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Produced by AH Comics Inc. (Titan: An Alternate History, Delta, Hobson's Gate, Jewish Comix Anthology) and edited by Hope Nicholson (Brok Windsor, Lost Heroes, Nelvana of the Northern Lights), MOONSHOT brings together dozens of creators from across North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling. From tradi Produced by AH Comics Inc. (Titan: An Alternate History, Delta, Hobson's Gate, Jewish Comix Anthology) and edited by Hope Nicholson (Brok Windsor, Lost Heroes, Nelvana of the Northern Lights), MOONSHOT brings together dozens of creators from across North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling. From traditional stories to exciting new visions of the future, this collection presents some of the finest comic book and graphic novel work in North America. The traditional stories presented in the book are with the permission from the elders in their respective communities, making this a truly genuine, never-before-seen publication. MOONSHOT is an incredible collection that is sure to amaze, intrigue and entertain! Here are some of the talented writers and artists who have contributed to MOONSHOT: Claude St-Aubin (R.E.B.E.L.S., Green Lantern, Captain Canuck), Jeffery Veregge (G.I. Joe, Judge Dredd), Stephen Gladue (MOONSHOT cover artist), Haiwei Hou (Two Brothers), Nicholas Burns (Arctic Comics, Curse of Chucky, Super Shamou), Jon Proudstar (Tribal Force), George Freeman (Captain Canuck, Aquaman, Batman), Elizabeth LaPensee (Survivance, The Nature of Snakes, Fala), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Fire & Fleet & Candlelight, Coincidence & Likely Stories), Richard Van Camp (Path of the Warrior, Kiss Me Deadly), David Robertson (The Evolution of Alice, Stone), David Cutler (The Northern Guard), Menton J. Matthews III (Monocyte, Memory Collectors, Three Feathers), Jay Odjick (Kagagi: The Raven), Ian Ross (Heart of a Distant Tribe, Bereav'd of Light, An Illustrated History of the Anishinabe), Lovern Kindzierski (X-Men, Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Spiderman), Arigon Starr (Super Indian, Indigenous Narratives Collective), Michael Sheyahshe (Dark Owl, Native Americans in Comic Books), Fred Pashe (SpiritWolf) and more!


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Produced by AH Comics Inc. (Titan: An Alternate History, Delta, Hobson's Gate, Jewish Comix Anthology) and edited by Hope Nicholson (Brok Windsor, Lost Heroes, Nelvana of the Northern Lights), MOONSHOT brings together dozens of creators from across North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling. From tradi Produced by AH Comics Inc. (Titan: An Alternate History, Delta, Hobson's Gate, Jewish Comix Anthology) and edited by Hope Nicholson (Brok Windsor, Lost Heroes, Nelvana of the Northern Lights), MOONSHOT brings together dozens of creators from across North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling. From traditional stories to exciting new visions of the future, this collection presents some of the finest comic book and graphic novel work in North America. The traditional stories presented in the book are with the permission from the elders in their respective communities, making this a truly genuine, never-before-seen publication. MOONSHOT is an incredible collection that is sure to amaze, intrigue and entertain! Here are some of the talented writers and artists who have contributed to MOONSHOT: Claude St-Aubin (R.E.B.E.L.S., Green Lantern, Captain Canuck), Jeffery Veregge (G.I. Joe, Judge Dredd), Stephen Gladue (MOONSHOT cover artist), Haiwei Hou (Two Brothers), Nicholas Burns (Arctic Comics, Curse of Chucky, Super Shamou), Jon Proudstar (Tribal Force), George Freeman (Captain Canuck, Aquaman, Batman), Elizabeth LaPensee (Survivance, The Nature of Snakes, Fala), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Fire & Fleet & Candlelight, Coincidence & Likely Stories), Richard Van Camp (Path of the Warrior, Kiss Me Deadly), David Robertson (The Evolution of Alice, Stone), David Cutler (The Northern Guard), Menton J. Matthews III (Monocyte, Memory Collectors, Three Feathers), Jay Odjick (Kagagi: The Raven), Ian Ross (Heart of a Distant Tribe, Bereav'd of Light, An Illustrated History of the Anishinabe), Lovern Kindzierski (X-Men, Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Spiderman), Arigon Starr (Super Indian, Indigenous Narratives Collective), Michael Sheyahshe (Dark Owl, Native Americans in Comic Books), Fred Pashe (SpiritWolf) and more!

