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Native American Comic Book: Project By Jon Proudstar

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Tribal Force is the first Native American Super heroes in comic book in the history of the United States! Originally published in 1996 Tribal Force was well received by fans within and outside of Native country! "It is extremely important for our youth...


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kat yazzie (400)
Friday March 4, 2011, 7:44 am

About this projectTribal Force is the first Native American Super heroes in comic book in the history of the United States! Originally published in 1996 Tribal Force was well received by fans within and outside of Native country! "It is extremely important for our youth to have super heroes that they can relate to and envision as themselves. " Says creator/writer Jon Proudstar

The goal is to create an ongoing series of comic books that feature Native American super heroes form various tribes. I want to include language and culture that is significant to each characters tribe. I am the writer and artist of the book. Locally I have created relationships with skilled colorists and Photoshop Techs. Upon completion of the digital files I will pursue publishing through KABLAAM. KAABLAm is an internet publishing entity which allows independent comic publishers to publish their books in low run printings. I basically need 15,000,00 per issue. I am currently seeking funds to produce a four issue mini-series which will cost a grand total of 60,000.00.

The funds raised will be used for hiring the Graphic Artists (Colorists, Inker, Letterer , Editors, and various other staff needed to accomplish the project in a professional manor.

Project location: Tucson, AZ

kat yazzie (400)
Friday March 4, 2011, 7:46 am

Native Tucsonan and Film Making Veteran of 25 years Jon Proudstar has acted in over 28 Motion pictures and television shows. Working alongside actors such as Tim Roth, Xavier Bardiem, Kurt Russel, Val Kilmer, Vigo Mortinson, and Lou Diamond Phillips to name a few.

Jon’s Acting Training began with Actor Val Kilmer (Batman, Tombstone, Top Gun) introducing him to Method Acting on the set of Gore Vidal’s Billy the Kid. Jon would continue his training in LA at Theatre Theatre. The following year he began intense film acting training with the renowned Acting Coach Joan Darling.

In 1998 Jon was one of ten Native Americans chosen for the Sundance Film Institute’s Writers Lab. In 2005 Jon was selected for prestigious Sundance Film Institutes Director’s Lab where he participated as an actor. During the Directors Lab Jon was mentored by Ed Harris, Phillip Seymore Hoffman and Stanley Tucci, as well as Robert Redford.

Returning from Sundance Jon would Write, Direct, Produce and star in his Award Winning short Dude Vision for an astonishing budget of $147.00. Also in 2005 Jon won the Robert DeNiro/Tribecca Film
Festivals Screen Writers Competition for his screenplay Up the River. (Co-written by Andre Cox)

Jon has appeared in four Independently produced films that have been selected for The Sundance Film Festival. In 1996 the cult hit Bodies Rest and Motion 2006 Goodnight Irene, 2008 Four Sheets to the Wind and 2009 Barking Water.


In 1996 Jon would create the comic book TRIBAL FORCE. It would be hailed as the First all Indian Super Hero Comic book in the history of the United States. In 2009 Tribal Force was inducted into the Smithsonian Institutes Natives In Pop Culture collection.


At the age of 12 Jon created Arizona’s First Peer Mediation group named after MARVEL COMICS book The X-Men. Six years later Jon would become the youngest Counselor in the employment of Charlie Family Care.

With a career spanning over 30 years working with Survivors of Child Molestation and Violent Youth Offenders Jon’s dedication and commitment to the Youth of Tucson, The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and The Tohono O’odaham Nation can only be described as a labor of love.

In 2008 Jon mentored Tohono O’odaham Youth to film the First Tohono O’odaham Zombie Short Film TOXIC TERROR. In 2009 two of Jon’s Youths were chosen to attend THE SUPERFLY FILM MAKING EVENT in Seattle Washington. Only fifty youths are chosen from around the United States. In 2010 two more Youths from TOXIC TERRROR would attend the event as well.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday March 4, 2011, 8:07 am

What a GREAT idea!

Thanks for letting us know, Kat!


Marti Williams (170)
Friday March 4, 2011, 8:26 am
Thanks's about time...

Friday March 4, 2011, 9:48 am
This is great, Kat!

Yanula P (50)
Friday March 4, 2011, 10:30 am
Great idea! Kat.I posted this on the face book!

Alice C (1797)
Friday March 4, 2011, 3:38 pm
Shared ~ Thanks Kat !

Talldeer C (47)
Friday March 4, 2011, 3:40 pm
What a Super Cool Idea I hope this goes UP UP AND AWAY!!!!! Blessings to you Kat...

