In February, former Vertigo editor Casey Seijas and artist Amancay Nahuelpan are taking comics fans to 1970s Jamaica with the Com.X graphic novel Duppy ’78. Into the capital of Kingston to be exact, to follow a fictional gang war that runs the gamut from drugs to guns to voodoo. The situation goes from bad to worse when one of the crime lords is assassinated, putting into play a child practitioner of voodoo arts and master of what Rastafarian religion calls ghosts, duppy.
Seijas has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive five-page preview of the graphic novel, as well as a description of the book and this excerpt:
Former Vertigo editor Casey Seijas has a story he wants to tell — a story about Jamaican gangsters, Rastafarian ghost stories and the dark summer of 1978 in Kingston.
In the upcoming graphic novel Duppy ’78, by Seijas and artist Amancay Nahuelpan, a group of Jamaican crime lords are fighting to control ancient and malevolent Rastafarian spirits known as the Duppy. When one of the crime lords is killed over control of these spirits, the Kingston underworld erupts as the remaining players vie for control over the Duppy and the young mystics who are said to be able to control them. Mixing Jamaican history and Rastafarian religious ideas, Duppy ’78 looks to meld two distinct genres into something that could be surprises.