A Warrior King. CURSED with Immortality.
A Lover. DOOMED to lose Everything.
A Pioneer. EXPLORING the farthest reaches of Space.
From HarperCollins Amistad. Sure to become a treasured collectible, a gorgeous, groundbreaking, full-color Afrofuturist graphic novel that captures the spirit of the record-breaking film Black Panther and its mantra “Wakanda Forever.”
Afrofuturism, a cultural movement that began in the early 20th Century as an escape from racial hostility, economic turmoil, and aggressive policing in black communities, is enjoying a renaissance witnessed by the record-breaking success of creative projects, including the acclaimed, award-winning film, Black Panther; Janelle Monae’s hit album, Dirty Computer; Jordan Peele’s provocative feature Get Out; Octavia Butler’s famed science fiction novel, Kindred; and Solange Knowles’ sundial headdress. Now comes Tim Fielder’s compelling, beautifully rendered graphic novel, INFINITUM.
King AjA Oba and Queen Lewa are revered across the African continent for their impressive political and military skills.
Yet the future of their kingdom is in jeopardy, for the royal couple do not have an heir of their own.
When the King kidnaps his son born to a concubine, Obinrin, she curses AjA with the “gift” of immortality.
For decades, the immortal AjA wanders the world, mourning his lost subjects and searching for a new kingdom. His journey leads him across ancient time, the expansion of global technology and intergalactic travel.
In 280 stunningly, emotionally evocative full-color images, INFINITUM presents a unique cosmic experience, addressing pressing issues of racism, classism, gender inequality, the encroachment of technology and the spiritual cost of war, while exposing the history behind ancient mysteries.
opportunity in 2017 to further develop the story of a Black man who would live through almost every aspect of human existence. This seemed somehow, perfect. Published by HarperCollins Amistad, INFINITUM: An Afrofuturist Tale would dance with the sword and soul of Charles Saunders, the historical science fiction of Octavia Butler and the contemporary horror of todays headlines. It’s inspired by the cyberfunk vibes of Steven Barnes, the far flung future space of Samuel R Delany and Robert Heinlein and the seminal cinematic ideas of Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick. I wanted to create historical war dramas featuring thousands of fully armored Benin warriors attacking in Akira Kurosawa-like formations. But these works would be fully rendered art like Moebius or Ron Cobb with homages to Aaron Douglas and Ed Davis to insure context within the visual continuum of Black people.
Photo Credit: Maximilius Fielder
What is INFINITUM? An Afrofuturist Tale? A graphic novel that journeys from the creation of the universe, the dawn of mankind. the rise and fall of the great
African kingdoms, world wars and socio-technological upheavals of the 20th and 21st century and beyond. The story is grounded in cause and consequence.
My motivation: I’ve produced some form of Afrofuturism all of my life. I was raised on the art of Pedro Bell and Overton Lloyd which
graced the seminal Parliament Funkadelic album covers. This is not to downplay the equally important album art of Shusei Nagaoka for
acts such as Earth, Wind, And Fire and Frankie Beverly & Maze. The fully rendered visual of a pyramidal office building with launch bays for
spacecraft on the cover of EWF’s “All in All” forever altered my eye of the possible. The extended visual journey from childhood to now has
culminated in my upcoming graphic novel INFINITUM.
How I create the book? I create the graphics completely with the computer.