Shining Ascension Update: Issue 2, Page 12

What’s lurking in the shadows? Dinosaurs? Bears?! Monsters?!?!

EVEN WORSE!

CHILDREN.

New page at http://shiningascension.com/comic/issue-2-page-12/

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In Teen Titans: Earth One, Raven is Navajo … but not really

Last night, the Watson to my Holmes, T Hueston, sent me photos of Navajo Raven from Vol. 1 of Teen Titans: Earth One. The next words out of T’s Skype mouth were:

“Yeah, I mean, I’m not saying that the idea is bad, but they probably should have done more research.”

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Raven is the startled-looking teen in the background.

 

Well, this made me curious. Let’s be honest, it’s beyond difficult to find Native American protagonists in comics, film, fiction, and TV. We desperately need more representation (for crying out loud, can somebody recommend wendigo anything with Native American protagonists – I’m still looking). But representation alone isn’t enough. For example, when I see an Apache character who is a mismatch of stereotypes, it’s rather awkward and alienating. I asked T, who is Navajo, to elaborate their opinion about Raven. Here’s what T had to say:

“I like the idea of having a Native American superhero who is not defined by their ethnic group, and I am proud to have a Navajo representation in the DC Universe; however, I see [Raven’s character] as a wasted opportunity to explore unique aspects of Navajo culture, as Raven is not presented as a Navajo but rather a generic Native American.

For instance, she is not wearing Navajo jewelry, but rather jewelry from other tribes. Navajos are not like other tribes and do not have specific mythology that focuses on animals, but rather on the Gods or Yei, and specific spirits or figures.

She studies under her shaman grandfather but Navajos do not have shamans, they have medicine men and women, who both have specific jobs they perform (medicine men do more song and stories, and medicine women do more plant-based healing and are knowledgeable about plants).

Beyond that, she does not look like a Navajo. Specifically, [Navajo people] are known for their squash blossom necklaces, hanging turquoise earrings and velvet dresses, and unromanticized round faces and bun hairstyles.

If DC wanted to depict a Navajo, they should have spent some time doing research to make the cultural identity feel authentic, especially to persons with Navajo heritage. Instead [Raven] feels like an attempt to pass off a Native American stereotype under a tribal name that doesn’t belong.”

 

I sincerely hope that DC and other creative platforms include more Native American protagonists in their products. However, it’s important to move beyond stereotypes. We are people with unique, varied histories and complex lives.

Thank you for reading. And thank you, T, for your fantastic contribution to this post!

The Shining Ascension webcomic is coming: Little Badger learns website design!

Hi there! This September, I’ve been toiling over the Shining Ascension website. What do you think of its appearance so far? This is my first attempt at web design since a basic html class in elementary school. I’ve been winging it solo, but if complications arise (and let’s be honest – they probably will, once we begin posting pages), I’m not afraid to bother T Hueston’s talented friends and other internets-savvy people. Heheh.

The first comic page will be posted on October 4th, followed by weekly Sunday updates. Just think: Shining Ascension Sundays! It’s catchy 😀 By the way, in case anyone is curious, I’m using wordpress.org + the ComicPress theme for the webpage.

The fruits of my labor!

Shining Ascension Update – Comic Launches in October!

Hi everybody! I have an exciting update about the Shining Ascension comic book project. Nick Robles, our artist extraordinaire, has finished line art for SA Issue #2. He’s working on colors now. Nick provided me with a sneak peek at Issue 2, page #1 (below, without dialogue). Bregga and Faatin are lookin’ snazzy! But why is Faatin floating and glowing like a firefly?! You’ll need to read the comic to find out. >.>

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A typical conversation between Bregga and Faatin.


This October, we’ll begin posting the first two issues online. The SA official website is currently under construction – expect a bunch of cool links, faqs, and secrets once it goes live. Hope to see you there!

A relaxing moment with Bregga, Faatin, and friends (and a wicked necromancer). Issue 2 draft is finished!

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Behold! A big battle from the Shining Ascension comic book series, to celebrate the completion of the second issue’s draft script. After some edits, the inking/coloring process will begin. I wish I had a time machine to see the final comic book immediately.

In the meantime, here’s a pivotal battle scene, lovingly created by the Spectacular Nick Robles! Don’t worry – that isn’t a real dragon. We’d never hurt a real dragon in this comic. Never!!!

Faatin, Bregga, and Vars appear in this battle, as well as some unknown friends. Can you find them all?

Little Badger’s Shining Ascension Comic Project: THE LOWDOWN POST

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Faatin (left) and Bregga (right), two characters from the Shining Ascension comic book project. Art by http://justjingles.deviantart.com/

As I begin to write Shining Ascension Issue #2 (Hueston and I plan to release #1 and #2 together), it occurs to me that I haven’t made an official “project explanation” post. Today, I will address the following tantalizing questions:

1) What is Shining Ascension? (THE ORIGIN STORY)

2) What is the future of Shining Ascension? When will it be available? How many issues will be released?

3) Who is T. Hueston?

4) Who am I?!?

Okay, here we go, here we go, here we go!

1) THE ORIGIN STORY

About 4.5 years ago, I invented a text-based role-playing game. For those who are unfamiliar with text-based role-playing, I essentially used the power of writing and imagination to build a high fantasy playground for my friend T. Hueston. We went on fabulous adventures together. Make-believe: it’s not just for kids anymore!

One fateful day, Hueston met an artist named The Incredible Nick Robles. They became friends, and Hueston commissioned a scene from our game, below (some parts of the scene have been cut, to prevent spoilers hehe). Wow! That’s a lot of awesome! The full work is even better … if you’re curious, visit Nick’s website and poke around: http://www.nickroblesart.com/ As you can see, Nick has a knack for action, character design, and coloring. He’s truly incredible 🙂

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Battle at sea! Art by Nick Robles.

Before long, inspired by Nick’s work, Hueston suggested, “Let’s make a comic book based on our game.” As a pessimist, I was reluctant. I did not know how well the game would translate to a comic book medium. Honestly, I’m still nervous about the project. It’s new territory, and I have an anxious streak. But Hueston convinced me that everything would be ok. Plus, Hueston pointed out that the world needs more diverse, kickass comic book characters. Our cast includes many POC and/or LGBTQA heroes, the kind of characters Hueston and I wish were more abundant in mainstream comic books. By the way, the protagonist Faatin comes from a matrilocal society that is partially inspired by precolonial Apache culture. Hey-o! Represent!

So Hueston, Nick, and I began the Shining Ascension project – the rest is history.

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Faatin, Bregga, and Faatin’s pretty buddy: a page from the comic, by Nick Robles.

2) FUTURE OF THE COMIC

The Shining Ascension Issue 2 script is almost finished. Once Nick inks and colors that comic this year, we’ll release issues 1 and 2 together, freely available online. Hueston and I have planned a 6-issue arc. If we scrape together funding to pay Nick, we’ll release Issues 3-6 within a year. If we have no funding, the project will take longer. Either way, we’re completing this baby, believe you me.

3) WHO IS T. HUESTON

In Hueston’s words: “I am a veterinarian and artist with an interest in European warfare, arms and armor.” Check out Hueston’s art here: http://jarahamee.deviantart.com/

4) WHO AM I?!?!

Check out my little biography!

~Fin~