We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Lee Francis IV (Native Realities Press), Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama (Ohio State University), and Dr. Elizabeth LaPensée (Michigan State University) to #CapCity2018.


Indigenous and Latinx self-determination in comics is on the rise. In a panel session during the Convention, these three artists and authors will share their journeys in independent and academic publishing and offer insights into pathways for self-expression in sequential art. They will also be available throughout the day at their booth, sponsored by Native Realities, for discussion about their work in these areas.




Dr. Lee Francis IV (Pueblo of Laguna) is the Head Indigenerd and CEO of Native Realities, the only Indigenous pop culture company in the United States with the hope to change the perceptions of Indigenous people through dynamic and imaginative pop culture representations. He has been published in multiple publications ranging from poetry to short stories. His first comic book, Sixkiller, released recently. He lives in Albuquerque with his family.


Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar, and University Distinguished Teacher at The Ohio State University. He is the author, co-author, and editor of over 30 books. He is editor and coeditor of 8 academic press book series. He is founder and director of the Ohio Education Summit Award and White House Hispanic Bright Spot winning LASER/Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research. He is founder of the Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute. He has been honored with the 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty Award and recently inducted into the Academy of Teaching and the Society of Cartoon Arts. His edited collection Tales from La Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology (2018) brings together over 80 Latinx creators in a single volume to share their original stories of survival and triumph.


Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher of Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. She is Anishinaabe from Baawaating, Métis, and Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University. She has contributed to comics as an illustrator, writer, and editor in works including MOONSHOT: The Indigenous Comics Collection and Deer Woman: An Anthology. Most recently, she designed and created art for Thunderbird Strike, a lightning-searing side-scroller game which won Best Digital Media at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2017.

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