When I’m not browsing for cute pictures or just scrolling out of boredom, I like to keep tabs on my Tumblr dash for things that catch a lot of attention, or look like they might. So when one day I saw the trailer for The Book of Mojo show up on my dash almost continuously for the entire day, I thought I better have a look at it myself. I don’t remember if I was surprised or not, but the fact of the matter is The Book of Mojo has everything I love in an urban fantasy setting.
Before these posts started flooding my dash, I’ll admit, I had no idea what The Book of Mojo was. Since there are a seemingly endless supply of them, it’s not always easy to keep up to date on new and interesting webcomics. Luckily, I finally have an answer. To quote:
The Book of Mojo tells the story of Creepy, a 13 year old runaway getting by on her wits and her limited training in witchcraft. Separated from her father by a tragic accident, she seeks to master the secrets of magic in hopes of one day reuniting with him. Her life is turned upside down when a powerful magical artifact literally drops into her life.
The artifact, a 7 foot tall enchanted statue she calls Mojo, has no recollection of who or what it is, or where it came from. When Creepy agrees to help look into its origins, mostly for her own selfish reasons, it isn’t long before Mojo’s secret past threatens them both
First of all, if you want to get me interested in a series, make the protagonist a girl who is striving to overcome the challenges that are laid in front of her. From the looks of things, not only is Creepy dealing with being a runaway in addition to being a witch with powers that seem a little weak or are, at least, limited, but she’s also living amidst gang violence and perhaps racial prejudice as well. I’m elated to see such an exciting series feature a Black girl as its protagonist—something we are in desperate need of in all forms of media. And though the comic itself only seems to have a few pages up at the moment, I love how Creepy is characterized: spunky, as kids on the street are wont to be, but also with a drive to achieve what others think she’s incapable of.
Through the popularity of and audience response to the trailer, the minds behind The Book of Mojo—headed by Everett Downing, who’s worked with studios like Dreamworks and Pixar—have decided to put their efforts behind turning the comic into an animated short. Through their campaign at Indiegogo, Downing and his team hope to bring The Book of Mojo to even more people. Since, in my experience, animated shorts have a much better chance of reaching a wider audience, I really hope they meet their crowdfunding goal!! If you’re interested in what the story has to offer, please consider helping the cause! Also, make sure to check the group out on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram!