Josef Tzegai Yohannes, a native of Eritrea, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark with his twin sister in 1980. At the age of 9, he and his family moved to Oslo, Norway. A shy, adventurous child, from an early age he had a vision and a goal of helping people and making the world to a better place for all of us.

From an early age, he experienced bullying, poverty, racism, and fear, yet he participated in charity events, and always had hope for a better future. As he grew older, he decided to study human rights and political science with the goal of earning a political position that would allow him to take on social issues of the underprivileged.

The Urban Legend
Publishing History

The first issue of The Urban Legend, was originally published in January 2012 in Norway. After rave reviews in Norway, Josef took TUL to San Diego Comic Con 2012. At SDCC, TUL was selected for a digital publishing deal with USA TODAY. The first issue released commercially in Norway in 2013 and quickly became a success. From there on the comic has been released in 2 seasons, along with a hardcover compilation book for season 1. The collected edition for TUL Season 1 has gone on to sell over 10,000 units in the Norwegian market. Additionally, special editions of the comic focused on moral and social issues such as bullying, education and ebola have also been published through “The Urban Legend Inspirator.” 16 issues have currently been printed with a total of 27 that have been fully produced.

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