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SAL ABBINANTI LAUNCHES THE HOSTAGE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Inspired by a visit he made to Brazil during his early '20s, Sal Abbinanti has created The Hostage, an original graphic novel set in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. He's launched a Kickstarter to fund the book's release.

“When I was 25, I spent six months living in Rio de Janeiro,” said Abbinanti. “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.”

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Loosely inspired by the culture and religions of Brazil like the Umbanda and the Candomblé, Abbinanti has been building the world of The Hostage in his studio for over 10 years—sketching characters, panels, and scripting pages. Abbinanti’s unique art style and vibrant color choices create a spellbinding effect. The Hostage tells the story of a group of street kids who are abandoned by society. Dying every day from poverty and gang violence, the kids join together and summon a mystical spirit—The Hostage—who will protect them and avenge the deaths of their friends.

 

Rewards for the Kickstarter campaign include digital and physical copies of the book itself in English and Portuguese, limited edition lithographs from Alex Ross, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jeffrey Alan Love, Sanjulián, Geof Darrow, and Eric Powell, original sketch cards, postcards, bookmarks, and more.

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“One of the most exciting parts of bringing my project to Kickstarter is the opportunity to connect with so many amazing artists from around the world and bring their work to you,” said Abbinanti. “I've been working in the comics business for a long time and I'm really lucky to know so many talented artists who have been willing to make contributions to this project. It's an honor to see their visions for The Hostage and have them be part of this."

The Kickstarter campaign runs through February 25th, 2021.

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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