30 review for Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    This was a really well done anthology. While some of the stories are little more than vignettes, many are powerful and all are certainly heartfelt offerings. There's a wide range of topics and themes included, just as there are a wide range of peoples and cultures being represented. I particularly liked the story of how Coyote "helped" put the stars in the sky. I've heard a different versions many years ago, which is possibly my favorite story of Coyote; this one is quite different, but has some This was a really well done anthology. While some of the stories are little more than vignettes, many are powerful and all are certainly heartfelt offerings. There's a wide range of topics and themes included, just as there are a wide range of peoples and cultures being represented. I particularly liked the story of how Coyote "helped" put the stars in the sky. I've heard a different versions many years ago, which is possibly my favorite story of Coyote; this one is quite different, but has some tonal similarities nonetheless, basically variations on a theme. There's also gorgeous artwork through out, representing a wide variety of tales and style. A truly amazing collaborative achievement.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dusty

    Moonshot, a compilation of comics by and about members of indigenous communities in the United States and Canada, draws its name from a Buffy Sainte-Marie song about dying and becoming a star. It is an appropriate name not only because the collected stories pay respect to the creators' forebears, but also because many of them feature characters traveling between earth and space. In one, several animals throw pebbles into the forest sky, constructing the constellations and bringing light to the d Moonshot, a compilation of comics by and about members of indigenous communities in the United States and Canada, draws its name from a Buffy Sainte-Marie song about dying and becoming a star. It is an appropriate name not only because the collected stories pay respect to the creators' forebears, but also because many of them feature characters traveling between earth and space. In one, several animals throw pebbles into the forest sky, constructing the constellations and bringing light to the dark night. In another, an old woman returns to the abandoned planet of her birth (Earth) to console a grandson who has transformed into an enormous snake and is trapped there. Like any anthology, this one includes a few selections that seem, to me, to stand above the rest in beauty and poignancy. "Ue-Pucase: Water Master," the story about the old woman and the grandson who changes into a snake, turns a Muscogee Creek tradition into science fiction and is certainly memorable. "Copper Heart," which depicts a boy setting out to find the home of legendary creatures that may be able to cure his sister's ailment, is eerily drawn and tugs on the heartstrings. As the examples I have shared probably make clear, this is a book unlike any I have ever read. As a reader unfamiliar with the authors, artists, and storytelling traditions represented here, I was disappointed to see so many of the stories ending so quickly after they began, leaving me just a taste of the larger narratives and cultures from which they are borrowed. Anyway, whether or not you love every story collected here, you will have to agree that the book is lovingly curated and deliciously illustrated. I look forward to checking out some of these writers' full-length works and reading Moonshot, Volume 2, which is apparently headed our way in 2017.

  3. 4 out of 5

    CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    I didn't absolutely love every story but this is a really high quality anthology, with beautiful, thoughtful choices of stories and artwork, some of which were breath taking. Favourite stories were: "Vision Quest Echo" (about a deaf Cherokee girl), "Ochek" (Cree story explaining where a constellation comes from), "Coyote and the Pebbles" (Caddo story about where the stars come from), "The Qallupiluk: Forgiven" (about a scary Inuit mythical creature from the sea), "Copper Heart" (historical tale I didn't absolutely love every story but this is a really high quality anthology, with beautiful, thoughtful choices of stories and artwork, some of which were breath taking. Favourite stories were: "Vision Quest Echo" (about a deaf Cherokee girl), "Ochek" (Cree story explaining where a constellation comes from), "Coyote and the Pebbles" (Caddo story about where the stars come from), "The Qallupiluk: Forgiven" (about a scary Inuit mythical creature from the sea), "Copper Heart" (historical tale of 2 siblings set in Anishinaabeg territory). Highly recommended for teens and adults!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emmkay

    Beautiful collection of 13 short indigenous comics, a genre that really provides an opportunity to showcase the indigenous storytelling tradition. It feels and looks stunning. Because they're so brief, the individual contributions act essentially as tasters, and some were more to my taste than others. Neat to be exposed to what is clearly a vibrant scene, with which I wasn't previously familiar (eg indigenous steampunk is a thing!).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tobin Elliott

    I'm a relative newcomer to Canada, able to trace back only four generations before I run into a relative that immigrated to Canada instead of being born here. I have no native blood in me whatsoever. And, if I'm honest, I know exceedingly little about Canada's indigenous population, who walked this land for generations before we showed up and fucked everything up. Still, for all of that, I found myself captivated both by the stories and legends presented in this collection, as well as the stunnin I'm a relative newcomer to Canada, able to trace back only four generations before I run into a relative that immigrated to Canada instead of being born here. I have no native blood in me whatsoever. And, if I'm honest, I know exceedingly little about Canada's indigenous population, who walked this land for generations before we showed up and fucked everything up. Still, for all of that, I found myself captivated both by the stories and legends presented in this collection, as well as the stunning artwork. I'll still claim to be mostly ignorant of native customs and lifestyles, but this collection, beautiful in both design and production, goes a little way to educating me. And a total shout-out to Myth Hawker Travelling Bookstore, who introduced me to this graphic novel and ensured I didn't just set it back down again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julianne (Outlandish Lit)

