Eritrean Josef Yohannes’s Comic: Norwegian superhero launches in the U.S.

Eritrean Josef Yohannes's Comic: Norwegian superhero launches in the U.S.

Oslo boy Yosef Tzegai Yohannes (32) has signed a contract in the United States.  This fall is the comic his out on store shelves in "Dreams countries."

 

Oslo boy Yosef Tzegai Yohannes (32) has signed a contract in the United States. This fall is the comic his out on store shelves in "Dreams countries." Photo: Private / From "The Urban Legend"

 

Josef Yohannes

With the comic "The Urban Legend" will Josef Yohannes (32) creating our generation superhero.

By Stine Eriksen

There are not many Norwegian super heroes in the world, nor comics from Norway. It has Tzegai Josef Yohannes (32) from Oslo acted upon. Soon the cartoon series in his store shelves in the United States.

With "The Urban Legend" will Yohannes create a new superhero for our generation.

– I have faith that this is going to be huge, and that "The Urban Legend" will take a super hero to another level, says Yohannes about his new series.

 

Sign the contract in the U.S.

The first step towards cartoon heaven takes Yohannes when the series launches this fall in the United States. The American publisher Arch Enemy Entertainment will release "The Urban Legend" and with this hope Yohannes his superhero to blend in among the heavyweights in the comic world.

– I am an outsider in the comics scene and working to respect the environment. Not everyone has faith in my super hero, and it's hard to get into the market, says the Norwegian cartoonist to tv2.no.

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"The Urban Legend" is about teacher Malcolm T. Madiba who teaches at a high school in the Capital City, the city is now maturing and is now in the criminal grip.  Madiba need to speak out and defy the world as his alter ego The Urban Legend.  He has no super powers, but must rely on their own abilities to clean up the city's nasties and unwanted items."The Urban Legend" is about teacher Malcolm T. Madiba who teaches at a high school in the Capital City, the city is now maturing and is now in the criminal grip. Madiba need to speak out and defy the world as his alter ego The Urban Legend. He has no super powers, but must rely on their own abilities to clean up the city's nasties and unwanted items. Photo: From "The Urban Legend"

 

Inspiration from Africa

Yohannes is fresh in the game. 32-year-old came to Norway from Eritrea age of nine. He studied political science, worked with youth and been party organizer. Now he runs security company in Oslo, while he creates comic.

The idea he was on holiday in Africa in 2010. He was in a poor area in Botswana when he saw two young children almost without clothes.

– I gave them $ 10 and the boys were moved to tears. I was sorry that I could not give them anything more than a few dollars. Five months later, I created the super hero, which I hope can give children like them inspiration and hope, says Yohannes.

 

The teacher becomes the superhero

The series is about a young teacher who looks tired of his hometown is becoming more dangerous and corrupt. He decides to take up the fight against crime and become "The Urban Legend". The British artist New Tasty, who has worked for include the BBC, Virgin and Esquire, has drawn series of Yohannes.

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Little money making

So far there is no money and serve, and it is Yohannes' save money sending "The Urban Legend" in the world. First, the United States, then to Japan.

– I dream of that series shall be great, and that it will inspire people around the world. It is more important to me than making lots of money, says Yohannes but admits he would like to see "The Urban Legend" in video games, on T-shirts and school bags and plastic figurines in toy stores.

– Our generation needs a new superhero!

SUPER HEROES: Josef Yohannes poses with Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk) with his new comic "Urban Legend".SUPER HEROES: Josef Yohannes poses with Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk) with his new comic "Urban Legend." Photo: Private

SUPER HEROES: Yosef John shows his superhero to Jim Kelly from Bruce Lee movie "Enter the Dragon".SUPER HEROES: Yosef John shows his superhero to Jim Kelly from Bruce Lee movie "Enter the Dragon." Photo: Private

In the U.S.: Norwegian Josef Yohannes introduces its comic actor for Eric Roberts. In the U.S.: Norwegian Josef Yohannes introduces its comic actor for Eric Roberts. Photo: Private

The first comic book is available in Norwegian kiosks. This autumn Americans can be inspired by the Norwegian super hero, until the Japanese are next.
 

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