More From The Phoenix Comic Con

Lisa and Audrey with Arigon at Phoenix Comic Con

Who bought a "Super Indian" comic first? Lisa and Audrey at the 2012 Phoenix Comic Con.

A happy June to all in the Diva Universe!

It was a super successful and fun trip to the 2012 Phoenix Comic Con. The hard work comic artist/creator Jacques La Grange performed to put together the “Natives in Comics” panel and the group booth space on the Trade Show floor paid off.

I got into town on Thursday and went straight to the Convention Center to set up. It was great to have my Dad’s Pendleton blanketĀ  to grace one of the booth’s tables and add a little “Indian-ness” to the space.

One of the other great things about the group booth was having the resources of Jonathan Nelson, a Navajo graphic designer and artist. He brought his comic creation “The Wool of Jonesey” to the booth, but also his expertise in design. He not only thought up and suggested the name “Indigenous Narratives Collective” or INC….but he designed an awesome banner featuring a professional logo and artwork from myself, Jacques La Grange, Ryan Smith and Jon Proudstar.

Indigenous Narratives Collective banner

Here's the awesome Indigenous Narratives Collective banner designed by Jonathan Nelson.

The banner was eye-catching and a lot of folks stopped in to visit, chat and check our work because of it.

Jon Proudstar was there to introduce the re-boot of his comic from 1990s, “Tribal Force.” After a long hiatus, he’s back with a full-color comic that picks up where the old “Tribal Force” left off. Jacques La Grange’s “Shadow Wolf” is still a work-in-progress, however he’s getting closer to a final comic that I’m sure will be a best-seller. Also on hand was Ryan Huna Smith, who a lot of folks know from Jon Proudstar’s original “Tribal Force,” in addition to his own creations.

As many of you know, “Super Indian” has been running as an online comic since April 2011. It was hard work…but I combined Super Indian #2 (“Here Comes The Anthro”), Super Indian #3 (“Hubert’s Blog”) and Super Indian #4 (“Technoskin”) into “Super Indian Volume One.” Also added are behind-the-scenes stuff like character descriptions, a “Rez Speak” dictionary and profiles of Jim Thorpe and Maria Tall Chief called “Real Super Indians.”

I will have more from the Con in a future post. There’s more good stuff coming down the pike but wanted to share this with you NOW!


Phoenix Comic Con Appearance May 24-27

We hope to see you at the Phoenix Comic con in Phoenix, Arizona May 24-27.

I’ll be part of the Native Americans in Comics Panel on Saturday, May 26th from 4:30-5:30pm.

Part of the fun is that I will have copies of “Super Indian: Volume One” for sale. Yep, finally finished two complete issues and have packaged them into a graphic novel.

Here’s the cover image:

Cover of the Super Indian Graphic Novel

Cover of the Super Indian Graphic Novel



For more information about attending the event, visit the Phoenix Comic Con website at

More soon on the creation process. It’s a doozy! Believe me!

The Late, Great John Talley of KBOO-FM

I posted this on my Facebook page — but wanted to make sure that y’all saw this.


John Talley and Arigon Starr at KBOO-FM

Native radio legend John Talley of KBOO-FM with Arigon Starr.

Wanted to note the passing of one of my friends in Portland, Oregon — John Talley. He was the long-time host of “Indian World,” a weekly Native American-themed show on community radio station KBOO-FM.

John and KBOO-FM were one of the earliest supporters of my music. When I released my first CD, “Meet the Diva” back in 1997, I mailed a copy to the station hoping they would find a place for the pop music I put together. KBOO was one of the very few stations who actually contacted ME and told me they had added my CD to their playlist.

In 1998, I ventured out on one of m first “tours” — which was really me, my guitar and the task of returning a friend’s car from San Diego to Seattle. I made lots of new friends that trip, many who have become like family. My Portland area host that trip was the beautiful Cathy Kehoe and her fantastic daughter Mary Sue Gulzow, who I had met the previous year in Las Vegas. Cathy’s son, Gary Bennett was a member of the ultra-cool alt-country band BR5-49, and me and my sister Gay Wahpecome followed them around like…well, groupies. Okay, I’ll own that! AAY!