    When I first heard about this project, I was both very excited and kind of nervous. I had never before read short fiction in comic form. I didn't really have any idea that it was possible to tell an entire story within ten pages of panels. But this collection showed me how much can be pulled off. And it taught me an amazing wealth of things about the indigenous cultures of North America. The stories range from visiting the origins of folklore, to seeing these stories' modern impact, to brilliantl When I first heard about this project, I was both very excited and kind of nervous. I had never before read short fiction in comic form. I didn't really have any idea that it was possible to tell an entire story within ten pages of panels. But this collection showed me how much can be pulled off. And it taught me an amazing wealth of things about the indigenous cultures of North America. The stories range from visiting the origins of folklore, to seeing these stories' modern impact, to brilliantly imagined futuristic sci-fi stories blended with folklore. It continued to surprise me throughout, and the artwork is absolutely stunning. Between every few stories there's a 1-2 page spread featuring an unrelated work of art that often took my breath away. Obviously it's hard to judge an anthology of stories written by different people. There are some that really stood out, and there were some that were just ok. A number could've used more pages to really develop. There were probably more anthropomorfic animal characters than I normally would've liked to read about, but that's sort of to be expected if some of the stories explore tales related to local wildlife. And there's one story that I just didn't understand at all. All of that being said, the good stories and the incredible artwork were both fascinating enough to make up for them. A few of my favorites: Vision Quest: Echo - In a beautiful collage of a limited number of images, a young deaf girl explains the importance of storytelling to her family and culture. She learns how storytelling is possible through images. I probably cried the first time I read this one. The Qallupiluk: Forgiven - This one isn't technically a comic. It's a short story with an accompanying illustration every other page. It is SO CREEPY. The Qallupiluk is a creature from Inuit legend that comes from the deep Arctic ocean. It's kind of shapeless, with spines and fins, that can morph into other forms. In this story a young Inuit girl makes the mistake of approaching the creature in the water. Ue-Pucase: Water Master - A futuristic story about two space travelers visiting another planet, this is based on Muscogee Creek story"The Young Man Who Turned Into a Snake." I loved the blend of space travel, modern dialogue, and what turns out to be startlingly real folklore. Ayanisach - This one may be my very favorite, but it's hard to decide. An old woman teaches her grandson how to tell the story of their people. It starts with what sounds like folklore, then reaches into modern day and explains how an apocalypse of sorts went down. Extraterrestrials were involved and their people had to fight back. The protagonist goes on to tell the story to his young friends in the city, because the retelling of stories is what will teach others in the future. There's been a long, long history of Indigenous peoples having their culture appropriated in mainstream media. Especially when it comes to comics, indigenous characters are often turned flat and one-dimensional; caricatures that are either foolish or barbaric. Their stories/traditions are blown out of proportion to comic levels and/or completely misunderstood. There is rarely any amount of respect involved when appropriating these stories and ideas. With this collection of comics, indigenous peoples are taking space that they deserve to create and tell their own stories. And they are damn good. Full review: Outlandish Lit

