It’s happening again! The Indigenous Narratives Collective is gathering May 23-26, 2013 for the annual Phoenix Comic Con. This time, the group includes Native artist/writer/creators Ryan Huna Smith, Jacques LaGrange, Jon Proudstar and Theo Tso. The panel takes place on Saturday, May 25th from 12noon to 1:00pm. Thanks to Ryan Huna Smith — the panel boasts a most amazing moderator — the legendary Native American literature renaissance poet from Acoma Pueblo, Simon Ortiz.
Arigon took the planning reigns from the busy hands of Jacques LaGrange and worked directly with Shawn Demumbrum at the Phoenix Comic Con organization. “After many, many emails between me, the artists and Shawn, we nailed down our panelists, panel time and all the details,” said Arigon. “I’m so excited to be part of such an excellent group of artists. I’m sure that Mr. Ortiz will have some great questions for us. Hope that the room is packed and standing-room only like last year!”
Arigon will be at the Indigenous Narratives Collective booth (Tables #2315 & #2317) throughout the convention. “Looking forward to seeing folks that I saw last year and hopefully some new artists promoting their own work. I understand that Jacques LaGrange will finally have copies of his Native super-hero “Shadow Wolf” with him, plus Theo Tso will have copies of “Captain Paiute” to sell. There can never be enough Native superheroes. We are just barely scratching the surface here!”
“Super Indian” continues online focusing on a new storyline about Vampires. “The Curse of Blud Kwan’Tum” is scheduled to run two issues and will be featured in “Super Indian Volume Two.”
“Working super hard to get the issues finished before the end of the year,” Arigon smiled.
“The Curse of Blud Kwan’Tum” tells the story of a vampire desperate to become a full-blood Indian. Another popular series, “Twilight” is also in the sights of fangirl Arigon. “Yes, I read all of the ‘Twilight’ books and saw all the movies. Like Neil Innes (of Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and Monty Python fame) used to say, ‘I suffered for my art. Now, it’s YOUR turn.’ It’s been fun to do a Mad Magazine-like satire of the world of those sparkly vampires.” Instead of Bella and Edward — it’s Giblet and Clive near the Cowlitz Reservation near Battle Ground, Washington. “I have a bunch of good friends from that part of the world and I try to mention them whenever I can,” said Arigon. “It was cool to be able to incorporate the satire into the already silly storyline of Blud Kwan’Tum. Don’t you think a vampire would kill to get his own CDIB card? Ayyy!,” she joked.
Arigon also made time to visit the beautiful island of Maui. “The only experience I had of Hawaii was on the way to and back from the Philippines,” Arigon remembered. “My Dad was stationed there and we lived in the P.I. for two years. The airport was dark and deserted….so there were no sightings of Magnum, PI or Dano,” she laughed.
While Arigon was there she purchased a beautiful, brand-new Ukelele. “It’s a neat traveler-sized model — so don’t be surprised if you see me with it on an upcoming road trip,” she enthused. “I might even have to do a ukelele CD like Eddie Vedder!”
She continues to work on new music, including a collection of songs based on Robert J. Conley’s western outlaw novels. We are all hoping to hear new music from Arigon later this year.
Gentlemen, start your engines and may the best Ukelele player win!
Arigon will also be traveling to the Denver Comic Con. More details next week!