Concept Art: Bayou

A bayou (/ˈbaɪ.uː/ or /ˈbaɪ.oʊ/, from Cajun French) is a body of water typically found in a flat, low-lying area, and can be either an extremely slow-moving stream or river (often with a poorly defined shoreline), or a marshy lake or wetland.

The basic concept behind Bayou is to create what could be called an American manga using classic, uniquely American settings, mythology, history and folklore and melding these things commonly seen in popular manga stories.

Bayou follows a young boy named Hannibal Finn (called Icarus) as he searches  a vast landscape searching for his “totem”; a mythical, spirit-animal that every person has but Finn has lost. Along the way, during his journey, Finn/Icarus comes across many strange, mysterious and magical characters such as: a wise sage and teacher – a former slave and colonel during the American Civil War named Tubbs; a magical flying pig named Kuko Buta; a terrifying voodoo queen, a determined preacher, soldiers, river boat pirates and a village filled with strange, lost boys who decide that once Finn/Icarus enters, he can never leave.

As Finn/Icarus continues his journey ever closer and closer to the sun searching for his totem he finds himself coming into an ultimate conflict with God Himself.

Or at least that’s the plan at the moment.

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