  7. 5 out of 5

    Meepelous

    While it is always true that there will be some stories in any short story collection that you appreciate more then others, the sheer level of professionalism that went into this anthology rendered each story interesting in its own way. A lot of effort from many different people went into this book and it really shows. It was very interesting to be reading Michael A Sheyahshe's Native Americans In Comic Books at the same time. The one being an amazing example of what the other is pointing toward While it is always true that there will be some stories in any short story collection that you appreciate more then others, the sheer level of professionalism that went into this anthology rendered each story interesting in its own way. A lot of effort from many different people went into this book and it really shows. It was very interesting to be reading Michael A Sheyahshe's Native Americans In Comic Books at the same time. The one being an amazing example of what the other is pointing towards. Not only representing native people through characters and plot, but creating stories spawned out of their own cultural experience. This is a prime example of why we need more diversity in creators. Well intentioned people can only go so far - we need to let minorities tell stories about themselves in the way they want to tell them. The results are simply amazing. We get everything from traditional stories to a snippet from The Daredevil Vision Quest Series. My favorite were probably the science fiction stories, although I appreciated their own unique twist on steam punk. I suspect there is something in here for just about anyone. In a time when everything feels like a reboot, I can only hope their success on kickstarter leads to more things like this being made.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    4.5 Stars This is a truly incredible collection of comics and stories. I really appreciate the variety of pieces in this anthology. There are takes on traditional superhero comics, creation myths, stories about the making of the world (and the unmaking of the world), stories told only in images, comics told only in words, poetry, and pieces that echo traditional storytelling methods. This collection succeeds in showing that no two Native experiences are the same, no two ideologies are the same, n 4.5 Stars This is a truly incredible collection of comics and stories. I really appreciate the variety of pieces in this anthology. There are takes on traditional superhero comics, creation myths, stories about the making of the world (and the unmaking of the world), stories told only in images, comics told only in words, poetry, and pieces that echo traditional storytelling methods. This collection succeeds in showing that no two Native experiences are the same, no two ideologies are the same, no two nations are the same, and most importantly that Indigenous futurism occupies an incredible space. As the afterward says, Indigenous storytelling is about the past, the now, and the ahead and how all of these things feed into each other. This collection made me feel that and appreciate that. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to discover awesome Indigenous writers and artists.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Moonshot first caught my attention with its beautiful cover, and kept my attention with its concept, that of highlighting indigenous voices to tell stories from unique and underrepresented backgrounds. It absolutely lived up to both it's cover and concept. The comic book industry has often failed to do enough to serve stories from POC authors and characters. This book acknowledges that oversight, and strives to do something about it. Taking stories by and about North American natives, it presents Moonshot first caught my attention with its beautiful cover, and kept my attention with its concept, that of highlighting indigenous voices to tell stories from unique and underrepresented backgrounds. It absolutely lived up to both it's cover and concept. The comic book industry has often failed to do enough to serve stories from POC authors and characters. This book acknowledges that oversight, and strives to do something about it. Taking stories by and about North American natives, it presents narratives of past, present, and future. The stories are all completely unique to native culture, and the art highlights the stories to their fullest extent. The opening story, Vision Quest: Echo, makes use of Indian Sign Language, which I was not actually aware existed (although I absolutely should have been). It was so refreshing to start off with a story of a girl who was both deaf and native. My favourite artworks were Vision Quest: Echo, Ochek, Coyote and the Pebbles, Tlicho Naowo, and Copper Heart. My favourite stories were from Vision Quest: Echo, Ochek, Coyote and the Pebbles, Ue-Pucase: Water Master. That said, there wasn't a bad story or piece of art in the bunch. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys comics, or to anyone who is looking to read more stories of indigenous origin. Although I borrowed this book from the library, I hope to purchase my own copy when I can afford to, intend to read/purchase volume two of this collection, and filled out the "request a purchase" form for the local library to get a copy of volume two as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Great collection. Many of the inclusions are short, only giving you a tantalizing glimpse, but that accomplishes the goal. My main recommendation is to pace yourself, taking on one story at a time and then doing something else while you digest it. There are so many different approaches and styles and themes. There is some really gorgeous artwork, but I want to call special attention to David Mack's work as we are introduced to Maya Lopez and her hearing impairment. There are childlike drawings, Great collection. Many of the inclusions are short, only giving you a tantalizing glimpse, but that accomplishes the goal. My main recommendation is to pace yourself, taking on one story at a time and then doing something else while you digest it. There are so many different approaches and styles and themes. There is some really gorgeous artwork, but I want to call special attention to David Mack's work as we are introduced to Maya Lopez and her hearing impairment. There are childlike drawings, sketches, text, ASL hands, hands showing a sign language used by natives from different tribes and other symbols, changes in color and perspective and format of shapes -- all working together in a compelling way to introduce you to this character and how her adjustments to her hearing loss have created her powers. When I first read about Echo I thought she could be an interesting counterpart to Daredevil, and I admire Mack's innovations in her story the way I appreciated Paolo Rivera's work on his Daredevil run. There is a lot of beautiful artwork, a lot of interesting stories, and a lot of room for future thought. This is a really good contribution to Indigenous literature and to comics.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aphrodite

    Very interesting and beautiful images.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Magdelanye

    Lush illustrations accompany the stories in this book of graphic short stories. All were of interest, a couple were really amazing,hence 5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I really enjoyed this first volume! I found some of these stories to be exceptionally beautiful! I look forward to reading Volume 2!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Chan

    this collection was incredible! such solid storytelling and i can't freakin wait to dive into volume 2!!!! 'Ochek' and 'Coyote and the Pebbles' were my favorite!

