sustainability. Our mutual goal is to provide empowerment, at all levels, to each woman. Providing education across the board empowers women and gives them much-needed tools to create a brighter future. Project Have Hope has tapped into the artistry and industriousness of these extraordinary women. The women make beautiful, colorful jewelry from paper (and other materials). We have developed markets for these individual works of art and use the revenue to fund educational and economic programs. In this way, the women are actually using their skills and hard work to help pull themselves out of poverty.
During our last campaign, we collaborated with PHH and were able to fund a sustainability farm on behalf of our backers, a special opportunity that has actually created a legacy that all of us are ecstatic to be a part of.
We at Greene County Creative felt it a much more altruistic gesture for this campaign to support and learn from these women's history and heritage while drawing inspiration from their true life story to tell our fictional one. We figured you have enough t-shirts, right?
Now onward to the goodness!
Seeds Of Change - 50$ Pledge Tier
Seeds of Change Bracelet (Various Colors): This Imani Bracelet (Faithful Person) is handcrafted from paper beads and is strung through a metal pin and attached to thick elastic for a comfortable fit, yet bold design. During checkout, we will have several colors for you to choose from! Select this pledge level to make a true change in someone's life and claim your bracelet as well as receive the Sorghum & Spear: Book One Physical Tier!
The Caster - Carved Bone Bracelet - 75$ Pledge Tier
These wrist bracelets are hand-carved from dyed squares of bone and strung together with black glass beads onto an elastic loop. Actual designs may vary. Each bracelet is also packaged in a separate organza gift bag with a regional story card. The Vodun ways are rarely knownd to to outsiders, so claim yours before it's too late!
Queen of Coin Collectible Tier - $75 Pledge Tier
NEW TIER UNLOCKED!
Path to Wisdom - $300 Tier
Enjoy an exclusive package of signed SORGHUM & SPEAR art from Hip-Hop artist and newest Executive Producer Rapsody! Her charracter embodies her lyrical prominence, thirst for knowledge and cultural insight as our travelling storyteller. Included in this package is a personalized autgorahed vinyl pressing of her 2 X Grammy nominated album "Laila's Wisdom" as well as all art prints releases of her character MARLANNAH.
Hand of The All-Mother - $400 Tier
Have our graced by the hand fo the creator herself as this extremely limited tier offers signed SORGHUM & SPEAR materials by Eshe herself, the priceless NICHELLE NICHOLS.
A rare signed copy of the original Sorghum & Spear-SIMIDAN book, Sheeba Maya Art Print and our newest Graphic Novel will be yours to treasure. Any unlocked ESHE items that are added for signature will be included at no additional cost.
NEW TIER UNLOCKED!
Celestial Touch Original Art Portrait - $3000 Tier
Own the original painted original 16 X 20 Painting "The All-Mother Eshe" by artisan Toni L. Taylor! Initially created for the SORGHUM & SPEAR campaign as a fine art print to celebrate our Graphic Novel launch, a unique blessing to truly own a legacy piece of the Sword & Soul movement has been made available by Ms. Taylor. The fantastic talent of our Honored Artist is usually reserved for private collectors but has reached a celestial peak with her homage to our goddess, ESHE, a vision of the iconic Nichelle Nichols. Specific care for shipping will be set up upon our campaign close. All tier rewards from "The Way of Silk and Stone" will be included as well.
Sorghum & Spear Art Prints - Various Tiers or $15 Add On
A hallmark of SORGHUM & SPEAR has been our visual artistry and appreciation of the diversity of our artisans and reflecting upon their stories to tell our own. We have a team of amazing artists that have gifted us with their talents in creating these unique art prints for the SORGHUM & SPEAR world. Our 11 x 17 premium glossy art prints are formatted on heavy stock paper and delivered by flat-mail folders to ensure you are able to frame and enjoy them as the works of art they are meant to be.
As we reach our stretch goals, we have other prints and artists that will become available throughout our campaign. As we become fully funded, we will reveal our special variant artist for this campaign to be featured on the Hardcover edition of our graphic novel.
Unlocked Art Prints
Enjoy our newest artistic endeavors as an 11 x 17 glossy print on heavy stock paper, perfect for framing and indulging in the majesty of the Eternal Realm!
We appreciate your time and attention to the SORGHUM AND SPEAR project! We have much more to share and update as our project goes forward. Stay tuned and please join and promote our social presence:
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The date of delivery of all backer rewards is an estimated date that revolves around art printing, custom item creation and global fulfillment. We promise to be fully engaged and available with our backers and update our progress and expectations of delays if they should arise.
A final word of advice from The All-Mothe on finding your creative voice:
Thank YOU for your Love and Support of SORGHUM & SPEAR!
Greene County Creative
Risks and challenges
We have previously delivered a thoughtful and completed Kickstarter for the SORGHUM & SPEAR: SIMIDAN prequel, and now look forward to rewarding our backers with a new effort. Many lessons of project finalization and fulfillment were learned and taken to heart as communication and transparency remain our mainstays. Our vendors are in place to deliver a spectacular project as expected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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