Autonomous Collective is proud to announce the Kickstarter for Durruti: Shadow of the People #1, a new historical comic written by Brenton Lengel creator of the Ringo Award-nominated dark fantasy series Snow White Zombie Apocalypse and drawn by Jaime Infante, to fund the first chapter of the shocking TRUE story of blacksmith, anarchist and Spanish Revolutionary Buenaventura Durruti.
The comic is a fusion of Braveheart and V for Vendetta set during the Spanish Civil War. The plot revolves around the titular character and ultimate working-class hero, Buenaventura Durruti: a real-life, modern-day Robin Hood with the future in his heart and a gun in every pocket. Durruti battled the forces of evil: the powerful, the wealthy and the corrupt–on behalf of ordinary people inspired by the ideals of Liberty, Equality and Justice.
Known to history as “The Soul of Spanish Anarchism” Buenaventura Durruti was a hero of almost mythical significance to the world’s downtrodden and a hated bandit, assassin, and firebrand in the eyes of the corrupt and wealthy elites who ruled over them.
Durruti’s real-life feats and accomplishments are too numerous to list but they include:
- The theft of more than half a million pesetas from the Bank of Spain.
- A swath of revolutionary activity spanning five countries and two continents that culminated in the attempted assassination of King Alphonso XIII.
- The first and only defeat of a modern, mechanized, professional army by a civilian force in all of recorded human history.
- The collectivization of the entire city of Barcelona, birthing a new society based upon freedom and equality which a young writer named George Orwell “recognized immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for.”
The Kickstarter launched Sept. 14th 2021 with the goal of raising six-thousand dollars for the production of the first twenty-two page issue. Offered rewards for backers include the comic book itself, limited edition posters, enamel pins and a handmade “anarchist” bandana. Variant cover and print artists include Kit Buss of Critical Role, J. Andrew World of Zero Books and Give them An Argument with Ben Burgis and Adam Bryce Thomas of IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog and Samurai Jack.