A summary of useful information about PEACE PARTY, the multicultural comic book featuring Native Americans:
Frequently asked questions
Reactions to PEACE PARTY
Noteworthy aspects of PEACE PARTY
Origin of PEACE PARTY
Short answer: I've long been interested in comic books, "ancient" cultures (Egyptian, Greek, Maya, etc.), and America's sociocultural conflicts (the so-called culture wars). I thought a comic on our own indigenous people would provide a thought-provoking contrast to the usual mindless action fare.
Longer answer: Why Write About Native Americans?
Brief history of PEACE PARTY
I've been researching and developing the comic book since 1990 or so. We published our first two issues late in 1999. The reception from the Native community, and fans in general, was great.
Alas, the comic-book industry was in a slump and we didn't have the resources to market our book properly, so we had to suspend publication. Since then we've building word-of-mouth while working on more stories. If we can find a publisher or the funds to self-publish, we plan to do a PEACE PARTY graphic novel. The industry is recovering and people have begun hearing about us, so we hope it'll be a hit.
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Past press releases
What's Black and White and Red All Over? (2/28/07)—Eiteljorg Museum to Present "Native American Portrayals in Comics"
SCALPED: Another Comic Book Gets Indians Wrong (1/23/07)—Series Perpetuates "Savage" Stereotypes, Says Critic
Resources Offered for American Indian Heritage Month (10/16/06)—Blue Corn Comics Provides Quiz, Articles, Contest
PEACE PARTY Showcased on The War at Home (9/20/06)—Native-Themed Comic Book Is First to Appear on National TV
Largest Website Devoted to One Comic (12/5/03)
TIME Wins First Annual Stereotype of the Year Award (1/19/03)—Magazine "Honored" for False, Biased, Offensive Reporting
9/11 Story Featuring Native Americans Debuts Online (9/1/02)—Comic Book Tale Shows Diversity of Thought on Attacks
"Native Heroes" Art Contest Announced (3/14/02)—Kids Take Up Pen and Brush to Draw People They Admire
Media Violence Expert Touts BlueCornComics.com (7/26/01)—Grossman Calls It "The Reference Source" for Info-Seekers
BlueCornComics.com Debuts with 400+ Pages (12/4/00)—Publisher Claims Site Is Largest Devoted to One Comic
Pro Artist Rob Davis Joins PEACE PARTY Team (9/8/00)—Star Trek Veteran to Depict Native Superheroes
Blue Corn Comics Launches Contests for Youth (8/23/00)—"Create a Native Superhero" Joins Fun-Filled Lineup
Publisher to Speak on Indians and Comics (7/3/00)—Schmidt Will Reveal Biases, Stereotypes
Blue Corn Comics, Carlos Reynosa Close Deal (6/13/00)—Allies Will Promote Comic Books, CDs Together
PEACE PARTY Showcased by Indian Country Today (6/4/00)—Largest Native Newspaper Notes Comic's Qualities
PEACE PARTY Wins Puffin Grant (5/11/00)—Foundation Awards $500 to Multicultural Comic
The People's Paths (11/23/99)—American Indian Comic Book!!!
World Famous Comics (7/9/99)—Peace Party to Debut in July
Suite101.com (6/11/99)—Native American Comic Book Debuts
Publisher available to help
For comments on war and peace, racism and stereotyping, violence and media violence, and other issues facing America, contact publisher Rob Schmidt by e-mail or phone at (310) 641-8931. He's happy to provide colorful commentary on almost any subject. Some examples:
America is John Wayne country. We shoot first and ask questions later. There's no better way to understand our culture than to study its cowboys and Indians.
I suggest we carpet-bomb terrorist strongholds with Barbie dolls, cartoon videos and music CDs—the very cultural products our enemies are fighting tooth and nail against. After listening to the Barney song and "It's a Small World (After All)" a few dozen times, the terrorists will give up and beg us for mercy.
Rob Schmidt is also available to do TV or radio interviews, speak or lead workshops, or consult on Native and multicultural issues. Please contact him for more information.
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