Rihanna? I jokes!
It’s Arigon Starr here. Another fabulous sunny day in Los Angeles. Decided I really needed to blog away and keep everyone updated on the doings here at Wacky Productions.
The reason I mentioned Rihanna (who I think is a great singer & artist) — was watching a replay of MTV’s Video Music Awards last weekend. Seems like 80% of the nominated videos were artists….”Featuring Rihanna.” That girl has been busy!
Lady Gaga was the host and throughout the evening, she stayed in character as her “Jo Calderone” character. First of all….Gaga reminded me of one of the Juicy Fruits from the film “Phantom of the Paradise.” If you’re not familiar with “Phantom,” start with The Swan Archives, a site jam-packed with information about the production. It’s a film from Brian DePalma starring Paul Williams that was released in 1974. The Juicy Fruits were a take on Sha-Na-Na, a 1950’s styled group. Here’s how I imagine Jo performing with the Juicy Fruits.
As you can see, I’m clearly not right in the head. Photoshop is my friend!
We all had a good laugh over that. We also enjoyed the guest appearance of rock legend Brian May with “Jo.”Brian was the mastermind behind the classic song “We Will Rock You” and lead guitarist for Queen. I’m sure you knew that! Just testing your trivia skills!
I’ve been slaving over the artwork, coloring and lettering for “Super Indian.” As you know, the current storyline is “Hubert’s Blog” and has been running since April. Yes, that’s a BRAND NEW COMIC every Monday. There’s also a new sub-comic called “Kyle,” which follows the adventures of a hairless cat.
I promised a few photos from the San Diego Comic Con. Here’s one of my favorites:
Had a few wonderful meet-ups with fellow Native comic book creators Jacques LaGrange and Teddy Tso. We talked about forming a collective of Native American comic book artists and writers to help support each others’ work. The group is still in the talking phase, but hope to have news on that soon.
Other groups have formed coalitions….I don’t see why our people can’t do that. Right now, we don’t have much of a presence at the larger Comic conventions. Jacques LaGrange has been really great in raising awareness in Arizona, but all of us need to keep doing what we’re doing and shouting from the rooftops about our work.
On another front, I spent a fantastic long weekend in Lapwai, Idaho working with the Nez Perce Language Program on a radio version of one of their traditional stories. The talented Thirza Defoe was also a part of the group leadership as we put a few tribal members through their paces as writers and actors. We did tape the production and the show will hopefully air on KIYE-FM, the local tribal radio station. Angel Sobotta pulled out all the stops and assembled a talented bunch of folks. Thirza also performed a short dance demonstration at Lapwai Park. Even though it was over 90 degrees, Thirza gave her all and really put on a stunning show.
That’s today’s wrap-up. There will be more…much more….soon!