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My name is Sal Abbinanti. If you go to comic cons, you might recognize me from the Alex Ross and Bill Sienkiewicz booths. But what you might not know is that, in addition to being an art dealer, I’m also an artist. My graphic novel THE HOSTAGE is loosely inspired by Brazilian religions, including the Umbanda and Ibeji, and the plight of kids living in the favelas.
When I was 25, I spent six months living in Rio de Janeiro. I was a starry eyed, full of shit college kid who went there for a Brazilian vacation of samba, nightlife, and beaches. To see the level of poverty, suffering, and death in Rio de Janeiro was eye opening. I will never forget it. THE HOSTAGE is my tribute to the amazing country and especially to the kids living in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
THE HOSTAGE tells the story of a group of street kids who are abandoned by society. They are dying everyday from poverty and gang violence. And so these kids join together to summon a mystical spirit who will protect them and avenge the deaths of their friends.
This has been a passion project of mine for over 20 years. Last year I committed myself to telling the story of THE HOSTAGE. The book is completely written, drawn, colored and designed—and, if fully funded, we will begin shipping in June 2021.
It was important to me to offer a PDF of THE HOSTAGE in both English and Portuguese, in addition to the hardcover which will be available. And there are levels at different tiers, including bookmarks, a sketchbook, limited edition lithographs from major artists, and more.
As of January 29th, this project has raised $31,000 of their $25,000 goal. This project has 27 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $10, you will get one PDF digital edition. For a pledge of $35, you will get one hardcover edition. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/420812560/the-hostage-a-graphic-novel-by-sal-abbinanti?