I made sure to contact KBOO and let them know I was in town. John Talley told me to come on down and they would put me on the airwaves. Boy, did they! I brought my guitar and performed acoustic versions of songs like “Navajo Radio” and “Indian Bones.” John had a young co-host with him at the time, Spider Moccasin aka Marcus Moseley. We all got on like a house on fire. There was much laughter, heartfelt stories and great music every time we got together.

The last time I saw John, he was definitely slowing down. He told me that he was okay with that…and that he had lived a full life. I had to marvel at his journey. He was a great storyteller and always had lots of plans and ambitions to remind folks that Native people are still here.

Wanted to also share this note from Marcus/Spider about his last visits with John.

I have been to the death bed of John Talley twice in recent times. The oldest native American programmer from Community Radio KBOO 90.7 FM has not got long to live now. Portland, Oregon is about to lose the radio show host with the friendliest, most optimistic tribal content ever heard in these parts for more than a quarter century.

John Talley’s people are from New York, but he made his home in the Pacific NW after the Korean War. He had his own coin and rare stamp shop for awhile, before becoming a volunteer radio show host in the early 70’s at KBOO. Talley has had many co-host sidekicks, including Samantha from Eugene, Derek Romero, Chris Lee, Red Wilow, and myself.

After the fall that broke his hip a couple years ago, Talley’s legendary status as a gregarious lone wolf, prowling the taverns of Portland’s SE, finally ended, leaving behind countless drinking buddies and old friends. But for awhile, John could still be seen zipping about on his scooter, always smiling his friendly smile from underneath his immaculate white van dyke beard and his shiny bald head.

John Talley absolutely refused to become a resident of any old folks’ home or retirement center. He preferred his independence right up to the end, and has been feisty with certain nurses. John’s body might be ready to quit, but his spirit will never give up the ghost! Maybe now, after so many long decades being Portland’s premier tribal radio man, old John Talley is finally about to move on to his Happy Hunting Grounds.

Please pause for a moment to say a prayer for Community Radio KBOO 90.7 FM DJ John Talley, the host of Indian World, and about the nicest, sweetest old man one could ever hope to be mentored by. My celebrated songwriting would not even exist without the broadcast destination, opportunity, and warm audience that Talley shared with me, for which I will be forever grateful.

Marcus Moseley AKA Mr. Spider Moccasin

If you’re in Portland or near a computer on April 1st, Spider/Marcus is going to pay tribute to John Talley live on KBOO. Here’s the details:

Spider Moccasin
Memorial broadcast concert for the late, great John Talley, host of Indian World
Live on the air, after 10 years
Sunday, April 1, 2012, 6:30 – 8 PM
Community Radio KBOO, 90.7 FM, Portland, Oregon

I’m gonna tune in and remember all the good times with John. He was one memorable Mohawk man.

Support your local Native American radio people — wherever you are and whatever station you listen to!

Lewiston, Idaho Is THE Place To Be!

Arigon Flyer at Silverthorne Hall at Lewis-Clark State College

The fantastic flyer created by Angel Sobotta posted in Silverthorne Hall where the concert took place on March 7, 2012

All I can say is…you shoulda been there!

I traveled from Los Angeles to Lewiston, Idaho on Tuesday, March 6th to be part of Lewis-Clark State College’s annual Native American Awareness Week.

As most of you know, Lewis-Clark has an active Native student population, led by Bob Sobotta. As you might have also known, Bob is my friend Angel Sobotta’s husband. It was an honor to be asked to join them and well worth the time I took out of my busy schedule to travel to Nez Perce country.

Bob and the students booked me for a solo acoustic performance at the Silvethorne Theater, which is a beautiful old space on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College.

We had a great crowd of children, elders, students and community members that evening. I had the pleasure of performing a lot of my personal favorite songs, plus debuted a re-tooled version of “Celilo Falls.” “Celilo Falls” was originally debuted at the Museum of Warm Springs fundraiser back in 2010. I revisited the track, writing new verses and keeping the hummable chorus. I’ll put up a sample of the song in the next few weeks. I really like how it turned out.

I also had a group of community kids onstage to do the chorus of “Junior Frybread” with me. Those kids were so much fun. They had a great time pointing to folks in the theater on the “Best bread is over there” line in the chorus of the song. I wish I always had “Junior Frybread” singers with me onstage.

