Uncolored Line art for a redesign of my dinosaur-fighting jungle girl character Nzinga With a Malian anthropologist for a father and an African-American physicist for a mother, Nzinga Keita always had an interest in the sciences, with her favorite discipline by far being paleontology. Her academic aspirations were permanently shattered at age 16 when testing out her mother's recently invented time travel device, which malfunctioned and accidentally sent her back to the Cretaceous Period---the time of dinosaurs much more lively than she expected to study. In the ten years that have passed since then, Nzinga has successfully adapted to life in the jungle, even taming a Dromaeosaurus whom she named Ochosi as a hunting aide (he's not shown here, but Dromaeosaurus is a more heavily built cousin of Velociraptor). However, her solitary existence may near its end when colonists from the distant future decide to settle her new home... I originally conceived of Nzinga as being a pseudo-African tribeswoman native to a fantasy jungle land, but I ended up liking the idea of her as a modern-day African-American woman stranded in our Mesozoic Era a lot more. Think of her now as a black female equivalent to Tarzan or Shanna the She-Devil. However, the story I'm plotting for her has elements of the recently aired but short-lived and somewhat disappointing sci-fi drama Terra Nova insofar as it may feature futuristic colonists settling in prehistoric times. In case you're curious, that knife Nzinga's holding was made from a T. Rex tooth.