After a cascade of delays, labors and refinements, the long awaited second chapter of Rift Valley is here! This installment features a new character, Dr Wuraola Idia, a Benini neuroscientist who has come to investigate the psychic phenomena erupting in Eastern Congo.
With this chapter the availability of Rift Valley will be undergoing a major change. New pages from chapter two will be released on a weekly basis FREE OF CHARGE right here on this website. Of course, those who wish to support the creation of the book will still be able to buy it on amazon.com at a reduced price of $5.25 and the special edition of Chapter 1 will be sold in the store as long as supplies last.
Chapter 2 of Rift Valley is a collaborative project between myself, Sam Jackson (writer and illustrator), and journalist Gaïus Kowene (script doctor). Over two visits to the DRC, Gaïus has hosted me, introduced me to friends and helped me navigate police checkpoints. Now he's contributed ideas on the uses of superpower in Congo for this story. It's been a joy working with him.
Preview the first page of Chapter 2 now! More pages coming out regularly.
Rift Valley is a science fiction graphic novel set in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the story of people caught in the emergence of a powerful new force of nature, dissolving the barrier between thought and matter and sparking a conflict to control the most valuable substance on the planet. Read the first seven pages of the story here.
Congo has fueled more than a century of technological advance. Congolese rubber enabled the industrial revolution. Congolese uranium supplied the Manhattan Project. Congolese minerals are ubiquitous in the devices of the information age. Yet the country is not infamous for wealth but for corruption and catastrophe. Congo was conceived in alien violence and conquest; the scandal of its formation precipitated by greed and consigned by a political fluke at the dawn of the age of global imperial superpower. Rift Valley imagines the revolution of this history through the emergence of superheroes in Congo's North Kivu Province. Learn more about the links between the history of the Congo and the West here.
Myths are imaginary solutions to real social contradictions.
Claude Levi Strauss
Science fiction is to be read as a thought experiment, not a prediction. All fiction is a metaphor, what sets science fiction apart is its use of new metaphors. Space travel is a metaphor. So is the future.
Ursula K. Le Guin