Vigilantes are but the caped side of a comic-book coin. Supreme Team is a narrative focused on the seedy underbelly of said currency. Inspired by a true story, this book centers around Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff as he establishes himself as a drug dealer in 1980s New York City.
It is a tale to which author Seth Ferranti can very much relate. While he has made a name for himself by writing for publications focused on urban culture — including Vice, Don Diva, The Fix, and Slam — he first made headlines, at age 22, after being charged and sentenced as an LSD kingpin in the early 90s.
Seth found his voice behind bars. During his 25-year sentence, he earned his masters degree and began writing for publications as a contributing author. It didn’t take long for his work to get noticed, both by the public and by the prison system. Despite frequently landing himself in solitary confinement, because of the truths he exposed while in prison, he never stopped telling stories of a lifestyle few manage to tastefully articulate.
After his release, Seth knew he wanted to turn Supreme Team into a graphic novel. He had already written a book with Kenneth McGriff’s blessing, after the two had spent years together in the same correctional facility. Adapting it into a visual medium speaks volumes toward Ferranti’s storytelling sensibilities. To bring this book to life, he is working with illustrator Joe Wills and journalist/ producer Anthony Mathenia
There are 11 days left to join the Supreme Team. The trio are 66% funded. As a semi-biographical comic, the team’s proximity to the original source suggests that Supreme Teamstands to be an authentic look into urban crime. Ferranti and company take the zoot suits, tommy guns and booze smuggling of prohibition-era gangster comics and recontextualize it for the 21st Century.
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