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Yesterday, Veteran's Day in the U.S., I spent a lot of time thinking about ghosts from the past. This is a photo of my father, a British forward-observer pilot who flew over the D-Day landing and told British ships where their shells were landing, giving them data to correct their trajectory. He was shot down. He'd been assigned to train pilots in Ontario, Canada, where he met my mother. Then he was called back. He saw me briefly when I was an infant. I have no remembrance off him. He and my wife's father died fighting bigotry and fascism, which is defined as a system of government in which business and government are indistinguishable, usually leading to authoritarianism.
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Hmmm. must try this.
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What to know in Indigenous Language part 1
Language is a fluid thing, it is magical to hear the words our people flowing through the air. Ojibwe is a musical language with a lot of complex verbs and words. The first thing that you have to know in the language is that how to introduce yourself.  Hell...

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Mother's Legacy: Identity
Today's post concerns an issue that affects all Natives and that is enrollment and blood quantum and the question of identity.  Please refer to the following charts as I explain something my mother was trying to remember.  She'd told me that blood quantum d...
Mother's Legacy: Identity
Mother's Legacy: Identity
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In a slow (some would say dreadful) couple of weeks for films, don't forget that WIND RIVER, one of the most emotional and vivid action movies in recent memory, is still in theaters. It stars Jeremy Renner as a game tracker and Elizabeth Olsen as an FBI agent investigating the brutal murder of a young Native American woman on a Wyoming reservation. For reasons that elude me, the distributor released it in only a few theaters when the buzz for the film was hot (what a metaphor) and then slowly increased the number of theaters until now it's in wide release a month later when the buzz has been forgotten. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, who also did HELL OR HIGH WATER and wrote SICARIO. A few plot points can be debated, but these characters feel like real people grappling with real emotions, and the winter scenery is awesome. Plus, there's a terrific gunfight. One of my favorite movies of the year, along with WONDER WOMAN, BABY DRIVER, and DUNKIRK.
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New Plans for Writing
New Plans for Writing
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Busy Fixing Things
Busy Fixing Things
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I was giving a talk somewhere and mentioned that I'd written comic books for Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. Quite a trifecta. The audience was sufficiently interested that I thought I'd mention it here.

CAPTAIN-AMERICA: THE CHOSEN is a six-part series that was collected in book form with an afterword and my script for the first issue. Mitch Breitweiser did the illustrations. Brian Reber was the colorist. The theme is "what does it feel like to be a superhero named after the United States?"

SPIDER-MAN: FROST is a two-part comic book with 30 pages per issue--much larger than current comic books. Legendary Klaus Janson did the illustrations. Steve Buccellatto was the colorist. It's available in the collection THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: PETER PARKER THE ONE AND ONLY. This volume also has an afterword in which I talk about writing the series, providing script pages and how Klaus adapted them in his illustrations. The theme is, "what does it truly mean to say that with great power comes great responsibility."

SAVAGE WOLVERINE 023 was illustrated by Jonathan Marks and colored by Jose Villarrubia. It's included in SAVAGE WOLVERINE: THE BEST THERE IS. Set in the mountains of British Columbia, the theme is, "if Wolverine had to choose, which side of his personality would he prefer: animal or human?"

I mention the colorists along with the artists because in many cases the artist delivers black-and-white illustrations. Colorists add their own special skills. In the script for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE CHOSEN, I gave suggestions to Brian Reber about withholding the primary colors from the early pages until Captain America finally made his appearance and his costume could be emphasized.
A comic-book author chooses the number of images per page and then describes what happens in each page, adding dialogue if necessary. Because this is a visual medium, the task is to try to use as little dialogue as possible,
If you're going to the Western Writers of America convention in Kansas City in June, please come to my talk about how to write comic books.
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