  15. 4 out of 5

    The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) I had another impulsive moment at work recently, where I went to our New Books Wall and took a look at what there was to offer. Since these books don’t go to the usual request list, sometimes you can get really lucky and find something that’s in demand or brand new. I was immediately taken in by the gorgeous cover on a new graphic novel collection. I mean, DAMN, look at the cover for “Moonshot (Vol.1)”! Is it not staggering and beautiful!? I gave (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) I had another impulsive moment at work recently, where I went to our New Books Wall and took a look at what there was to offer. Since these books don’t go to the usual request list, sometimes you can get really lucky and find something that’s in demand or brand new. I was immediately taken in by the gorgeous cover on a new graphic novel collection. I mean, DAMN, look at the cover for “Moonshot (Vol.1)”! Is it not staggering and beautiful!? I gave it some time on the wall, because I had a big stack at home and wanted to give the patrons a chance to snatch it up. But after waiting awhile I just had to have it. And I am so glad that I was entranced by the cover, because “Moonshot” as a whole was an entrancing collection! The first thing to know about “Moonshot” is that it is a collection of one shot stories that are written by people from Indigenous Nations across North America, as are the artists. The second thing to know is that it is a collection filled with stunning variety because of all of these differing perspectives. I wasn’t sure of what to expect from this collection, but whatever my expectations may have been they were blown out of the water by what I found. While there are a number of stories in this book, a few of them really stood out to me, so I will focus my attention on them. That isn’t to say that the others aren’t as good, however. These are the ones that left the biggest impression because of story or artwork. “The Qallupiluk: Forgiven” by Sean and Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, and menton3 (Ill.). This story is from the Arctic regions, and concerns themes of death and forgiveness. This was also the one story in the collection that had minimal artwork, as it was mostly text with a few large pieces that stood out for the most important parts of the story. I liked a couple of things about this story. The first was that it was creepy as all get out, as the Qallupiluk is a creature that hides beneath the ice and takes unsuspecting victims under the water and kill them. This story is about a Qallupiluk that takes on the form of one of it’s victims in hopes of stealing away a child, until a dog calls it out. I liked the personal journey that the Qallupiluk took, as odd as that sounds, and has to confront the concept of forgiveness. The art, as I said, was scattered, but the images that were there were absolutely breathtaking and visceral. As someone who loves creepy imagery, this one was a true treat. “Siku” by Tony Romito, and Jeremy D. Mohler (Ill.) Another story from the Arctic region, and another one that involves malevolent forces and scary imagery. This one is about a hunter who witnesses a conflict between two otherworldly beings, one of which is a demon. Boy do I love the demon stories. This book definitely was more set up like a comic, with panels, bubbles, the works. It felt like an old school horror comic, and like something that I would pick up at the comic book shop when looking for something twisted. And the end, WAHH, so unsettling. The art didn’t stand out as much in this one, but that didn’t matter because the story really kept me interested. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t go into much detail, but it kind of cut to the quick in that it definitely touched on one of my bigger freak out factors in horror. “Coyote and the Pebbles” by Dayton Edmonds, and Micah Farritor (Ill.) I’ve grown up hearing many iterations of the Coyote myth, as Coyote is a very prominent character in many Indigenous narratives and mythologies. This one sounded familiar, but Edwards really made it his own. I’ve always liked Coyote, be he a troublemaker or sympathetic, and in this story I really liked how he was portrayed as somewhere in the middle (but being me, I still felt for him). It concerns the nocturnal animals of the world hoping to see more at night when the sun is down, and thinking that they should draw portraits of themselves to light the way. And Coyote thinks that he is the best artist of them all. This story is a straight up ‘how this came to be’ myth, but I really liked it. This was also my favorite art style in the collection, with animals shifting between animal form and human form, but even in human form still evoking their animal identity. Farritor has a real skill for pulling animal characteristics from his drawings, be they animals or not. This story was lovely and melancholy, and I really, really enjoyed it. “Moonshot (Vol.1)” is a collection that was so fun, and breathtaking in a lot of ways, and I seriously cannot wait for Volume 2 to come out (YES, there is going to be a Volume 2, isn’t that great?!). I think that it’s also a very important work, especially since Indigenous representation is one of the lowest in Children’s and YA Literature. I cannot recommend this book enough to comics enthusiasts, and I think that everyone should consider picking it up. If the cover alone doesn’t get you, the stories inside certainly will.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josée

    Moonshot contains different tales that cover quite a few genres. Interspersed between the stories, is one novella accompanied by images, a poem, some stand-alone artwork, and descriptions of each story beforehand. As a whole I enjoyed it, and I found none of the extras took away from the stories. But, like any anthology there were some stories I loved, and others that I didn't. Usually the ones I didn't like, I felt like the story was too short... they felt rushed as if there was exposition miss Moonshot contains different tales that cover quite a few genres. Interspersed between the stories, is one novella accompanied by images, a poem, some stand-alone artwork, and descriptions of each story beforehand. As a whole I enjoyed it, and I found none of the extras took away from the stories. But, like any anthology there were some stories I loved, and others that I didn't. Usually the ones I didn't like, I felt like the story was too short... they felt rushed as if there was exposition missing, or no real depth. Luckily, reading their descriptions helped make things more interesting, but I wish I hadn't needed to rely on that. I would, however, recommend this collection solely based on the first 4-5 of them, and the diversity of offerings. I'd honestly give 5 stars to The Qallupiluk: Forgiven and Coyote and the Pebbles, and 4 stars to Vision Quest: Echo, and Siku. Overall, take the time to read it through for the art. The illustrations were what drew me in and kept me reading. There's a range of talents, so there is definitely something out there to enjoy, so please do.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    Moonshot is a collection of speculative comics about Indigenous people, mostly by Indigenous people. As with all collections, there are some fantastic pieces and some weaker pieces; however, two things stand out to me the most. The first is the use of speculative fiction and Indigenous themes. It's wonderful to see stories of Indigenous people in the future since they are so often wrongfully thought of as peoples stuck in the past. Secondly, the art in this volume is gorgeous. There are some tru Moonshot is a collection of speculative comics about Indigenous people, mostly by Indigenous people. As with all collections, there are some fantastic pieces and some weaker pieces; however, two things stand out to me the most. The first is the use of speculative fiction and Indigenous themes. It's wonderful to see stories of Indigenous people in the future since they are so often wrongfully thought of as peoples stuck in the past. Secondly, the art in this volume is gorgeous. There are some truly talented Indigenous artists out there, and this is a book you should want just for how pretty it is. Glad I supported the Kickstarter for this and excited for volume 2!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Kroon

