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In­dige­nous Comic Con; Lis­ten­ing to the Nat­u­ral World

Na­tive he­roes and hero­ines: In­dige­nous Comic Con

A thriv­ing com­mu­nity of In­dige­nous graphic nov­el­ists, writ­ers, artists, and oth­ers work­ing in pop-cul­ture medi­ums come to­gether for In­dige­nous Comic Con — billed as a haven for Na­tive nerds from all over the world. The con proper is at Al­bu­querque’s Isleta Re­sort and Casino Fri­day, Nov. 10, through Sun­day, Nov. 12, but on Thurs­day, Nov. 9, the IAIA Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Na­tive Arts (MoCNA) hosts a day of pre-con­ven­tion work­shops for as­pir­ing graphic nov­el­ists in Santa Fe. The mas­ter classes are open to fledg­ling stu­dents as well as emerg­ing pro­fes­sion­als, and teach­ers in­clude Dale De­for­est, the writer and il­lus­tra­tor of The Hero Twins, a Na­tive Amer­i­can comic based on the Diné cre­ation story, and Richard Van Camp, au­thor of the novel The Lesser Blessed (1996) and the graphic novel A Blan­ket of But­ter­flies (HighWater Press, 2016). De­for­est and Van Camp will guide par­tic­i­pants in find­ing in­spi­ra­tion, un­der­stand­ing the cre­ative process, and pub­lish­ing work. The work­shops run from 9:30 a.m. un­til 3 p.m. at MoCNA (108 Cathe­dral Place); the cost is $100 (free for stu­dents) and in­cludes a Satur­day pass to In­dige­nous Comic Con. To regis­ter, visit www.in­dige­nous comic­con.com/pre-con­ven­tion-events.

Out­door scrib­blers: Ran­dall Davey Audubon Cen­ter

Dur­ing Lis­ten­ing to the Nat­u­ral World, a nature jour­nal­ing ses­sion at the Ran­dall Davey Audubon Cen­ter (1800 Up­per Canyon Road), par­tic­i­pants can con­nect to lan­guage and the out­doors to en­hance their ef­forts at per­sonal ex­pres­sion with lo­cal artist Stella Reed. The hour­long event — open to jour­nal-keep­ers aged ten and older — be­gins at 5 p.m. on Thurs­day, Nov. 9; the cost is $5 per per­son or $10 per fam­ily. To regis­ter, e-mail sfunk@audubon.org or call 505-983-4609, Ext. 21.

— Jen­nifer Levin

Dale De­for­est; photo Jef­fer­son James

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