“Natives in Comics” panel coming to 2013 American Indian Festival of Words

Arigon singing at OU

Arigon Starr singing her heart out on the campus of the University of Oklahoma

Hope everyone is having an awesome 2013 so far! Arigon Starr has been busy traveling over the holiday season. She visited her family in Oklahoma, stopped off to see her pals in New Mexico and has finally returned to Los Angeles to begin work on her next two issues of her comic book, “Super Indian.”

Next month, Arigon will be returning to Tulsa, Oklahoma to participate on a “Natives in Comics” panel at the annual American Indian Festival of Words presented by the Tulsa City-County Public Library’s American Indian Resource Center.

Arigon will also be joined on the panel by Cherokee artist Roy Boney and Caddo artist/author Michael Sheyahshe. Many of you know that Roy Boney has published many comics and was a featured artist in the Eisner-nominated graphic novel “Trickster.” Michael Sheyahshe is the author of the excellent book “Natives Americans in Comics: A Critical Study,” published by McFarland Books. Both gentlemen as also members of the Indigenous Narratives Collective, the group Arigon co-founded with Lee Francis IV of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

The INC group will be talking about how to create your own comic books — coming up with characters, writing the story and drawing your stories. They will also tackle what to do with your book after it’s finished.

More information on the panel and the festival can be found here:

http://www.tulsalibrary.org/airc/

The event is free to the public. You’ll want to get there early as “Natives in Comics” isn’t the only panel happening at the library! There are also panels on Native media, theater, filmmaking and music.

Arigon will have copies of “Super Indian Volume One” for sale, too. Great opportunity to grab a book directly from the author and score an autograph!

Arigon will also be doing media interviews while in the area — more on that when we get the schedule.

See you in T-Town!

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Yellow Balloon in Taos, NM

Up, Up and Away…in my Bee-yoo-tee-full bal-looooon! A big yellow balloon flies over the house in Taos, New Mexico.

As many of you already know — Arigon Starr has been on a lengthy road trip, promoting “Super Indian Volume One” and performing live music gigs.

Her travels took her through Phoenix, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Norman…then back through Albuquerque on the way back to Los Angeles. “I traveled my favorite road, Interstate 40,” she laughed. “Think I know that highway like the back of my hand — just like Richard Doolittle bragged in my play ‘The Red Road.’ I even like the boring parts. A long road trip really gives my creative mind an opportunity to wander.”

Arigon made a brief stop at the Albuquerque Tri-Con. “Thank goodness, Jonathan Nelson, one of the members of the Indigenous Narratives Collective, did most of the heavy lifting,” revealed Arigon. “Some of my family came out from Oklahoma to join me and my Mom in New Mexico. Jonathan’s hard work let me spend some extra time with my kin folks in Taos.”

As you can see above — the family was there to experience the annual Taos Balloon Fiesta. “My friend Janet Holmberg told me they flew right over her house…and danged if it wasn’t true,” laughed Arigon. “My cousins and I spent most of the time on Janet’s patio snapping pictures and taking video. It was amazing how close the balloon were.”

Another exciting stop on the road trip was Arigon’s first performance and academic visit to the campus of the University of Oklahoma. She spoke to two classes in Native American Studies, one for Dr. Todd Fuller and Dr. Geary Hobson. At the lunch break, Arigon treated the campus to a several of her classic tracks, including “Mountain Windsong” and “The Red Road.”

“One of my favorite moments was debuting a new song I’ve been working on for awhile,” Arigon said. “It’s called ‘Oklahoma Home’ and I think I’ve improved it since the last time I sang it back at Cain’s Ballroom. It’s a song full of pride about all the tribes in Oklahoma and how even though Oklahoma isn’t the original lands of the tribes here….we’ve made it our home. I tell you — I felt like Celine Dion belting that song out a cappella.”

Could this be one of the new tracks on Arigon’s next CD project? We sure hope so!

Speaking of Arigon’s CDs….there’s a rumor that Arigon is going to do some super Holiday sales for the product on the CDBaby.com website. Watch this space….you’ll want to get copies of her back catalog for your friends and family!

On the “Super Indian” front — the comic book/graphic novel continues to sell steadily from Amazon and the Super Indian Comics website. “Super Indian Volume One” is also available from iTunes for your iPad or iPhone and on Amazon.com for your Kindle device.

“It wasn’t easy to get the book formatted for digital devices….but somehow I persevered.” We think it’s cool that Arigon not only creates the content for “Super Indian,” but that she also masterminds the computer programs to get her work out to the fans.

Arigon has lots of irons in the fire at the moment. We will keep you posted on her future exploits! She’s always doing something fun!

Sound Files — New and Updated!

Arigon Starr and her black guitar Johnny

Arigon Starr with her black Ovation Guitar named “Johnny”

Hey all you Starrwatcher fans!

We’ve taken time to update all of the wonderful lyric and audio sample pages and hopefully made them easier for you to access and listen to.

On the right-hand sidebar, you’ll notice ALL of Arigon’s releases there with all of the song titles on each CD. Click on the links and you’ll find the lyrics to each song, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the tracks.

We will be adding up some NEW SONGS (!!!) in the next week. Arigon is working on new music and promises a preview for all you loyal Starrwatchers.

Color us….excited!

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Hey all you Diva Fans!

If the Diva News page looks funky for a few hours…it’s just because we’re messing with things and updating and adding new features.

Don’t be alarmed. It’s gonna look great in a few hours, promise!

THE STARRWATCHER ONLINE TEAM HAS SPOKEN!

Native American Times Features Arigon and “Super Indian!”

Arigon Starr and her comic book projects from the Native American Times

Arigon graces the cover of the “Native American Times.” Photo by Karen Shade.

It’s been an eventful few weeks here at Starrwatcher Online. Arigon picked up her Wordcrafter of the Year Award in Milwaukee, performed with her friend Richie Plass and the Indian Summer Festival All-Stars on the Harley Stage at the Indian Summer Festival, gave a successful talk on comic books at the Southeast Indian Writers Conference in Cherokee — and traveled to Oklahoma with her friends Robert & Evelyn Conley.

While she was in Oklahoma, she met up with freelance journalist Karen Shade. Karen, as some of you remember, was an Arts & Entertainment editor at the Tulsa World. Karen is now her own boss and she and Arigon (along with Arigon’s mom, Ruth Wahpecome) gathered for coffee and chat in Tulsa. Karen has always been one of those writers who “get” Arigon and what her projects are all about.

You can now read the wonderful article in this week’s edition of the Native American Times here:

http://www.nativetimes.com/life/entertainment/7845-entertainer-launches-comic-book-series

The national weekly newspaper is available for free in various locations across Indian Country. Be sure to pick up a copy!