Oh, the excitement of it all! Accomplishment!
Arigon Starr wrote, drew, inked, colored, lettered and designed this mini-comic book just in time for the annual WonderCon Comic Book Convention. WonderCon takes place on April 18-20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. You can get more information about WonderCon here: http://www.comic-con.org/wca
“Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers #1″ is the story of a group of Choctaw soldiers in World War I. “Many people have heard of the Navajo Code Talkers in World War II, but not a group of soldiers involved in the first organized code talking unit,” remarked Arigon. “I didn’t know much about it until seeing the PBS documentary on the group a few years back. What a compelling story and what an honor to bring this story to contemporary audiences.”
Last year at the Denver Comic Con, Lee Francis IV, the managing editor of INC Comics created some poster-sized graphics from the work done on “INC’s Universe #0,” which featured a grandfather reading with a grand-daughter about the Code Talkers. “I originally created the small cover of a comic book to fill the space within an image — and Lee blew that up and displayed the art at our booth in Denver,” Arigon recalled. “We were all surprised how positively the fans at Denver responded to the project and how many of them asked, ‘Where can I buy this?'”
The members of INC talked amongst themselves and Lee and Arigon decided to put “Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers” into production. “I like to think I’m pretty quick at getting a project started and finished, but doing the Choctaw story took months and months of effort. I did lots of research and then lots of drawing to decide on a design style of the artwork. This book looks different than ‘Super Indian,’ and was a lot more work for me than I had anticipated,” she remembered. “Denver Comic Con was in June of 2013 — and I finally put the finishing touches on the book just a few weeks ago.”
“Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers #1″ is a teaser comic for a much larger book that will be released by INC Comics in the fall. Other contributors are Roy Boney, Michael Sheyahshe, Theo Tso, Kristina BadHand and Jonathan Nelson. Each of the stories tell the tale of a different tribal group who served as Code Talkers in all of the major military conflicts.
The mini-comic will be on sale at WonderCon for $5.00. You can find Arigon, INC member Theo Tso and the Indigenous Narratives Collective at Small Press area in Hall C, Booth #SP-092.
More info to come on buying the comic online, plus the release date of the full “Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers” book. Stay tuned!
Arigon Starr traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the March 8th Native Comic Book Workshop sponsored by the Tulsa City-County Library’s American Indian Resource Center. Comic creators Michael Sheyahshe, Roy Boney and Lee Francis IV joined Arigon at the Martin Regional Library for the two-plus hour workshop. Lots of folks of all ages and from all different communities attended the talk which covered the history of Native Americans in comics, plus various how-tos for writing, drawing and publishing comic books.
“It was so much fun to hang out with my friends and collaborators,” said Arigon. “Roy, Michael and Lee had so much information to give to the audience. It really helped me, because I had come down with a stomach virus the day before and was really off my game,” she related. “So nice to know that I’m not out here working alone on changing the stereotypes in popular comics.”
Arigon also worked with a group of kids a few days prior to the group workshop. Local Native kids, plus a van load of Osage students who are working on making comic books in the Osage language attended the hands-on session. “They came in all the way from Pawhuska,” Arigon marveled. “Their instructor Cameron was adamant that each student take the work seriously so they would be able to create stories of their own using their tribal language. This has got to be the start of an empowering movement!”
After the Saturday workshop, the Native creators gathered and discussed plans for upcoming projects including their group collaboration, “Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers” and Arigon’s upcoming “Super Indian Volume Two.”
“Huge thank you to the American Indian Resource Center’s Teresa Runnels and my friend Mark Abbott for bringing all of us into to Tulsa. I look forward to doing a lot more of this work,” smiled Arigon.
The Indigenous Narratives Collective can next be seen at WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center April 18-20. More details to come!
We thank all of you for reading the webcomic and even MORE for BUYING copies of “Super Indian Volume One.”
If anyone asks you what the heck this comic is about, this graphic might help:
**FYI — if you’ve never heard of an “Elevator Pitch” — it’s the shortest description you can use to describe your project.
As many of you know, WordPress and it’s many contributors update themes, plug-ins and such. There was an update today that we here at Rezium did — and all heck broke loose.
As soon as we can fix the problem, we’ll have ALL of the “Super Indian” webcomics back. In the meantime, here’s this week’s panel and next Monday’s panel.
Hope to have this all fixed before you even know it happened!
Next Week’s panel — for 1/20/2014.
Dodger fans, look closely and you might see Clayton “The Claw” Kershaw and Juan Uribe grinning in the background. Nothing like going zip-lining with Major League Baseball players!