Indigenous Comics and Graphic Novels | Newberry

Indigenous Comics and Graphic Novels

Friday, March 18, 2022

9:30am - 12:30pm

The Newberry Library

Will Hansen, Newberry Library
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The twenty-first century has seen an explosion of comic books and graphic novels created by Indigenous artists and writers. This seminar will survey the field of contemporary North American Indigenous comics, including examples from the Newberry’s large collection of comics by and about Indigenous peoples. We will see historical examples of stereotypical representation in mainstream comics, and Indigenous comics creators’ interrogation of those depictions; look at the development of Indigenous superheroes, from Danielle Moonstar and Thunderbird to Kagagi and Super Indian; examine how Indigenous creators confront issues of importance to their communities, including language revitalization, environmental justice, land rights, public health, and other issues; and discuss exercises to bring Indigenous-created comics into your classroom.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 10, 2021 at 8 a.m. (Central Time). Registration instructions and pricing information can be found here. Once open, registration for this seminar will be available through this link. For more information about NTC purchases, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at

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