Here's a part of the sequence giving a brief background of their origin....
I think this is the first sketch I made of the characters:
For the longest while, I've been in interested in doing a story involving vodou. Like most people, my earliest exposure to vodou was via the prism of movies and comic books, a highly stylized and fictionalized one at that. The James Bond film LIVE AND LET DIE, the Italian horror film ZOMBI 2 and the Marvel Comic book series starring Brother Voodoo kindled my imagination as a kid and has stayed with me all these years.
We all know zombies are all the rage nowadays, and they're definitely good material for a story. But I always found that the zombies as they're known in Haitian folklore have a more interesting back story as opposed to the typical zombie 'virus' or 'scientifically explained' zombie. The supernatural zombie, as brought upon through Haitian vodou, provides a rich tapestry that weaves elements of culture and religion through it's threads. There's rich story elements to approach from that angle, at least that's the appeal to me.
One of the things I learned was that, while the bad (evil) aspects of vodou are the ones that have been most popularized in fiction, the majority of those that practice have no ill intentions. It's just a form of worship, as found in most religions. But there are indeed cases when the bad side can be invoked by individuals. Left hand and right hand vodou, is what it's been referred to. So it's there that I thought I could distinguish my own story, by creating the 'previously unknown' branch known as 'Middle Hand vodou'! If no one's ever heard of it, then I could create something to fit my story. Plus it allowed me to introduce a 'new' god as well.
In vodou, they use symbols called veve. They're drawings, made with flour or cornmeal, that are created on the floor and act as gateways for the lwa (spirits) to interact with the living during ceremonies. So, my own veve was needed and this is what I came up with:
In the end though, despite any research I may do for a book, the whole goal is to create some new exciting characters and involve them in an engaging story using my skills as a comic book creator. The comic isn't 'about' vodou or capoeira, but about Les Vodouisaints and the world I created for them. Hopefully you'll join them in that world, as I'll have an announcement soon about their official debut.