Increasingly, we’re seeing graphic novels and comics authored by Aboriginal writers and illustrators. As a fan of graphic novels in general (and an avid reader of comics as a kid), I am super happy to see this growing body of work.
Interested in acquiring these for your libraries or just because you want to support Aboriginal writers and illustrators? If so, here are some places to start:
- Darkness Calls – Available through The Healthy Aboriginal Network (Canada)
- Illustrated by Steve Sanderson (Cree), Darkness Calls focuses on discussing suicide, particularly as it impacts First Nations’ youth
- Steve Sanderson was also showcased on Global National’s Everyday Heros program. Here’s the news clip.
- Rabbit and Bear Paws – Little Spirit Bear Productions (Canada)
- Chad Solomon (Anishinabe) is the creator and illustrator.
- Sacred Circles (see page 3 of the linked document) – Birchbark Comics (Canada)
- Sacred Circles and Birchbark Comics were created by Brandon Mitchell (Mi’kmaq), who is from Listuguj, a Mi’kmaq community located in southeastern Quebec
- The website for Birchbark Comics is no longer active, so I’m not sure if they’re still in business (I hope that they are).
Another place to visit is Blue Corn Comics (United States), which has created the comic Peace Party. The creator of Blue Corn Comics is Rob Schmidt (non-Aboriginal). Blue Corn Comics involves Native American writers and illustrators in its work and has a Board of Advisors that reviews each script for accuracy and/or insensitivity to Native American cultures and peoples.
If you are aware of others that I’ve missed, please feel free to post a comment to the blog. Thanks!