Press Release - Book Signing, Hastings,Norman, OK










FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Native American Author, Michael Sheyahshe, at Book Signing

Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study is a thorough examination and critique of Indigenous cultural representation in American popular culture. Author, Michael Sheyahshe, will be at the Hastings Book Store, 2300 W. MAIN, Norman, OK on Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm for book signing event.

Norman, OK -- Monday, August 24, 2009 – Local Native American author, Michael Sheyahshe (Caddo), will be on-hand at the Hastings Book Store in Yukon, OK for a special book-signing and promotional event for his book, Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study. The book, Sheyahshe's first published work, focuses on the representation of Indigenous people in American comics books. Show your support and bring your copy and have it signed by the author. Hastings will have copies available for anyone needing to purchase copies for signing.

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2009
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Hastings Book Store
Street: 2300 W. MAIN
City/Town: Norman, OK
Phone: 405.329.5529

Native Americans in Comic Books, published by McFarland Publishing, is a unique study and critique of the way in which we Indigenous people are represented in the popular medium of comic books. This work takes an in-depth look at the world of comic books through the eyes of a Native American reader (Sheyahshe) and offers frank commentary on the medium's cultural representation. For this book, Sheyahshe interviewed a host of individuals within the comic book industry: Tim Truman (creator/writer/artist for Scout: War Shaman), Alvin Schwartz (writer for Tomahawk from the 1940s), Terry LaBan (creator/writer/artist for Muktuk Wolfsbreath: Hardboiled Shaman), Steve Englehart (creator/writer/artist for Coyote), John Ostrander (writer for Blaze of Glory), Rachel Pollack (creator/writer for Vertigo's Tomahawk), Jon Proudstar (creator/writer for Tribal Force), Mike Grell (creator/writer/artist for Shaman's Tears), Jeff Mariotte (writer for Gen13 series), David Mack (creator/illustrator for the Daredevil character, Echo), Jay Odjick (artist/creator of Kagagi: The Raven), Bradford. W. Wright (author of "Comic Book Nation"), and Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, Ph.D., (author of "Celluloid Indians").

"As a groundbreaking work in the study of the depiction of Native Americans in the medium of comics, Native Americans in Comic Books is a welcome addition to the fields of Native American studies and popular culture studies." - Chris Teuton, World Literature Today.

Native Americans in Comic Books is available everywhere fine books are sold, such as Hastings and online locations, including: Target, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

For more information about Native Americans in Comic Books or the Hastings book signing event, please contact Michael Sheyahshe at email: info@nativecomicbooks.com or visit the book's website at www.nativecomicbooks.com. You can also follow author, Michael Sheyahshe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sheyahshe. Additional information about the book itself can be obtained from the publisher, McFarland, listed below.

About Author
Michael Sheyahshe and is a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Caddo Heritage Museum. In May 2003, he received two degrees, both cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma: one in Native American Studies (BA) and another in Film and Video Studies (BA). Michael is a Gates Millennium Scholar, a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and is a member of both the Alpha Lambda Delta and Gamma Beta Phi honor fraternities. Michael has presented academic papers at various universities, museums, and summits around the country. Michael has been published in Illusions magazine, "New Zealand moving image and performing arts criticism," Trauma Magazine a "European movie magazine entirely dedicated to the fantastic world of horror, science fiction and fantasy," Native Peoples Magazine and Games for Windows: The Official Magazine, both about Native American characters in video games. Michael has held internships with the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Student Life and with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History's in Washington, DC, and has previously been appointed as a Tax Commissioner for the Caddo Nation. Through his studio, alterNative Media (“aNm” http://www.alternativemedia.biz) - an all-inclusive traditional & digital art & media studio in the Oklahoma City metro area - Michael's recent artistic achievements include serving as Director of Animation for a feature film, work on a shipped video game title (Helix) for Nintendo Wii, and has artwork featured at various art shows around the country. Currently, Michael is finishing a Master's program (MFA) in 3D Modeling at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, for School of Animation & Visual Effects.

Contact Information:
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Box 611
Jefferson NC 28640
Tel: 336-246-4460
http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/
info@mcfarlandpub.com

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