“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.”

PAPIOThe Gods of the Martial Arts gain power, prestige and wealth from the number of followers they have. The Asian martial gods are most powerful and prosperous, as the Asian martial arts have long been marketed to the world and are quite popular, even in the retrofuturistic / DRISHYAafrofuturistic setting of Jagunjagun Lewa. The African gods of the martial arts, on the other hand, are so unpopular that they risk falling into eternal sleep. To save themselves, they must build the popularity of the martial arts. To achieve this, they pick an unlikely champion who, with his brother, Papio, a man cursed to live out his life as a mandrill, sets out to build the reputation and popularity of the African martial arts by defeating the best martial artists in the world. The problem is, no one wants to fight him – and NOT because of his extraordinary fighting skills.

SABADJagunjagun Lewa is set in a world of spring and gear technology; a world where the sword and spear are still the kings of weapons. It is a future much like, while also unlike, our past.

Jagunjagun Lewa (“Pretty Warrior”) is a manga that succeeds in mashing up Sword and Soul‬, Rococoa‬ and Cyberfunk, for a wild ride that will have you turning the pages and clamoring for more.

Written and created by Balogun Ojetade ‬and illustrated by Chris “Crazyhouse” Miller, Jagunjagun Lewa launches later this year!


About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at https://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Afrikan.Martial.Arts; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at www.tumblr.com/blog/blackspeculativefiction.

5 responses »

  1. Fujimoto says:

    A very intriguing and original idea. I look forward to seeing more of Jagunjagun Lewa!

  2. airmanchairman says:

    I’ve been waiting for this development for decades. Don’t forget to research on Yoruba weaponology as developed by the first Alaafin of Oyo, the god Shango, who bequeathed magical weapons to his able generals, Timi of Ede (bows, spears and general aiming and throwing projectiles); then there was Gbonka, to whom he gave the gift of pure vocalised incantations. They became so powerful and war-hungry in expanding the Oyo empire at Shango’s urging that he grew wary of their growing popularity and set them against each other! There is a great moral story in there (“Óbá K’ò Só – The King did NOT hang himself) for modern warmongers, left behind by our mysterious Yoruba ancestors, that your game should strive to capture and disseminate to the young future leaders of the world – there is a growing unease that Hillary the goddess of war is going to soon fall foul of these lessons just as did the god-King Shango. Good luck!

    • airmanchairman says:

      Gbonka’s incantations are clearly synonymous with modern CYBER warfare, so it would be good to research along that line (I.e. Yoruba incantations – make them simple and catchy – and modern computer hacking concepts). Gbonká was able to put Timi of Ede to sleep during their duel, and then he decapitated him, much to Shango’s disappointment, as he favoured Timi! Remember how 2 nations collaborated to send a middle eastern country’s nuclear reactors spinning out of control and thereby shutting them down… There are so many similar parallels in the ancient tales – it’s almost as if they were talking about the present day, a warning from the dawn of time…

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