Native American Portrayals in Comics, Part 1

By | Saturday, March 10, 2007 Leave a Comment
Well, I did indeed attend the Native American Portrayals in Comics, like I said I was hoping to. Overall, I rather enjoyed it.

Going in, I wasn't sure what to expect. It was billed as a "panel" but it was to last from 10 am until 4 pm, which struck me as a bit long for a panel. I got there shortly after 10 and it was set up for a panel, but the people who had been promoted as panelists were sitting at smaller tables off to the sides. It was only about an hour later that I chanced upon a schedule of the day's events, and learned that the first panel was actually going to be a 1:00 and a second panel at 4:00. (My only complaint about the whole day was that this schedule wasn't made more readily available.)

There was one vendor at the back, who also had out a collection of older comics featured Native Americans on the covers. And several Indian artists (fine artists, for the most part, not comic artists) out front working in whatever mediums were their preference. The rest of the museum was in full operation with various other Native American exhibits, including the a special Lichtenstein/Warhol set. I went to look through that first, thinking that perhaps things would get rolling in the comic book area later.

I spoke with some of the folks there about the absurdities of 60-foot-tall purple gorillas wearing Indian headresses and firing giant arrows at Daniel Boone, and talked with Rob Schmidt for a bit about his work in particular. I picked up some of the books he had available and went off to find lunch.

(It's getting late, and I've had a long day, so I'll relay my thoughts about the rest of the gig tomorrow.)
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