In-Focus: Ojibwe Cartoonist Combines Comics and Culture
Michael Lyons has been drawing since he can remember.
Growing up, he fell in love with comics after watching a Mr. Roger’s episode.
He started his own comic strip in college and was later published in several newspapers.
But for Lyons, comics aren’t just about humor.
He uses his comics to grieve, to inspire, to speak out and to share his culture.
Lyons has written and illustrated several Ojibwe children’s books to teach kids the language.
Lyon’s got the idea to incorporate his culture into his comics in 2005 when he was working at the Leech Lake Tribal College.
He became friends with a co-worker whose first language was Ojibwe. After learning a few words, he created his first Ojibwe comic.
As a follow up to his children’s book, Lyon’s published a coloring book.
The ojibwe cartoonist has also written several illustrated stories, like “Amix Blood,” a fantasy portraying Indian boarding schools.
And Lyons’ latest project: The Journal of Victor Frankenstein.
Ojibwe is not the subject of every comic, but Lyons says most of it is inspired by his culture.
An illustration of how any form of art can be meaningful, even the Sunday funnies.
Lyon’s comics are available on Amazon.com and Kindle.