The online campaign for the highly anticipated 115-page graphic novel, The Hostage, has recently begun on Kickstarter. Artist Sal Abbinanti leads an all-star comic book lineup, which includes Alex Ross and Bill Sienkiewicz, for an original narrative set in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
“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.”
Here are 5 reasons why you should support The Hostage on Kickstarter:
5) An Amazing Country!
“When I was 25, I spent six months living in Rio de Janeiro. I was a starry-eyed, full of sh*t 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,” said Abbinanti. “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.”
4) Pledge Now!
Pledgers will get limited edition lithographs from Alex Ross, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jeffrey Alan Love, Sanjulián, Geof Darrow, and Eric Powell. Original sketch cards, postcards, and bookmarks will also be provided by Abbinanti.
3) Amazing Artists From Around The World!
“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,” added 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.”
2) There’s More!
A digital edition will also be available in English and Portuguese, which will be translated by Kelsey Trotta. The Complete Hostage Package will have an 11×17 original drawing by Abbinanti and a complete set of lithographs by all guest artists.
1) There’s Still Time!
The Hostage campaign is currently live now and will conclude on February 25th, 2021. Yes, no matter what you hear it is 2021.
Readers can check out the Kickstarter campaign of The Hostage here: