Arigon Starr is the Featured Author on “Native America Calling” Book of the Month for August 2012

For your reading pleasure — reprinted from our sister site, superindiancomics.com:

Hey there everyone!

Heads-up! Tomorrow – Arigon Starr will be the featured “Book of the Month” guest on the national call-in show “Native America Calling.”

If you’ve never experienced the show — you’ve been missing out. They feature the coolest Native American folks around in all areas of sports, politics, entertainment and culture. They broadcast from Studio 49 in Albuquerque, New Mexico every Monday through Friday at these times:

Eastern Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Central Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Mountain Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Pacific Time: 10:00am-11:00am

If you’re brave enough to call-in and ask a question — there’s a PRIZE for you. You will receive a copy of the 2nd printing of “Super Indian: Volume One” that features a brand new cover and some new art inside.

The call in number is:

1-800-996-2848, that’s 1-800-99-NATIVE

You can listen online through many of the stations that carry the show live — check out the list here:

http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

Tomorrow, we will post the new cover art for your enjoyment.

LF3 Award and Super Indian Goes To Brisbane!

indigenous narratives collective logo

The fantastic logo for the Indigenous Narratives Collective designed by Navajo artist Jonathan Nelson

We are all stoked to the max here at Starrwatcher Online!

It was just announced this morning that Arigon Starr is the recipient of the LF3 Award by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Here’s a description of the award from the Wordcraft Circle website:

LF3 Memorial Award (Wordcrafter of the Year): Arigon Starr
For her work with the Indigenous Narratives Collective in trying to bring more attention to the work of Native American comic book artists and graphic novelists and connect with our youth and communities by tapping into the artistic spirit coupled with good storytelling.

 

The award will be presented at the upcoming “Returning The Gift” conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As many of you know, Arigon is working feverishly at the moment to get to press “Indigenous Narratives Collective #1,” a collection of comic/graphic novel pages from a selection of Native American comic book artists. Included in the book are creators/artists Ryan Huna Smith, Michael Sheyahshe, Beth Aileen Dillon, Theo Tso, Marcus Moseley/Spider Moccasin and Roy Boney.

Other contributors include Marty Two Bulls and Jonathan Nelson.

The comic book will be available for FREE at upcoming conferences like Returning the Gift and comic conventions around the country. “We wanted to make a small comic to showcase the large talent pool of artists/creators/writers around Indian country. I’m sure a lot of folks will be surprised at the depth and diversity of the work going on around the Nations,” said Arigon.

You can read more about the Returning the Gift Conference here:

http://yukhika-latuhse.org/yukhika-latuhse.html

You can read more about Wordcraft Circle here:

http://www.wordcraftcircle.org/

Here’s more about LF3, aka Lee Francis III, the noted Native writer who the award is named after:

http://www.hanksville.org/storytellers/lfrancis/

Arigon with a Kangaroo near Brisbane, Australia

Arigon hanging out with a cool Kangaroo at a wildlife preserve near Brisbane, Australia. Note she is wearing her South Sidney Rabbitoh shirt. Go Rabbitohs!

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Arigon’s radio script for “Super Indian” is part of an upcoming event in Brisbane, Australia.

Arigon’s friend, Nadine McDonald Dowd is the director of Kuril Dhagun at the Queensland State Library in Brisbane is hosting a series of evening events spotlighting aboriginal and indigenous writers. The series is called “BL.INK: BLACK INK: FIRST AND FOREMOST” and takes place at the Library Cafe in the beautiful Library in the center of Brisbane, Australia.

As many of you know, Arigon performed her one-woman comedy with music “The Red Road” at the Queensland Library back in 2008.

Nadine selected the radio script for “Super Indian” to be part of the series and a group of talented Aboriginal actors will read her work.

Arigon took her original work and did a quick re-write to add Australian flavor to the script. The actors, lead by the awesome Steven Oliver, will be reading “Commod Bod,” which is the origin story of “Super Indian,” where young Hubert Logan eats tainted commodity cheese and gains super powers.

You can read more about BL.INK here:

http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/kd/blink/first-foremost

“This is going to be so cool,” laughed Arigon. “I was able to flesh out my original five minute script and explore the origins of one of the key figures in ‘Commod Bod,’ the mad professor Dr. Eaton Crowe. I always imagined he would be a comic take on actor Russell Crowe, and can’t wait to hear what these very talented and funny folks will do with the script.”

If we’re lucky enough…maybe Nadine and her crew will share a video or audio link with us. We’ll link it up if it happens!

Congratulations, Arigon! Well deserved and we are proud of you!

 

Fantastic CDBaby Offer

Wes Studi and his copy of Backflip

Yes, that’s famous Cherokee actor Wes Studi with his own copy of Arigon’s CD “Backflip”

Excited to let you know that my favorite music service, CDBaby.com has a special deal on until August 3rd that will make a BIG difference here at Wacky Productions. For every MP3 download you buy from now until Friday, August 3rd, we’ll get to keep 100% of the profits.

As a lot of you know, when you sign up to utilize an online music service like CDBaby or iTunes, the bigger company keeps a portion of the sales. The usual split with CDBaby is 75/25 — which is pretty darn good. However, this week we’ll get to keep the 99 cents if you decide to download “Junior Frybread” from CDBaby.

We’ve been working with CDBaby for a long time now. We work with them as an online music retail service, and they’re our web host. They have GREAT customer service and always have an answer for any questions we throw at them. And they’re even nice about! You know that means a lot!

All four of my CDs are up there — “Meet The Diva,” “Wind-Up,” “Backflip” and “The Red Road.” It would be great if you downloaded all four of the CDs….but even if you decide to cherry pick and buy only your favorites…or assemble an “Arigon Starr Greatest Hits” collection…that would be fantastic.

It’s always interesting to see which tracks are the most popular….and it’s often the songs I don’t think people will go crazy for. AAY! I’m so happy these songs are loved by more than just me….and what I joy it will be to lay down some new music for all you.

I would love to get back into the studio….but, dang it…it costs money to do that. You can help!

Here’s a quick link to “The Red Road” which will take you directly to CDBaby:

Arigon Starr: The Red Road - Original Cast Recording

We sure do appreciate your support. Will have more news for you soon! It’s been a busy time and we’re excited about sharing all the good news!

An Old Fashioned Love Song

Happy Summer Everyone!

I’m back in Los Angeles and having a great summer so far. What a whirlwind the past few months have been. As most of you know, I’ve finally released a print version of “Super Indian” that compiles all of the online comic issues. The hardest part was having to fully complete issue #4, “Technoskin.” Yep, 23 pages of story to flesh out the 64 page book. That was a lot of sketching, pencilling, inking, coloring, lettering and set-up. Sure hope you’ve taken advantage in ordering a book either through the “Super Indian” website or through Amazon. I sure do appreciate it!

Some folks have asked what happened to Issue #1. Yes, there is an Issue #1 and the story is called “Origins.” It pretty much follows the storyline of the first episode of the “Super Indian” radio show, “Commod Bod.” You’ll see the ill-fated Derek Thunder birthday party where the boys ate the tainted commodity cheese…and the mayhem that ensues.

I’m still tweaking the “Origins” storyline and it will surface eventually!

Prepping “Super Indian” to head to San Diego Comic Con next week with 100,000 of my best friends. AAAY!

Comic Con is pretty much the biggest thing going in comics and pop culture and I don’t want to miss it. There will be another gathering of the Native American comics group, the Indigenous Narratives Collective, but it will be unofficial. We hope that at next year’s Comic Con our group will be part of their programming. Baby steps!

Janet Miner (Wacky’s CEO and the editor of the “Super Indian” comic book) and I will be handing out promo postcards and talking up “Super Indian” and the Indigenous Narratives Collective. We’re also going to meet up with Native artists Jacques LaGrange and Teddy Tso and hopefully others.

One of the many benefits of living in Los Angeles is the wealth of screenings and talk-backs that take place practically every day. Think of it — UCLA and USC have film schools, there’s the American Film Institute, the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts & Sciences, not to mention all the professional guilds located here in LA. In the past few months, I’ve been able to see screenings featuring cast members of “The Walking Dead” and George Clooney and the gang promoting “The Descendents.”

As many of you know who read my blog and my website, I’m a long time fan of Brian DePalma’s horror classic “Phantom of the Paradise.” I first saw the movie back in the day….and have seen it hundreds of times. Know all the songs, quote the dialogue. One of my favorite websites is The Swan Archives which details the production in loving detail. What surprised me were other die-hard fans of the film — like well-known movie directors Guillermo Del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy”), Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction,” “Kill Bill”).

Panel from Hubert's Blog

How much do I love “Phantom?” Fans of the film might remember this dialogue from the “Welcome to Sing Sing!” speech that I referenced in Issue #3 of “Super Indian.”

Nice to know you’re not alone!

Growing up in San Diego, California, the group of friends my sister Gay and I hung out with were also massive fans of “Phantom of the Paradise,” including Janet and Pam Holmberg and Janet Miner and her sister Ellen Perry.

Although we didn’t know it — this same group of kids saw multiple screenings of “Phantom” at the local multi-plex, then watched it dozens of times on the new cable movie channel, Channel 100. [I know by stating that…I am way back dating myself! AAY!] I always loved the music from the film.

Our group were all fans of Bowie, Queen, Elton John and the Beatles at the time…and it was shocking to learn all the cool music was written by Paul Williams.

Paul Williams? The guy who wrote “We’ve Only Just Begun” — as sung by the squeaky clean (yet awesome in every way) group The Carpenters?

Oh my!

I bought a few Paul Williams records, the “Phantom” soundtrack, loved Three Dog Night singing “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” and watched Paul on many of his TV appearances. He was all over the place in the 1970s and 1980s.

My first Paul Williams sighting was at the Roxy Theater a few years back. There was a night of “Phantom” music put on back in 2007 by Donovan Leitch that had a mash-up of glam-styled stuff. Yes, Paul Williams was there, singing “The Hell Of It” — with a marching band. Very cool stuff!

Then, Paul became the President and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), which is the performing rights group I belong to. I thought I was gonna faint when I got my first ASCAP check signed by….Paul Williams!! I almost didn’t want to cash it….even though it was a stamped signature. Oh, what a brush with greatness!

I even saw Paul working out at Crunch Gym one afternoon….but didn’t dare bother him on the treadmill. That Crunch Gym in West Hollywood was quite the hotbed of stars. You could see everyone from Fabio to Carrot Top working out there. Bob Harper, from “The Biggest Loser” does a once-a-week spin class that I saw his former co-trainer Jillian Michaels and her friend Vanessa Marcil escaping from. [I never got up the nerve to take his class — it was challenging even for the super fit!]

When the notice from the Landmark Theaters came announcing they were having a screening of “Still Alive” at the Nuart Theater with a special appearance by Paul Williams, you know I got right online and bought tickets. I had read in the papers that there was a documentary coming out about Paul Williams…and knew it would bring back some memories and answer the question — “Whatever happened to Paul Williams?”

The film, “Still Alive” was written and directed by Stephen Kessler. As the movie begins, he reveals he was also a super fan of Paul Williams and “Phantom of the Paradise.” The film is a loving, yet unflinching look at celebrity, substance abuse and redemption. There were fantastic clips from many of those shows I saw as a kid (even the episode of “Baretta!”) and his many talk and game show appearances. Both Kessler and Williams answered questions after the packed screening.

There aren’t many celebrities who get it right and treat fans like people. Paul Williams stuck around after the screening and gave folks who lined up an autographed poster and a few minutes of his time. I was able to give him a big hug, thank him for signing my ASCAP checks and tell him thanks. The one other superstar who was like this to me was country legend Garth Brooks. He took time to listen, smile and be appreciative of the folks who waited to get their moment.

Here’s my moment with Paul Williams!

Paul Williams and Arigon Starr

Arigon with the legendary songwriter/actor Paul Williams at the screening of Stephen Kessler’s documentary “Still Alive.”

If you get a chance, go see “Still Alive.” It’s making the rounds and it’s a well-done documentary. You can read more about it here:

Still Alive

The Official Paul Williams Website

The Swan Archives

 

Indian Country Today Chats with Arigon

Super Indian in action

Super Indian is now in action across the US!

The roll out for “Super Indian Volume One” press is starting to happen. This past week, the national newspaper “Indian Country Today” featured an in-depth interview with Arigon Starr. It’s a fantastic article and features some exclusive art from the just-published graphic novel.

For those of you who aren’t regular visitors to Arigon’s “Super Indian” website at www.superindiancomics.com — the graphic novel is on sale there for $19.99, plus $5.00 shipping and handling. The book is also now available on Amazon.com. The folks at Wacky and Rezium Studios are also hard at work formatting the book for digital devices. As soon as we get word on when “Super Indian Volume One” is ready for your iPad, Kindle or Nook — you’ll be the first to know.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE ABOUT “SUPER INDIAN” ON INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY’S WEBSITE.

Arigon has got some exciting plans coming up — including joining the Comic Book Universe at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con, plus a music performance at the LA Skins Music Festival at the Autry in Los Angeles on July 21st, plus a Native Comic Book Workshop at the Heard Museum. Stay tuned for more information, plus a short travelogue about Arigon’s recent trip to New Mexico for the Western Writers of America Conference in Albuquerque.