In yesterday’s discussion of Marvel’s new Red Wolf comic and comics journalism, I had talked a lot about other comics by and about indigenous people but cut it from an already lengthy piece. However, in the discussion of whether Red Wolf needs to be supported just because it promotes diversity*, I suggested some other options — please list more in the comments!
• Just throwing this in there: there are comics by indigenous people. Like Chad Solomon (above) of Rabbit and Bear Paws, a series of books that present First Nations myths and legends for younger readers. I’m sure some people may think that Solomon and his company, Little Spirit Bear Productions, play a little too much on indigenous images that white people expect but hey, he does it, and he works with other First Nations creators. His comics, his decision. Solomon just jumped to mind because he’s been at it a while and we chatted for a while at TCAF in 2014.
Aboriginal writer James Leask wrote on Comics Alliance
The only pan-aboriginalism worth celebrating is one of many voices, and this book contains more of them than is usually seen in one place. That feels like a revolutionary act in a medium and culture that rarely appreciates this integral distinction.
• I was a bit surprised that no one in the Red Wolf bought up Scalped
Red Wolf is a character from the bad old days of on the nose superheroes who wear the most offensive cultural markers invented by white America as characterization. Scalped is a nuanced, complex look at people who happened to be Native American. Even if it was not created by Native Americans, it makes a more important statement than superhero reboots.
• That said, please check out some of the work I’ve linked to above. I think everyone of the creators I’ve mentioned would appreciate a tangible sale as much as a free tweet of support.
• Finally, Marvel, if you want a NA character that EVERYONE wants WHY NOT THUNDERBIRD????
• Buying crappy comic just because they promote any agenda, even a good one, is ultimately self defeating.