How 'The Hostage' Is Turning an Art Rep Into a Creator

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Sal Abbinanti
The graphic novel, currently being crowdfunded, is the work of Sal Abbinanti, who is the art rep of comic book creators like Alex Ross and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Many comic book fans are already familiar with Sal Abbinanti as an art rep for such names as Alex Ross or Bill Sienkiewicz, but a new graphic novel written and drawn by Abbinanti, titled The Hostage just might change that.

The graphic novel — which he created over a period of a decade, and is currently being funded on Kickstarter in a campaign launching today — is based on experiences Abbinanti had during a visit to Brazil in his early 20s.

“When I was 25, I spent six months living in Rio de Janeiro,” Abbinanti said in a statement about the project. “I was a starry eyed, full of shit college kid who went there for a Brazilian vacation of samba, nightlife, and beaches. To see the level of poverty, suffering, and death in Rio de Janeiro was eye opening. I will never forget it. The Hostage is my tribute to the amazing country and especially to the kids living in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.”

In addition to tiers offering original sketch cards, postcards and bookmarks from Abbinanti, the Kickstarter campaign for the graphic novel includes limited edition lithographs from a number of guest artists, including Alex Ross, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jeffrey Alan Love, Sanjulián, Geof Darrow, and Eric Powell. Images of their contributions can be seen below, in addition to the opening pages of the graphic novel, from Abbinanti.

“I've been working in the comics business for a long time and I'm really lucky to know so many talented artists who have been willing to make contributions to this project,” Abbinanti said. “It's an honor to see their visions for The Hostage and have them be part of this."

The campaign runs until February 25. More details can be found here.