We are happy to report that “Super Indian” is continuing to receive coverage and support from national arts organizations. As many of you know, Arigon was named a Tulsa Artist Fellow for 2017 and is currently living and work in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Recently, the National Endowment for the Arts interviewed Arigon about her work. Their just published Arts Blog appears here:
We think you’ll enjoy what Arigon has to say about working on “Super Indian!”
Arigon Starr’s comic artwork will be part of a special exhibit at the Form & Concept Gallery in Santa Fe. Entitled “Native Realities: Superheroes of Past, Present, and Future,” the exhibit features artwork from talented artists like Weshoyot Alvitre and Jonathan Nelson, plus art from emerging young artists from the Zuni Pueblo. Here’s a link to the Gallery’s website for more information on this exciting event!
The exhibit highlights a most awesome week for Indigenous Comic Creators. The next weekend will be the inaugural Indigenous Comic Con in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More about that event soon. If you can’t wait, visit the Indigenous Comic Con’s website here:
“Super Indian Volume One” has been selected as one of five books in a reading initiative curated by Dr. Debbie Reese and the First Nations Development Institute. “Native Reads” aims to bring attention to Native representation in books for youth.
The program also features teaching guides for each release and helps educators guide students to authentic works about Native people in time for Native American Heritage Month in November.
“We feel it is important to provide an opportunity for people to learn more about Native experiences from a culturally and historically accurate perspective,” said First Nations President & CEO Michael E. Roberts (Tlingit). “We have a responsibility to educate others by sharing authentic resources about Native histories, cultures and peoples. To that end, we are offering a list that we refer to as #NativeReads. All of the books are written by Native authors and have been vetted by a Native expert.”
Here’s a link to the official press release:
We’re sure many of you were wondering where in the heck the new “Super Indian” online comics were! Yes, we had a break in service for awhile…but it was for a justified reason! Arigon has been working endless, dedicated hours on “Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Volume One.”
She finally got all of the writing, drawing, designing and proofing finished and delivered the files to publisher Lee Francis IV at Native Realities Press.
As many of you remember from a few years back, INC Comics/Native Realities issued a teaser issue for “Code Talkers” that featured a story Arigon wrote about the Choctaw Code Talkers. The story, “Annumpa Luma: Code Talker” will be included in the comic anthology, along with the work of Roy Boney, Jr., Michael Sheyahshe, Jonathan Nelson, Theo Tso, Weshoyot Alvitre, Renee Nejo and Johnnie Diacon.
The official press release will be coming soon and we’ll reprint here when we receive it. In the meantime, here’s an image from “Annumpa: Luma” just to refresh your memory!
We’re so excited when bloggers from outside the Native American community find a lot to love about “Super Indian.” Click the link to read what writer Allie Jane Bruce had to say about Arigon’s work: