A night of chaos haunts Is’nana, the son of Anansi, as Ogoun, the Orisha and Haitian Loa God of War and Iron, tests Is’nana’s mettle in a series of challenges that includes zombies, a were-hyena and were-elephant, and Mokele-Mbembe, a dinosaur of African legend! What is Ogoun’s plan and how will Is’nana survive this brutal night?
Also, Is’nana is visited by Erzulie Freda, the Haitian Goddess of Love, who has a special and important message for him. Is Is’nana prepared for it?
Written and Created by Greg Anderson Elysée
Line Art and Inks by Sean Hill
Colors by Walt Msonza Barna
Letters by Deron Bennett/Andworld Design
Script edits by Brian Lambert
Backup Story Art by Blossom Blair
Is'nana the Were-Spider is a horror fantasy, coming of age comic book series about the son of Anansi the Spider, the West African and Caribbean God of Stories. Is'nana attempts to find his own place in the world while also having to live up to his father's legacy.
Incorporating characters and tales from African mythology, Caribbean folklore, and African American stories, writer and creator Greg Anderson Elysee hopes to introduce audiences to the potential of mythical and spiritual figures of the Black diaspora in hopes of keeping our cultures alive.
Greg Anderson Elysée
Writer & Creator
Greg Anderson Elysée is a Brooklyn, NY born Haitian-American writer, educator, filmmaker, and model. He has been teaching various forms of filmmaking, including narrative and documentary, from elementary level to the elderly since 2012. A former journalist for theOuthousers.com, he also ran his own column, (Heard It Thru) The Griotvine, where he showcased independent creators of color and LGBTQ creators. He also wrote for the independent pop culture news website Bleeding Cool. He is known through the community for doing this on a broader scale, all while presenting his thoughts on diversity.
Is'nana: The Were-Spider was his first comic series, and is a multi award winner, including 2018 Fan Award, Rising Star, and Best Male Character, and 2019 Best Writer and Story of the Year (Glyph Awards). Is’nana is based on Anansi the trickster god of the Akan people of Ghana, whose stories have spread for centuries throughout Africa as well as the Caribbean. The Gentleman: Darkness of the Void and Marassa, both published by Evoluzione Publishing, debuted in 2018. Elysée has also published work with Lion Forge via the nationally recognized project Puerto Rico Strong.