    An anthology of indigenous comics and poetry, Moonshot shares ancient Native American stories in more modern formats. The tales chosen are representative of the wide spectrum of indigenous cultures, and include creative reimaginings of these older stories, including sci-fi and steampunk adaptations, among others. This anthology is an eye-opening glimpse into the timelessness of storytelling in indigenous populations, and a testament to how traditions can be passed down through countless generati An anthology of indigenous comics and poetry, Moonshot shares ancient Native American stories in more modern formats. The tales chosen are representative of the wide spectrum of indigenous cultures, and include creative reimaginings of these older stories, including sci-fi and steampunk adaptations, among others. This anthology is an eye-opening glimpse into the timelessness of storytelling in indigenous populations, and a testament to how traditions can be passed down through countless generations to preserve the past. A phenomenal, inspiring read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

    * I'm excited by the importance of a project like this. Pairing authors and illustrators from across the continent to tell stories from their history and identity is a huge challenge. * The art in most vignettes is good, with some excellent character design and styles stealing the show. * The tales go well beyond the myth and magic normally presented as "Native Stories" Minor complaints with editing and lettering in places, some stories jump oddly. All in all, highly recommended reading.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jarrah

    Awesome collection of comics and art by Indigenous creators and accompanied by introductions that help further illuminate their meanings. Readers are treated to sci-fi retellings of traditional legends, "Indigenous steampunk" art, and creative explorations of concepts like animism. Moonshot goes a long way to addressing the problematic depictions of Indigenous people in comics history. Looking forward to future volumes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Most of these short comics felt like they were just beginning to scratch the surface and could have been fleshed out, but I am so happy this project was undertaken and look forward to reading more of these authors/artists in depth.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    This is such an amazing idea to bring together these stories, experiences, and concepts in a graphic format. Lovely.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I actually did. It's a great concept- a collection of comics all by Indigenous authors and illustrators. It just didn't really come together.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This was a great anthology from a group that is typically underserved in the world of comics (at least in my experience) and I really enjoyed reading these stories. Some of them weren't to my taste but I still enjoyed the experience as a whole. My three favorite stories were: Coyote and the Pebbles Written: Dayton Endmonds, Ill. Micah Farritor The dreamy colored pencil art is absolutely gorgeous and I loved the personification of all the animals! Copper Heart Written: Elizabeth LaPensee, Ph.D., Ill. This was a great anthology from a group that is typically underserved in the world of comics (at least in my experience) and I really enjoyed reading these stories. Some of them weren't to my taste but I still enjoyed the experience as a whole. My three favorite stories were: Coyote and the Pebbles Written: Dayton Endmonds, Ill. Micah Farritor The dreamy colored pencil art is absolutely gorgeous and I loved the personification of all the animals! Copper Heart Written: Elizabeth LaPensee, Ph.D., Ill. Claude St. Aubin Beautiful art and I really enjoyed the story – it was very short but it didn’t feel stunted or like anything was missing – short, sweet, and perfectly enjoyable. Tlciho Naowo Written: Richard Van Camp, Ill. Nicholas Burns This story blends modern and traditional celebrations – kids are excited to go trick-or-treating and their grandmother(?) tells them about the Night the Spirits Return, a traditional holiday honorint their ancestors and the caribou that feed them. I love how this depicts Indigenous people as a living, modern people – the kids are watching TV and out celebrating Halloween, but their traditional culture and celebrations are still important. As someone who is all about honoring their ancestors and recognizing the sacrifices they made to get you where you are, I totally loved this one. Plus the flashback/dream sequence art is soo lovely.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Zezee

