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African Mythology Comic Series 'The Pack' Returns With Issue 2 Of Its Egyptian Saga

Paul Louise-Julie's African mythology comic series, 'The Pack,' returns with "Issue 2: Brothers Out of Bond."


All images courtesy of Paul Louise-Julie

The Pack is an "African mythology" graphic novel that debuted earlier this year. Conceived, written, and drawn by New Jersey-based French-Caribbean artist Paul Louise-Julie, the series is part of its creator's larger goal of creating a new mythology for the Black Diaspora. "Mythology is a fundamental part of civilization. It is the foundation upon which art, philosophy, and society are all based," Louise-Julie previously told us about the importance of mythology to the Diaspora. "Unfortunately, that foundation is missing in the Diaspora – or it’s been lost," he explained. "If we can regain that, we can regain our identity, which, in the end is everything. Identity is what determines the way the world sees you and consequently what you can contribute to it."

Each of the series' five seasons are broken down by region (North, East, West, South, Central), with each season comprised of about five sagas focusing on a particular kingdom or realm. "The idea is that with every saga, people will be introduced to another fantasy realm and thus, a unique look at Africa," Louise-Julie said when we spoke in April. The series opens in the north, beginning with the story of a pack of ancient Egyptian werewolves in issue 1. In an email, Louise-Julie shed some light on what to expect from issue 2:

"Issue 2: Brothers Out of Bond picks up right where A Wolf in Egypt left off. Khenti has escaped Pharaoh's stronghold and now races to Khufu to find his brother. We find out what happened to Nekhet and the Shadows in the Aftermath of Akhenon's assassination. We also see Khufu, the Old Capital and home of the pyramids.

Issue 2 took longer because it had 10 times more detail than Issue 1. Every Panel was painted in full detail like an Oil Painting. Many of the background sets were done by creating by High resolution Matte Paintings which were then inserted using Green Screen. The story is much more action packed and you start to see the much bigger world that the Pack live in."

Issue 2 of The Pack is out now and available for purchase on iBooks and Kindle. For more, read our interview with The Pack's creator, Paul Louise-Julie, and keep up with the series on Facebook.

'The Pack,' Issue 2: Brothers Out of Bond (Courtesy of Paul Louise-Julie)

'The Pack,' Issue 2: Brothers Out of Bond (Courtesy of Paul Louise-Julie)

'The Pack,' Issue 2: Brothers Out of Bond (Courtesy of Paul Louise-Julie)

'The Pack,' Issue 2: Brothers Out of Bond (Courtesy of Paul Louise-Julie)

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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