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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-983-4609, Ext. 21.
— Jennifer Levin
Dale Deforest; photo Jefferson James