    I totally bought this comic book for the cover. I learned about it from a review on Rich in Color back in 2016. The cover immediately sold me on the book, but the review intrigued me when I learned that it features stories by indigenous storytellers across North America. It is an anthology, so some stories appealed to me while others didn’t; however, I appreciate that this anthology presents stories about indigenous people by indigenous creators and that I got to learn a bit about their cultures I totally bought this comic book for the cover. I learned about it from a review on Rich in Color back in 2016. The cover immediately sold me on the book, but the review intrigued me when I learned that it features stories by indigenous storytellers across North America. It is an anthology, so some stories appealed to me while others didn’t; however, I appreciate that this anthology presents stories about indigenous people by indigenous creators and that I got to learn a bit about their cultures from the stories. Some background is given either about the creator or the story at the beginning of each story, which I greatly appreciated because we sometimes learn what inspired the story or where it originated from and why. So in addition to reading this comic book to be entertained, I learned something new as well. Much as I appreciate what this collection sought to do, the stories didn’t captivate me as much as the art did in some parts. I couldn’t tell if it was the storytelling styles or something else, but I wasn’t engaged in most of them. The one that really stood out to me was the first in the collection — “Vision Quest – Echo” by David Mack (illus.). It’s actually an excerpt from the Daredevil Vision Quest series, which is told using Indian sign language. I liked this one both for the story told and the illustrations. Mack drew on his memories of times spent with his uncle, a Cherokee storyteller, to create the protagonist, Maya “Echo” Lopez, who is mute. Through Echo’s internal monologue, we learn about her father and her visit to an Indian reservation where she met a Chief. “But I say that I must learn my own language to tell my stories. More than signs. More than sounds. More than words.” There’s a tenderness to this story that I appreciated as Echo shows us how she interacts and communicates with others and realizes that she, like the Chief, is a storyteller. I like that this excerpt ends with her wanting to find her own way to tell her stories — wanting to find her own way to make her voice heard and understood. The composition of this story made me think of a collage, which I think is fitting. Illustrations of faces and hands are overlaid with words, which I think calls to how observant Echo is and the various ways we communicate with each other — verbally and nonverbally. The dominance of earth tones helps decrease the busyness of the images, and the placement of the panels makes for an easy flow when reading this story (although it seemed intimidating at first). I really liked the overall presentation. “Coyote and the Pebble” by Dayton Edmonds, illus. by Micah Farritor, is another one I enjoyed simply because it’s about how stars got in the sky (basically the coyote messed things up for everyone). However, I did not favor the illustrations. “The Qallupiluk: Forgiven” by Sean and Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, illus. by menton3, is a story from the Arctic coastal region. It’s about a creature that’s popular among the Inuit but is rarely seen and is considered to be a shape shifter. The story spooked me, but I liked it. And I think a major reason why is the art, which emphasizes the atmosphere and spookiness of the story. The art is done all in inky black with smudges of white here and there to shape a face, represent snow, tipped with yellow to show the steely stare of a wolf, or provide a sharp contrast to show us the eerie grin of the creature from the ice. This story made an impression because it’s about how the creature is forgiven its horrible acts, so it stuck with me for a while after completing the book. Another one I liked was “Tlicho Náowo” by Richard Van Camp, illus. by Nicholas Burns, which is about the “Night the Spirits Return,” which coincides with Halloween night on October 31. “It is a ritual that expresses love and respect to family members who have passed on, as well as to implore the spirits of the Caribou people for a safe and plentiful hunt for the community.” I love the story because it’s about passing on and honoring tradition. The illustrations for the majority of it are okay, but I loved the illustrations used when talking about the Caribou people. I like the flatness to the colors there, which made me think of pastels. I also liked “Ayanisach,” which means “He who tells stories of the past” in Cree. It’s by Todd Houseman and illustrated Ben Shannon. “Ayanisach” is about the importance of and the reverence given to oral storytelling to pass on history, lessons, and traditions. The story is futuristic and, to me, seems to comment on colonization. I like how the story ends. It seems to remind us of the strength of tradition and oral storytelling, which prevails despite the chaotic state the civilization is thrown in when invaders bring war and disease to it. The illustrations here are probably my favorite of the collection. I like the bright colors and line work used. It immediately appealed to me. The cover art: I have to talk about it because I love it so much. It’s actually a painting called “Northern Crow” by Métis artist Stephen Gladue that’s “inspired by the Plains Cree traditional dancers observed in Northern Alberta many years ago.” Apparently, there are various crow motifs in this painting as well as other culturally significant artifacts, and its appearance is due to it representing the dancer in motion. I’m impressed by it. Before reading the description in the book, I thought it was just a mask with fractured light radiating from it…something like that. Either way, I love it and am impressed and think it’s a great cover for this comic book anthology. Very eye-catching. Overall: ★★★☆☆ It’s one I would recommend. Sure, the stories were hit or miss with me, but there’s much to learn and enjoy from reading this anthology. As posted on Zezee with Books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sian Jones

