Rainwerks Gives Us Our First Look At A New Stand Alone Story Mafiosa On @Kickstarter
Portland writer Sunshine Barbito and São Paulo, Brazil based artist Debora Carita have teamed together to recreate the early days of the Mafia’s rise to prominence in New York during the roaring 1920’s through an original comic book story of one woman fighting to join the family’s business.
Mafiosa tells the story of Nicoletta Marchesi, the youngest of five children in a family of first generation Sicilian Americans who have established a Mafia family in Brooklyn, New York in the early 1900s. Nicoletta is a precocious and beautiful eighteen year old who, unlike her sisters, is very much a tomboy and grew up always challenging her two older brothers at every turn. But when Nicoletta confronts her father Tommaso and announces her desire to join the family business alongside her brothers, crisis ensues.
“We are thrilled to present Mafiosa to the Kickstarter community,” says Sunshine Barbito. “We wanted to take a familiar and popular storytelling genre; give you the crime and the roaring 20’s. But we wanted to show you this world from a different angle, in order to create a dialogue. The Kickstarter community has proven a great way to develop projects like this.”
“While I've worked on many wonderful comics, I'm particularly fond of the character of Nicoletta,” says Débora Carita. “For an artist working in a historically male dominated industry, the story ofMafiosa is very relatable to me. To make your mark you have to do things differently in order to get noticed and succeed, and the dilemma is that those things can also transform you.”
Mafiosa is not only the story of Nicoletta’s rise within the Marchesi crime family but how she and the world around her is transformed when she proves better at the deadly game than her male counterparts. Combining the mystic, high style romanticism of the Roaring 20's with a woman's journey into the savagery of the Cosa Nostra criminal syndicate, Mafiosa presents a fresh take on contemporary themes of gender discrimination and social justice.
Funding exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign is a self-contained comic book story, published in a 28 page, full-color comic format, written by Sunshine Barbito, and drawn by Débora Carita, with two covers available. For more information on perks offered, visit the campaign page:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rainwerks/mafiosa
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