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Manu: A Graphic Novel

Manu: A Graphic Novel

by vkelleyart
Manuela is at the height of a lucrative music career when a loved one’s death unearths a family secret – that she is the last in a line of powerful mediums capable of channeling vast spiritual energy. Told she must reawaken her dormant powers to meet a dark threat to the urban community she left behind, Manu is instantly forced out of her high-class solitary lifestyle, pulled by destiny into the center of a rash of mysterious crimes. With the help of her brilliant cousin Ivan, the insufferably righteous Delia, and the Spiritual Realm, she must wield her extraordinary abilities in defense of New York City’s most vulnerable or lose everything she holds dear.
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Manu: A Graphic Novel

Manuela is at the height of a lucrative music career when a loved one’s death unearths a family secret – that she is the last in a line of powerful mediums capable of channeling vast spiritual energy. Told she must reawaken her dormant powers to meet a dark threat to the urban community she left behind, Manu is instantly forced out of her high-class solitary lifestyle, pulled by destiny into the center of a rash of mysterious crimes. With the help of her brilliant cousin Ivan, the insufferably righteous Delia, and the Spiritual Realm, she must wield her extraordinary abilities in defense of New York City’s most vulnerable or lose everything she holds dear.

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vkelleyart
September 20th, 2019
ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS!
"Comemierda": Pejorative term that roughly translates to "shit-eater." lol
vkelleyart
September 19th, 2019
English Translations
"!Callate, nena! Ve y dile a abuelita que Manu ya llegó.": "Be quiet, girl! Go tell your grandmother that Manu's here."
vkelleyart
September 19th, 2019
English Translations
"No hay mal que por bien no venga": A Puerto Rican proverb that basically equates to "Every cloud has a silver lining."

"Dime": "Tell me"

"Pues": "Well"
vkelleyart
September 19th, 2019
English Translations
"¡Deja ya de gufear y ponte a trabajar!": "Stop goofing off and get back to work!"
vkelleyart
September 19th, 2019
ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS!
"¡Wepa! ¡Gracias!": "Woo! Thank you!"

"Arepas": A delicious Puerto Rican handheld meat pie.
ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS!
"Miren, por fin ya llegó mi hija!": "Look, my daughter's finally arrived!"

"Bendición": This is the way Puerto Ricans greet their elders--by asking for the "bendición" or "blessing."

"Dios te bendiga, mija": "God bless you, my girl."

"Oye, ¿por qué te ves tan flaca?": A particularly judgmental way of saying, "Hey, why do you look so skinny?"

"Titi": "Aunt"

"Tio": "Uncle"
vkelleyart
September 19th, 2019
@rebeca: I'm so happy you're enjoying it! <3
this is awesome!
Congrats on starting the comic! This looks really cool. I'm really looking forward to where it goes.
Acknowledgements:
Heartfelt thanks goes to Andrew Smart at the Stone Branch School Of Art for his invaluable advice and support and to Arlene Ríos Ramírez, Adjunct Professor of Spanish at San Antonio College, for her amazing Spanish language editing.

I also owe humble thanks to my cousin, Benjamín Vidal-Gonzalez, whose visual documentation of his experiences surviving Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico largely informed the hurricane scene.

For inspiration, advice, and extremely timely pep-talks, tremendous thanks also goes to Rainbow Rowell and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez.

Finally, infinite thanks to my husband Mike Kelley, and the entire “Manu Support Squad” comprised of friends, family, and followers both on and off social media. Manu lives because of you. ❤️
Don't know Spanish? There's an English Language translation!
There's an English Language translated version of the comic that launched alongside this one! If you don't know Spanish, check it out by navigating to the archive. :)