On Thursday, I did a 90-minute lecture about what to expect from the entertainment business as a Native artist. A talk like this could get really discouraging, especially with the few roles and projects on offer for Native actors. I also spoke about surviving in the music business, which is similar to survival as an actor. The crowd was lively and asked a lot of great questions. Was also thrilled to meet once again Claire, the manager from KWIS-FM, the Couer D’Alene tribal radio station. Claire and I first met at last year’s National Federation of Community Broadcaster’s convention in San Francisco, CA. Patrick Dundas, also from KWIS-FM, taped the lecture for later broadcast on their station. Really did my best to encourage folks, but to also realize that there is no overnight success and that you only fail by giving up!

Friday was a short 3-hour workshop on radio drama. Several of the previous participants from last year’s writer’s workshop were there (hey to Art, Janice and Sarah!) to go over the basics. I revamped a couple of unproduced “Super Indian” radio scripts for us to work on. We went through the scripts a couple of times and had lots of laughter over the whole process. It was a kick to have one of the other fine, learned scholars from the Native American Awareness Week join us — Dr. Beth Piatote from UC Berkeley. She had the fun of voicing “Diogi,” the super-intelligent dog character in the “Super Indian” series. I may have to edit and post for your enjoyment….sometime down the road.

Angel Sobotta and her mom Rosa Yearout

Angel Sobotta and her lovely mom Rosa Yearout at the Native American Awareness Week Pow-Wow at Lewis-Clark State College, March 2012

The fun wasn’t over yet — Friday night there was an excellent Pow-Wow that brought out community, faculty and students. It was great to see all the kids and elders there. They had over ten drum groups there and there was non-stop dancing. The kids at the pow-wow had the most beautiful smiles and regalia. The elders who were there stood tall and proud and brought a tear to the eye. There were tons of folks in the stands, enjoying frybread and such.

There was a humorous moment following an honor/giveaway. A young pizza delivery dude was wandering around the gym and headed straight toward one of drums. This is something I’ve never witnessed….a pizza delivery to the drum. Yes, it really happened. (Actually, a guy from the crowd came and collected the pizza…but isn’t it a wonder you don’t see this more often? AAAY!)

Was also great to see Angel Sobotta’s mom, Rosa Yearout in full regalia. She is one the community’s most treasured elders and she’s sweet on top of that! Both ladies are such treasures and it’s great to spend time with them. Here they are in their glory!

One of the other pluses of spending time in Lewiston was staying with Freda Jagelski. Freda is the sister of Thirza Defoe, a fine actor, writer and singer who I know through Native Voices at the Autry. Thirza and I led the Nimiipuu Writers’ Workshop last year.

Thirza introduced us last year and we got on like a house on fire!

The Jagelskis were my hosts for the entire trip. I enjoyed spending time with Freda, her husband Nick and their daughter Josie.

We did something I had never done before…got on a small boat, launched on the Snake River and went bass fishing. Yes, that’s me….two-fisted water and coffee drinker after we got back. Did we catch anything? Only the breeze! AAAY! I will have to make a return trip and show those bass who’s boss, ennit?

Arigon and the bass boat

Arigon in front of the Jagelski's Bass Boat along the Snake River

All in all, it was a fantastic trip. If you ever get a chance to visit with the Native community in Lewiston or Lapwai — do it! They’re working hard to keep culture alive and in the forefront. It really made me glad to know that so many of the young people in the community were making great efforts to learn their tribal language and ways. Not easy in a Facebook/Twitter world.

They’re fun folks and the scenery is breath-taking. I know I’ll return to the Snake River again….and probably take another drive along the Clearwater River. It’s so peaceful and gorgeous there.


Beyond the Panel Interview, Part II

Super Origins 14

Page 14 from Super Indian Issue #1 - Origins

Oh Joy! Part Two of the Arigon Starr interview with is up and ready for you to view. Check it out by clicking on this link:

This image is from the unpublished Issue #1 of “Super Indian,” entitled “Origins.”

If you’ve listened to the “Super Indian” radioshow, you’ll recognize Hubert Logan, General Bear and their nemesis Derek Thunder. As you know, both Derek and Hubert ate the rezium-tainted commodity cheese and gained super powers.

Derek Thunder will be making a comeback in the next edition of “Super Indian.” That’s issue #4…”Technoskin.”

Loving this comic book stuff!! Howah, indeed!