Seeking Minorities at Comic-Con
- Indian Comics Irregular #195
For the past several summers I've gone to the San Diego Comic-Con, the country's biggest comic-book convention, on opening day. There I try to find Native or minority products among the comics, video games, movies, and TV shows. Alas, the search usually proves futile. The Con has more vampires and zombies than it does characters of color.
Last year we got to hang with Kiowa Gordon, perhaps the only Indian there officially, and the "Twilight" cast. This year the excitement came from an anti-gay protest across the street. The comic-book nerds didn't take this sitting down; they fought back with signs of their own. These affirmed the genre's message of tolerance ("God Loves Every Body") and made fun of the protesters' fanaticism ("God Hates Kittens").
Here are my reports and pictures from the last three Comic-Cons:
Comic-Con protest vs. "Dudesons" protest
Thoughts on the Comic-Con protest
Pix of Comic-Con 2010
Report on Comic-Con 2010
Our "Twilight" adventure
Report on Comic-Con 2009
"Twilight" panel at Comic-Con
Black Ghost at Comic-Con 2008
Pix of Comic-Con 2008
Report on Comic-Con 2008
"Eclipse's" Emotional Indians
Another summer, another "Twilight" movie. "Eclipse," the third installment in the series, premiered in June. The Quileute werewolves get more action this time, though they don't get to wear shirts. They're joined by Julia Jones as the lone female werewolf and non-Native Tinsel Korey as a Makah girlfriend.
Nobody who saw the movie said much about the Indian roles. A couple of critics noted that brown-skinned ethnic types generally act hotblooded and impulsive while the Anglos act cool and cerebral. Edward the vampire and Jacob the werewolf fit this pattern nicely.
Critics agree: "Eclipse" stereotypes Indians
Kiowa Gordon in a headdress
Birmingham to attend Quileute Days
Native beliefs = werewolf story?
Hotblooded Jacob in "Eclipse"
2010 Quileute Days
Vampires = imperialists in "Eclipse"
Wolf Pack hypes "Eclipse"
Quileutes visit LA for "Eclipse"
"Twilight" screwed Native actors?
Shift the Power launch party
TeenHollywood interviews Wolf Pack
Decent "Sons of Tucson"
The Fox TV series "Sons of Tucson" takes place in Arizona's Indian country. After a slow start, it has featured actor Michael Horse as a Native co-worker in three recent episodes. Horse has played a real person rather than a stereotypical Indian, which is to the show's credit.
Magical bracelets in "Sons of Tucson"
Domesticating wolves in "Sons of Tucson"
Michael Horse in "Sons of Tucson"
Like MTV's "The Dudesons" (ICI #193), however, other TV shows continue to mock and stereotype Indians:
Carolla: Pioneers "raped by Indians"
"Cherokee Heritage" in "Extreme Poodles"
Wamapoke wedding in "Parks and Recreation"
"Tardicaca Indians" in "South Park"
Blue Corn Comics