Califia and the Timeless Sentries Episode IV "Beginnings" Available Now on YouTube @califiacomics
The Hidden Her-Story of Legendary Nubian Amazon Queen Explored in Science Fantasy Motion Comic Co-Starring Characters of Color from Classic Literature
By: Kyra Davenport
In Episodes I, II and III of Califia and the Timeless Sentries, Califia (Dana Gourrier) is a very mysterious figure. Now, in Episode IV "Beginnings,"
Underwood has assembled a talented cast and crew to bring his vision to life. Directed by Rockmond Dunbar and Chris Faiella, the Sentries are Sir Morien (Demetrius Grosse), the Black Knight; Dawn Henry (Stephanie Charles), the Gen X descendant of John Henry, the legendary steel-driving man; Sycorax (Victoria Platt), the sorceress from Shakespeare's The Tempest; Mowgli (Nirav Bhakta), the untamed jungle boy now all-grown up; Madame Butterfly (Diana Lu), once a docile woman, now a fierce female ninja and William Tell (JB Blanc), folklore hero of Switzerland..
Underwood had this to say about Califia and the Timeless Sentries, "I am so proud of this action-packed episode that also deals with complex issues about self-identity, suicide, bullying and redemption. I want to thank everyone involved with this project." Underwood continues, "This idea has been circulating in my mind since I first heard the tale of a Black Amazon queen California was named for in a Los Angeles grade school classroom. Now, I'm adding my own original spin to Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo's work dating all the way back to 1510. And, I get to play with all these other characters of color from classic literature? Wow! It's just been amazing!"
Califia and the Timeless Sentries is now poised to be a trailblazing project lighting the path for the next wave of Black creators.
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