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You Need To See the Stunning Covers of This Afro-Brazilian Comic Series Inspired by the Orishas

'Contos dos Orixás' or 'Tales of the Orishas' is the comic book series celebrating the legacy of Yoruba culture in Brazil.

This comic book series takes the legends of Yoruba mythology and turns them into fierce, Afro-Brazilian superheroes.

Created by Brazilian illustrator and comic artist Hugo Canuto, Contos dos Orixás, or Tales of the Orishas, is the culmination of rigorous research after returning to his hometown of Bahia and building a strong creative team of comic book and animation professionals, African Digital Art shares.

For Canuto, Bahia is the home of Yoruba and Nago heritage. Seeking knowledge from scholars and experts of Candomblé, he was able to develop a comic universe that honors tradition and tells the stories of the orishas in a fresh way.

The illustrations of the orishas from the 90-page comic is what struck our eye. Inspired by comic master Jack Kirby, Canuto portrays Yemanja, Oyá/Iansã, Xango and more like the strong, powerful entities they are in their world.

Take a look at our favorite covers below, and keep up with the series on their Facebook page.


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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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