Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection
Edited by Hope Nicholson
Curriculum Collection, Fiction, 2nd floor
Hope Nicholson has gathered 14 stories in this anthology which explores the vast of array of indigenous storytelling in North America. The first is an excerpt from Daredevil/Echo: Vision Quest. Echo, an indigenous and Latin superhero who is deaf, tells how as a child she learned to communicate through sign, music, art, dance, and gesture, “listening” to her father and a tribal elder’s storytelling. The rich artwork depicts these many layers of communication, overlapping indigenous sign language, the child’s school drawings, detailed portraits, pencil drawings, callouts, and objects such as lace and children’s toy blocks. Another selection, Ochek, a retelling of the Cree story of the Dog Star constellation, draws a stark contrast with it’s vivid, eye popping design. Although Moonshot is shelved in the Curriculum Collection along with children’s and young adult titles, this graphic anthology of traditional and new stories will draw in readers of all ages.
What began as a Kickstarter campaign received the Bronze Medal in the 20th Annual Independent Publisher’s Awards for “Best Graphic Novel” as well as “The Best Book of 2015” by the School Library Journal in the Young Adult category.