    The introduction of this collection acknowledges you might have bought the collection for the amazing cover art, and they are not wrong in my case. But what the cover promises, the collection delivers -- astonishingly beautiful art, as well as inventive, intricate, meaningful storytelling. I enjoyed all the comics included here, but I have favorites, of course: * "Vision Quest: Echo" -- don't mind me; just off to go buy ALL of the Echo comics. * "Ochek" - Gorgeous, just gorgeous. * "The Quallupilu The introduction of this collection acknowledges you might have bought the collection for the amazing cover art, and they are not wrong in my case. But what the cover promises, the collection delivers -- astonishingly beautiful art, as well as inventive, intricate, meaningful storytelling. I enjoyed all the comics included here, but I have favorites, of course: * "Vision Quest: Echo" -- don't mind me; just off to go buy ALL of the Echo comics. * "Ochek" - Gorgeous, just gorgeous. * "The Quallupiluk: Forgiven" -- A suspenseful horror story that also somehow simultaneously made the continents of my mind and heart shift. It made me breathe shallow and read fast, and while the adrenaline had my amygdala distracted, it quietly wrote immutable truths in my soul. Plus, creepy-good art! * "Siku" -- So much danger, so much mystery, so much mysterious danger. Technically, it ends on a cliffhanger, which only makes me want to see what happens next. Someone give the author a contract for a graphic novel, please.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Morgan Sandquist

    Even if you refuse to read a single word on any page, this book will wow you. The art is original, varied and rich in texture and detail, with some classic comic book visuals thrown in for the fun of it. This anthology features adaptations of lesser known folklore from an astounding range of Indigenous tribes (Alaska through Canada, to the SW US). Some stories are taken into a hypothetical future to unfold and it's a joy to see the cultures ring true in a sci-fi setting. The first story is espec Even if you refuse to read a single word on any page, this book will wow you. The art is original, varied and rich in texture and detail, with some classic comic book visuals thrown in for the fun of it. This anthology features adaptations of lesser known folklore from an astounding range of Indigenous tribes (Alaska through Canada, to the SW US). Some stories are taken into a hypothetical future to unfold and it's a joy to see the cultures ring true in a sci-fi setting. The first story is especially unique and I've never seen anything quite like it in the graphic genre before. Not every story is an absolute standout but they are all interesting and in my opinion, the longer stories are the most engrossing. I would absolute recommend this to (anyone!) fans of graphic novels, folklore and fairy tales, culture studies or just unique story-telling.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Brewer

    I thought this was a really beautiful, careful, respectful anthology of short comics. They ranged from classic tales to sci-fi, and although they weren't necessarily all up my alley I really enjoyed reading this entire collection, cover to cover, including the foreword, introduction, and afterword. This is exactly the kind of thoughtfulness that I hope all publishers can start to embody as literature starts to open up and really start representing *all* stories! It is not the responsibility of op I thought this was a really beautiful, careful, respectful anthology of short comics. They ranged from classic tales to sci-fi, and although they weren't necessarily all up my alley I really enjoyed reading this entire collection, cover to cover, including the foreword, introduction, and afterword. This is exactly the kind of thoughtfulness that I hope all publishers can start to embody as literature starts to open up and really start representing *all* stories! It is not the responsibility of oppressed people to educate their oppressors, so I am always appreciative when members of a historially oppressed group put time, energy, and creativity into sharing their stories so that more privileged folks can take the opportunity to learn. Thank you to everyone involved in this project for their energy and creativity!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mara Shaw

    Many good conversations with Indigenous Canadians and writings point to the need to remind us all that Indigenous culture is far from a historical relic — it is alive and modern despite all of the attempts to kill it. Moonshot leaves no doubt. Indigenous culture in Canada is vibrant, talented and creative. Wonderful stories and illustrations, a few traditional, many non-traditional. What a pleasure. One story completely lost me and I remembered that I am not a visual artist, nor the deepest think Many good conversations with Indigenous Canadians and writings point to the need to remind us all that Indigenous culture is far from a historical relic — it is alive and modern despite all of the attempts to kill it. Moonshot leaves no doubt. Indigenous culture in Canada is vibrant, talented and creative. Wonderful stories and illustrations, a few traditional, many non-traditional. What a pleasure. One story completely lost me and I remembered that I am not a visual artist, nor the deepest thinker, so I let it go, but the rest were accessible and ranged from challenging to lovely. A beautiful comic book anthology.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brenda D

    It is difficult to rate this collection of 14 different graphic short stories - a few are quite amazing - some are just confusing. Perhaps the stories were simply too short and this limited the ability to tell a cogent story. One has to acknowledge that the graphics are often spectacular! In terms of narrative, I was particularly impacted by "The Quallupiluk: Forgiven" although this is really more like a short story with a few illustrations, not a "comic". Overall, my rating of this collection w It is difficult to rate this collection of 14 different graphic short stories - a few are quite amazing - some are just confusing. Perhaps the stories were simply too short and this limited the ability to tell a cogent story. One has to acknowledge that the graphics are often spectacular! In terms of narrative, I was particularly impacted by "The Quallupiluk: Forgiven" although this is really more like a short story with a few illustrations, not a "comic". Overall, my rating of this collection would be between 3 & 4 - the Introduction and Afterward and uniqueness of this collection convinced me to choose "4".

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