Writer: Juni Ba
Artist: Juni Ba
Publisher: TKO Studios
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?
"Djeliya is a winding epic fairy tail, a fantastical reimagining of West African folklore. It has a sharp sense of humor combined with stunning art that wears the influences of Senegal-born creator, Juni Ba, on its sleeve. There's so much to enjoy on every page, including the back matter that delves into the folklore that inspired the book." - THRILLIST
"Sometimes a comic comes along that truly reads like nothing else you've encountered in ages, and writer/artist Juni Ba's debut graphic novel Djeliya is that kind of comic." - SYFY WIRE
"Awa is a really great character! She grows so much in the course of the story, from a naive kind of fangirl to bold heroine and champion." - THE BEAT