Afrofuturism: Midnight Robber

After reading the book Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson I feel as though I’ve been exposed to a very different type of book. I’ve read different science fiction books in my past but none have touched on controversial topics as this one did. Today, there are many arguments about the future, particularly in regards to the environment and science, along with racial problems in the US. I found this book overall relevant and topical. While reading the book I was surprised to how many words I came across and was not familiar with. Some of which I felt like I had heard of but did not know the meaning and others sounded completely foreign. I found the literature challenge throughout the book appealing and I could tell it was the authors way of challenging the reader to something they’re not used to. Nalo Hopkinson, a Canadian native, knew the audience of her book would be mostly young Americans, and chose to challenge them through new literature.¬†For my retelling of the story I chose to draw a picture. At first I had stated that I was going to make a gif or multiple gifs of important events throughout the book and portray it in a digital art format. I found it difficult to pick only particular parts of the story and did not know how to accurately portray the story through pictures since it was a chapter book. The idea of retelling the story by picture sounded more appealing to me in the end because I realized I could make it my own and show more of the story with a pen and paper. Another plus I found in drawing a picture instead of making an animation was the use of color. In this case I thought of the importance of Carnival in the story and Caribbean culture. So I added the pop of color in the top right corner to show the different colors and patterns that represent Carnival in the Caribbean. In the center of the picture I drew a building in the Half-Way Tree in Jamaica. I found it important to incorporate the Half-Way Tree in the drawing since it was an alternate universe version of Toussaint. I used a planet and sun in the background to represent the different dimensions and portals in the story. On the bottom of the picture is the main character Tan Tan. I used the cover of the book as an inspiration for this part. In the top left corner I drew Eshu or “Papa Legba”. As a trickster god and for being known as sly I created his outfit likewise. Next to him is a symbol that is used to also represent him. The green hills represent Cockpit Country, Jamaica, the home of Tan Tan.

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