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Today Al chats with the illustrators of Aztec Warrior God by David Towner, the very talented, Andrea and Diego Lopez Mata.
About Aztec Warrior God:
Aztec Warrior God is an exciting, action-filled superhero franchise created with modern audiences in mind. The story is crafted to appeal to broad, multicultural audiences with strong messages of equality, tolerance, racial and social harmony, environmental responsibility and compassion. While the characters are traditional superheroes, capable of using their powers for destruction, they practice restraint, diplomacy and seek intellectual solutions to problems before resorting to violence. The franchise features indigenous characters from every region of the world and a female-centric, ensemble cast, with 8 of the 13 ensemble characters being women.
Facing imminent extinction during the final day of Hernan Cortes’ assault on Tenochtitlan (August 13th, 1521), many surviving Tenochca withdraw into a designated region of the underworld (Mictlan) which was gifted by the god Huitzilopochtli, to re-build, re-populate and thrive without interference from the outside world. The gods subsequently granted 13 warriors and designated intellectuals, superpowers and immortality in order to ensure strict cultural preservation and maximum potential for advancement. Their immortality is preserved by a well-guarded water source known as the “Healing Waters” AKA fountain of youth.
Over the next five hundred years, the intellectuals integrate themselves into various cultures around the world to develop an understanding of technology, cultural development and languages to ensure their prosperity during the 1000-year integration, always returning to their civilization in the underworld and sharing their teachings with their peers. Their intellectual and technological knowledge rival any country on earth. However, they remain true to their culture and live as they did in the 16th century.
One designated warrior, Amoxtli, later nicknamed “Aztec” by society, has been granted powers of superhuman strength and shapeshifting, which he has spent nearly 500 years developing. He will emerge on earth on the 500th anniversary of their transition to Mictlan to fulfill his destiny. On August 13th, 2021, he will enter the world and find opportunities to help create a more stable, peaceful and sustainable planet, using his powers and knowledge. Amoxtli and his group are aided by warriors from the spirit world who have been hand-selected by the Spirit World Tribal Council (AKA "The Council"); Danuwoa (Cherokee) and Ahiga (Navajo) who appear periodically to serve as earthly guides as well as regional guides from Hindu, Zulu, and Taino cultures.
About Emergence (First Chapter):
On the 500th anniversary of the fall of their empire (August 13th, 2021), the immortals emerge to discover a world that has been crippled by a Lassa virus pandemic. Upon discovering that the virus was created in a lab by a Russian Oligarch named Adrian Volkov, who is also manipulating and selling vaccines to the highest bidder, they decide to negotiate with him to help distribute vaccines to the most devastated countries. When Volkov makes it clear that he has no interest in supporting their cause, the warriors decide that his organization must be destroyed.
Originally from Alaska (Chugiak-Eagle River), David Towner is an American Entrepreneur, Comedian, Writer and Filmmaker. Prior to pursuing his business and entertainment ventures, he served as a US Army Paratrooper with missions in Somalia, Haiti and Cuba. Towner is most known for his quirky feature film, Our Scripted Life, which was released in 2020 and was downloaded half a million times in the first three months after being released. The film was the public introduction to Towner's character Roscoe Turner, a hillbilly from Kentucky who offers his own brand of unsolicited wisdom. Towner is also the Creator and Head Writer for the graphic novel series, Aztec Warrior God, which has gained millions of fans around the world. He is married to model Brandi Mendoza. The couple has triplet girls, born in 2017, and reside primarily in Palm Beach County, Florida.
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