Paula L (17)
Friday March 4, 2011, 4:31 pm
Noted, And Thanks Kat. I have also placed it on my Facebook, Lets do all we can folks to help Jon ProudStar accomplish this mission. So many of the Native American children need images to look up to. I always loved my comic books when growing up. Let's help give these children their own Super Heros to help them come up out of the oppressions that have been placed upon these Indigenous groups of children. The time is now.

Debbie Hogan (115)
Friday March 4, 2011, 7:15 pm
Interesting, fun way for Native American kids to have something to relate to and learn from, so long as the characters have strengths that are true to their culture. The fact that these comics have been created by an indigenous artist and not just someone who seeks only to mock and exploit Native Americans is even more encouraging. Great idea. I really don't have much to pitch in but for what it's worth, the guy's got my support. Good luck to him...and thanks, Kat.

MmAway M (522)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 6:38 am
Thank you Kat for this!

Jeannette A (137)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 9:59 am
Everyone needs role models.... and this is the kind that appeals across race, class and national lines. I always wanted to be Wonder Woman which also gave me the desire to see good conquer evil. It is amazing what moral ideas are passed on this way.

Alet Coetzee (59)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 11:11 am
Noted and thanks , Kat.

Krasimira B (175)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:19 pm
Excellent idea! Thank you Kat for the interesting read about Jon Proudstar (I know him from the movie "The lost child").

Vukan Simic (121)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 2:56 pm
Happy to read your post again Kat.

Richard Smith (81)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 6:09 pm
people may not like what i say here...but i'm not to thrilled by this. But having said that
If it helps kids to get interested in their own particular stories and myths I guess it could be a good thing.
I'm just not convinced its not going to kind of create more generic panNDNism which sucks out all the various tribal identities and life patterns and creates a one size fits all english speaking NDN persona.
pow-wow culture is notorious for this. as you'll see 1000s of people all of various tribes dressed out to look like plains indians,dancing plains style dances. Lakota friends i have think its kinda strange.Whats wrong with their own dances? why do they need to be a fancy dancer or a jingle dress dancer when its not their culture?

We are having good results by inviting our community native children to social dances that are particular to our own tribes. let them enjoy the dances and the songs. Traditionally we are NOT to make super heroes out of individuals. Kids love to participate and sit at the bench and shake shakers,help sing,or dance, and stomp.
They feel proud of their OWN traditions ...REAL traditions linked to the past, not from a comic book.
The best "hero" they can have is a quiet uncle who respects them and takes them on walks,teaches them about plants and animals and life itself by example.... and accepts them as they are.
Uncling is a lost art...but it needs to be revived....and when children look up to you and have that smiling gleam in their eye ,it makes us ALL feel good..and that is the better way.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 7:45 pm
Thank you Kat!!

Henry P (171)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 8:17 pm
Thanks Kat

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:21 pm
I think I may agree with Richard Zane S. about the uncle-ing being as important as this new world hero. But it takes all kinds of heros and role models to appeal to different kinds of children, so there's probably room for this hero as well. Good luck to those working on the project. I hope it goes well. Thanks Kat. I'll be spreading the word.

Jae A (316)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 11:43 pm
Good project. Thank ya Kat for finding and sharing.

Kim O (396)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 12:46 am
It's about time!!! Thanks for this really cool one, Kat!!

Sarah Z (10)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 9:11 am
Thank you

Cynthia Davis (340)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 11:55 am
Love It TY Kat

Kathy Javens (104)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 1:33 pm
Noted. Thank you, Kat for sharing. This is a wonderful and fun way for children to learn about their true heritage.

Süheyla C (234)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 2:50 pm
Thanks Kat

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday March 7, 2011, 12:42 am
Wonderful Kat, Jon ProudStar is bringing awareness of our first people of this great land!

Agnes H (144)
Monday March 7, 2011, 4:27 am
Noted and although I have to agree with Richard Zane Smith, I also agree that the Indigenous children need comic books, just like the White children have. As long as it's NOT in English but in the Tribal Languages. I'm a member of a Lakota Indian School and although it's run by a Priest they learn the Sioux Languages, the Sioux History and Tribal stories. These children are there because of problems on the Reservation. At the start of a new school year they have a Powwow, but in their own Tribal dress and Language. It's NOT open for spectators outside the Lakota Sioux people and certainly not to English speaking people. We donate to them, 2 of my friends and I together as that way we can donate extra like we did this Winter to help with the heating.
Whatever comic is being made it has to include the Indian's Culture, otherwise there is a good chance of that being lost and I would hate to see that happen!

Sini K (113)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 2:52 am
Noted, signed and Thank you.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 4:27 pm
Noted and thanx for post Kat

patricia lasek (317)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 11:14 am
What a great idea...a native american super-hero!

Shari G (27)
Monday April 25, 2011, 9:10 pm
Noted. Thanks Kat

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 10:37 pm
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