Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Dread and Alive: The Patwa Edition

There's a patwa (Jamaican language) edition of this comic in the works, and yours truly is named on the cover. It's a great feeling to be able to join in this effort to promote the empowering strands of Jamaican culture, something I wholeheartedly believe in. Below is a preview of the upcoming comic book cover.

Upcoming Comic Book Cover

Years ago I came across the amazing artwork being done by ZOOLOOK creator Nicholas Da Silva, who used the backdrop of Jamaican culture and heritage to create his comic series Dread & Alive. I first wrote about it in the post "The Dread & Alive Jamaican Comics". Soon after, the creator allowed me to share our first exchange in the post “In the World that Jamaica Made: The Nicholas Da Silva Story”.  Since then, I have followed the development of ZOOLOOK’s work.

Fast forward a few years to a few weeks back and I was invited to come onboard to help with the Jamaican patwa that would appear in the February 6, 2021 issue that was in development. I agreed, and I completed the patwa translations for the issue titled Dread & Alive: Duppy Conqueror which was a one-shot comic book issue, check it out here.

February 6, 2021 Comic Book Cover

The comic comes with its own music as well that you should definitely check out.  Use your smartphone camera to scan the QR code in the image below, press the link that pops up and it will take you to the special dub mix. And ZOOLOOK is on Spotify with some other work if you want to check out what else he has going on in the music domain.

Special Dub Mix Invite (Scan Me :)

So, we've come full circle, and based on this last gig I’m pleased to share that ZOOLOOK and I will be collaborating to develop a special patwa edition of the series titled Dread & Alive: Nine Night for Jamaica. Click through the links here in my post and visit the websites they take you to if you want to learn more, and check out the faces of the Dread & Alive team while you're at it.

February 6, 2021 Patwa Dialog Sample

Waak gud!