Legion M Brings ‘Defiant The Story of Robert Smalls’ To SDCC

Legion M has been quite a busy company lately. Legion M is an investor and executive producer of the wildly original dark comedy Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose. The movie hits theaters Sept 1st and stars Simon Pegg, Minnie Driver, and Christopher Lloyd. And a documentary about actor William Shatner called You Can Call Me Bill. Legion M and the acclaimed documentary team at Exhibit A Pictures (Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The ExorcistMemory: The Origins of Alien78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene) in producing this fascinating look at one of the most illustrious actors of our time.

Legion M is also working on a great project called Defiant, The Story of Robert Smalls.  Legion M brought the Defiant project to San Diego Comic-Con, and we had a great time talking to some of the creative people behind the project. Some of the creatine people we met include NIKOLAS DRAPER-IVEY (Cover Artist) An American illustrator based outside of New York City. His style plays heavily on the use of light and shadow and combines afro-futurist elements with hints of fantasy, hip-hop, and punk culture and his love of cinematography. ROB EDWARDS (Writer) Screenwriter known for Treasure Planet, Princess and the Frog, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In Living Color, Full House.

RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT (Interior Artist) In the comic book industry for almost twenty years, working on properties like X-Men: BlueMoon Girl and Devil DinosaurSpider-Man, and various other projects for Marvel, including storyboards for the Guardians of the Galaxy Animated Series.  (Editor)Editor behind Marvel’s biggest and most beloved initiatives like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Black Panther, Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men, the Grand Design line of graphic novels, the Marvel Hip-Hop variant program, and the expansion of Marvel’s Voices. MICHAEL BOULWARE MOORE (Advisor) Business and community leader. Also, the great-great-grandson of Robert Smalls.

So you might be reading this and wondering who Robert Smalls is; well, Robert Smalls was a former slave who freed himself, his crew, and their families during the Civil War by commandeering a Confederate transport ship. in Charleston harbor, on May 13, 1862, and sailing it from the Confederate-controlled waters of the harbor to the U.S. blockade that surrounded it. He then piloted the ship the CSS Planter to the Union-controlled enclave in Beaufort–Port Royal–Hilton Head area, where it became a Union warship. His example and persuasion helped convince President Abraham Lincoln to accept African-American soldiers into the Union Army. Smalls was was an American politician, publisher, businessman.

And the fine folks at Legion M are hosting a Kickstarter campaign with  a graphic novel series chronicling the epic journey of Robert Smalls. Check out the trailer below to get more information and insight into one of America’s greatest untold stories. Check out the Kickstarter link below to get more details https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/legionmofficial/defiant-the-story-of-robert-smalls

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