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'Jupiter Invincible' wields superpowers against slavery

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Jupiter Invincible is the comic book story of an enslaved African-American teenager who possesses the power of immortality. He he uses it assist Harriet Tubman in the smuggling of runaway slaves through the underground railroad. Artwork by Ashley A. Woods, written by Yusef Komunyakaa, and Ram Devineni is the augmented reality Designer and Producer

It’s not a traditional comic--it uses augmented reality, through a phone app, to bring out the real barbarity of slavery on a Maryland plantation. And not your traditional comic superhero: this is a 19-year-old enslaved African-American who wins immortal powers. Jupiter Invincible is the concept of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa and graphic artist Ram Devineni. Devineni is already known for a heroine who fights for those society scorns:

“The Superhero doesn’t have to fight an asteroid that’s about to collide into the earth. You can have superheroes fight basic problems that everyone deals with and understands, but through their heroic acts really challenge us and hopefully become better people.” 

Links: Books in Bloom Festival Sun. Oct. 10 at 12:30pm; Filmmaker magazine interview, In Conversation at ComicCon Africa, video.

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