David Jesus Vignolli Explores The Early Days Of America In New World
by James Ferguson
The discovery of the Americas was a milestone in world history, creating a culture clash filled with violent consequences. In August, David Jesus Vignolli dives into his story with a supernatural twist with New World. Published by Boom! Studios through its Archaia imprint, New World follows a heroic trio, united in opposition.
There’s a Native American seeking revenge against those who invaded her land, an African musician fighting for freedom against those who enslaved him, and a Portuguese sailor in search of redemption. These three unlikely heroes must work together to free the New World from the darkness of the old.
David Jesus Vignolli says:
Writing New World for me was like digging deep into the roots of my ancestry. I have a black mother originating from the slaves brought to Brazil by Portuguese sailors and a white father whose forefathers came from Portugal and Italy and, somewhere along the way some Native Indian folks in my family tree. New World is set in 16th century around the time America was discovered, and it tells the story of the encounter of those three continents: America, Africa and Europe, through the eyes of a young Native American girl. Although it’s a fantasy it’s based on real historical facts. In a way, New World is the story of how I came into being.
On the surface, New World sounds a bit like Manifest Destiny, albeit with a much more diverse cast. It’s described as a timely story looking at the ways in which our differences unite us in our darkest hours.
Cameron Chittock, Editor at Boom! Studios adds:
David Jesus Vignolli has a special voice unlike any other in graphic fiction today – something he showed the world with his incredible debut graphic novel A Girl In the Himalayas and that he takes to the next level in New World. Following his acclaimed debut graphic novel, Vignolli’s latest work tackles powerful and relevant themes with a sense of adventure and, most importantly, a spirit of hope that will resonate with readers of any age.
Look for New World at your local comic shop in August 2019.