I Stumbled Onto The History

Alex Grand Author Interview

Journey Into Mexico: The Revenge of Supay follows a young man with the ability to summon the Aztec and Mayan gods who is trying to save Mexico from demons and the old gods. What was the inspiration for your story?

During the time that the idea came to me, I was heavily researched into South American mythology and the pre-Catholic era, meanwhile I stumbled onto the history of Vicente Guerrero, Mexico’s first Afro-American president and his organized execution from rival political forces and the following Mexican revolution. Something started to form as I was putting all that together, and thought how interesting it would be to bring more knowledge of this material to the public, but also weave together a story that resulted in Mexico’s independence from Spain. Surprisingly it all took shape very quickly and I desperately sought an artist. 

How long did it take you to imagine, draft, and write the world your characters live in?

This process took about 6 weeks to finalize where I wanted it all to go.

The art in this book is fantastic. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Sebastián Guidobono?

Sebastián was fantastic. I sent him the first few pages of script, and he hit it out of the park. I really couldn’t believe it, and wanted him to be the primary visualist of the story. He is incredibly easy to work with, and collaboration with him is a dream. We’re similar age-wise and we had a great time generating the graphic novel together.

What is the next installment in this series that you are working on, and when will it be available?

I’m in the research phase of that, and not quite sure if I want to do a direct extension of the story or fastforward it thirty years and involve Mexican politics during the American civil war. To be determined! 

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It’s 1830 and Mexico experiences a political divide when their first Afro-Mexican president, Vicente Guerrero is assassinated. Demons begin to enter through dimensional doorways as the fate of Mexico is left at the hands of the young Tijax Tabares, who summons the power of the Aztec and Mayan gods and the protector iEl Fuego! Making his journey through the Mexican countryside, iEl Fuego! faces fearsome mythical creatures while untangling the mystery of Guerrero’s death. He soon learns of a deadly game between the old gods of the Aztec, Mayan, and Incan that will inevitably end in a battle over the future of Mexico. Graphic Novel contains Journey Into Mexico issue’s 1-4.

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