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Indigenous Comics & Graphic Novels

Native Comics on New Mexico in Focus

June 16, 2017 – Lee Francis started Native Realities Press to support the work of other Indigenous authors of comics and graphic novels. Francis is from Laguna Pueblo and says he was a comics nerd growing up but never saw himself, as a Native American, in comics. Native Realities Press is the only exclusively Indigenous press for Native comics artists, some of whom found him when other publishers were not interested in letting them showcase serious issues in Indian Country, like sexual abuse, in their comics.

This month, Francis also opened a comic store in downtown Albuquerque called Red Planet Books and Comics.

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we re-broadcast Megan Kamerick’s interview earlier this year with Lee Francis and Dale DeForest, creator of the Hero Twins comic, which is based on Diné folklore.

A discussion about Native comics with Lee Francis, our interview with Dolores Huerta, and the mental health of New Mexico’s youth (Behavioral Health Series)

Native Comics on New Mexico in Focus

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick leads a conversation about behavioral health services for teens across the state.

Earlier this year, correspondent Russell Contreras sat down with civil rights leader and New Mexico native Dolores Huerta, who co-founded what is now the United Farm Workers (UFW) along with Cesar Chávez.  This week we feature their full conversation, where Huerta talks about the current political climate in the United States, her history of organizing, and why she is hopeful for the future.

And NMiF re-broadcasts Megan Kamerick’s interview about the Indigenous comics scene with Lee Francis of Native Realities Press and Dale Deforest, creator of the Hero Twins comics. Francis opened Red Planet Books and Comics in Albuquerque earlier this month.

Host: Gene Grant

Correspondents:
Russell Contreras
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights leader
Michele Herling, executive director of the Compassionate Touch Network
Maika Padilla, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council in Albuquerque
Dr. George Davis, retired specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry
Dr. Andrew Hsi, director of the Institute for Resilience, Health and Justice at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Lee Francis, Native Realities Press
Dale DeForest, creator of the Hero Twins comic

Line Panelists: No Line

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