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From Shaman to Equinox: The Challenges and Failures of Indigenous Representation in Superhero Comics

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DC's recent announcement of a new post-Convergence lineup of titles offered promising signs of diversification at the publisher, with Gene Luen Yang, securing a high profile assignment on Superman with John Romita, Jr., and fellow Asian-American creators Sonny Liew, Ming Doyle, and Annie Wu picking up new titles, plus several LGBT creators on titles, including Steve Orlando on Midnighter and James Tynion IV on Constantine; and black author David F. Walker taking over Cyborg. It was great to see so many non-cis-straight-white-male demographic groups represented, both in characters and creative teams.

These announcements go some way towards correcting ongoing imbalances in the mainstream comic industry, but as ComicsAlliance editor Andrew Wheeler noted in his coverage; "this is the superhero comic version of diversity, where ‘any’ feels like a victory; any non-white creators, any women, any queer representation. Any is not enough.” Thinking about that statement, a question occurred to me;

“Are there any indigenous characters or creators?”

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Sabrina Scott Draws Shamans, Lucky Charms And Other Bits Of Magic [Art]

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Sabrina Scott draws her inspiration from American mysticism, Western astrology and modern Wicca, creating pieces that highlight the magical qualities of the natural world. But she adds to her clean and intricate lines deliberate imperfections: stormy and bleeding watercolors that emphasize the power and unpredictability of nature

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