Warren Ellis and Michael Allred’s collaboration The Spirit of Bacardi, which retraces the history of the company, has made its online debut.
As we noted last month, the graphic novel — commissioned by Bacardi — focuses on Emilio Bacardi, son of Bacardi creator Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, “and his tireless work for Cuban independence from Spain in the late 1800s.” Emilio Bacardí was imprisoned and exiled, but eventually became the first freely elected mayor of Santiago de Cuba.
To help capture a little of the company’s rich history, Allred even put drops of Bacardi Gold in his ink. “I loved the idea of adding Bacardi rum to the ink to make it a real part of the graphic novel’s DNA,” he said in a statement. “It’s something I have never done before and makes the artwork unique.”
Bacardi has also released an entertaining short video about Ellis, Allred and the making of the graphic novel, which you watch below.