Djeliya: A West African Fantasy Epic (Paperback)

Djeliya: A West African Fantasy Epic By Juni Ba, Juni Ba (Illustrator), Juni Ba (Letterer) Cover Image
By Juni Ba, Juni Ba (Illustrator), Juni Ba (Letterer)
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Description


Juni Ba’s Djeliya is a stunning graphic novel retelling, recontextualization, and remix of the West African Sundiata epic of Mandé origin.

Inspired by West African folklore and stories handed over centuries, this unique graphic novel follows the adventures of Mansour Keita, last prince of a dying kingdom, and Awa Kouyaté, his loyal Djeli, or 'royal storyteller' as they journey to meet the great wizard who destroyed their world and then withdrew into his tower, never to be seen again. 

On their journey, they'll cross paths with friend and foe, from myth and legend alike, and revisit the traditions, tales, and stories that gave birth to their people and nurture them still. But what dark secret lies at the heart of these stories, and what purpose do their tellers truly serve?

About the Author


Juni is an illustrator and writer hailing from Senegal and France. His current works include the Kayin and Abeni mini series and the Monkey Meat stories both published by Kugali. He’s also a cover artist with works for Skybound and IDW. His artistic fuel is mostly based on orange juice.

Juni is an illustrator and writer hailing from Senegal and France. His current works include the Kayin and Abeni mini series and the Monkey Meat stories both published by Kugali. He’s also a cover artist with works for Skybound and IDW. His artistic fuel is mostly based on orange juice.

Juni is an illustrator and writer hailing from Senegal and France. His current works include the Kayin and Abeni mini series and the Monkey Meat stories both published by Kugali. He’s also a cover artist with works for Skybound and IDW. His artistic fuel is mostly based on orange juice.

Praise For…


"Djeliya is a very cool book, a burst of color and magic, themed around the aftermath of colonialism, a book without an easy comparison."
— NPR

"There's so much to enjoy on every page."
— Thrillist

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781952203244
ISBN-10: 1952203244
Publisher: TKO Studios, LLC.
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Pages: 176
Language: English