ARTISTS IN THIS ISSUE
Amanda Strong is a Michif filmmaker, photographer and illustrator. She works out of Vancouver, which is unceded Coast Salish territory. Her films have been shown all over the world and won many awards. They often use puppets and stop-motion camera work to tell stories that are especially important to Indigenous people. Nahathaway (Cree) artist beyon wren moor created the illustrations for UpFront. Beyon is a two-spirit, transgender illustrator, print-maker and tattoo artist from Pimicikamak in Manitoba’s Treaty 5 territory who now lives in occupied Pocumtuck Territories (western Massachusetts). Her art focuses on her love for the earth and her work to help defend the land and protect the waterways of Turtle Island. Allan Richard created the map on pages 14-15, and the illustrations in the “Living Well Together” story. He is an Ojibwe graphic designer and illustrator from McCreary, Manitoba in Treaty 2 territory. He spent his younger years reading comics and drawing many of the characters from those pages. He is writing and illustrating his own series of self-published comic books. The fiction story “Del’s Truck” was illustrated by Alice RL, a professional Illustrator based in Treaty 1 territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The non-binary Ojibwe artist draws inspiration from personal experiences and cultural teachings, and blends it with bright, playful colours. Alice also works on game and comic book art, digital and traditional illustration, and graphic design. Illustrator Alex Diochon has been drawing history comics for Kayak since 2011, including “Power of the People” in this issue. He has also worked on the card game 5 Minute Dungeon, the comic Crafting and the animated show Ugly Americans, as well as several web comics. He lives in Oakville, Ontario, in a territory known as the Brant Tract, named for the famous Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant.