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The Web ROCKWiRED
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NOVEMBER 21, 2016
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http://www.rockwired.com/IndigeneousComicCon.jpgROCK iS RED
ATTENDED THE FiRST EVER   iNDiGENOUS COMiC CON AND SCORES iNTERViEWS WiTH NATiVE COMiC BOOK CREATORS Z.M. THOMAS, ARiGON STARR, iNDiAN RiGHTS ADVOCATE SUZAN HARJO AND FiLMMAKERS JOHN LiTTLE AND KENN LiTTLE!!!

As a child who attended pow wows and various Indian-themed conferences thanks to my mother working for the NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS (NCAI), I would often retreat into fantasy and play with my STAR WARS action figures with some of the other children while the adults did their thing. Now, at the age of 41, I have attended the first ever INDIGENOUS COMIC CON at the HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER in Albuquerque, NM and to call the experience "surreal" was an understatement. It had all of the elements of a pow-wow, an Indian art show, a conference and sci-fi convention complete with cosplayers. It was the childhood pow wow experience complete with droids, DARTH VADER and some storm troopers. No event with COMIC CON in it's title would be be complete without any of these elements, but this one was different. This event was all about Native people creating imagery and stories that define them as people. One of those people is ARIGON STARR - the creator of SUPER INDIAN - whom ROCK IS RED has profiled previously. At this event we also got to meet Mdewakanton Sioux writer Z.M. THOMAS - the owner of TREPIDATION COMICS and creator of SIOUX FALLS - a steampunk comic inspired by the DAKOTA UPRISING of 1862. Since iconography is essential in comic art the subject of mascots and taking charge of the imagery that defines us as native people made all the sense in the world to be included in this event and the presence and wisdom of SUZAN HARJO was most welcomed. Accompanying HARJO were Standing Rock Sioux filmmakers JOHN and KEN LITTLE to discuss their upcoming film MORE THAN A WORD: MASCOTS AND POP CULTURE REPRESENTATION. 

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Z.M. THOMAS (Mdewakanton Sioux) creator of SIOUX FALLS and owner of TREPIDATION COMICS.

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ARIGON STARR (Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma) creator of SUPER INDIAN.

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BB-8 of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS was in attendance.

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THE JIR PROJECT BAND took to the stage.  

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A poster for the the documentary film MORE THAN A WORD.

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No smiles in this pic!

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RELATED LiNKS:

http://www.TrepidationComics.com
http://www.superindiancomics.com
http://www.morethanawordfilm.com
http://www.indigenouscomiccon.com

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http://www.rockwired.com/brian.JPG BRiAN LUSH (FOUNDER, EDiTOR-iN-CHiEF)
Brian Lush is a music industry professional and entrepreneur. In 2005 he launched the online music site Rockwired.com to help promote new music artists in conjunction with the weekly radio show Rockwired Live which aired on KTSTFM.COM from 2005 - 2009. In 2010 He launched the daily podcast series Rockwired Radio Profiles which features exclusive interviews and music. He has also developed and produced the online radio shows Jazzed and Blue - Profiles in Blues and Jazz, Aboriginal Sounds - A Celebration of American Indian and First Nations Music, The Rockwired Rock N Roll Mixtape Show and The Rockwired Artist of the Month Showcase. In 2012, Brian Lush and his company Rockwired Media LLC launched the monthly digital online magazine Brian Lush's Rockwired (formerly Rockwired Magazine). The magazine attracts over 75,000 readers a month and shows no signs of stopping. Brian Lush's Rockwired also bares the distinction of being the first American Indian-owned rock magazine. Brian Lush is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Brian Lush's background in music journalism, radio and podcast hosting, podcast production, web design, publicity, advertising sales, social media and online marketing, strategic editorial planning and branding have all made Rockwired a name that is trusted and respected throughout the independent music industry.


CONTACT BRiAN LUSH AT: djlush@rockwired.com


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