The 2011 Eisner Award nominees have been announced, and a few nominees have Oklahoma connections.
“Trickster: Native American Tales,” edited by Matt Dembicki for Fulcrum Books, features the work of multiple Oklahomans and is nominated in the best anthology category.
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are intended to honor the best in the comic book industry. They have been awarded since 1990.
The “Trickster” anthology adapts 21 American Indian folkloric tales.
More than 40 people contributed to the anthology as a writer or artist. Joyce Bear, Roy Boney Jr., Greg Rodgers, Michael Thompson and Tim Tingle are contributors to the “Trickster” anthology with roots in Oklahoma.
Author and Choctaw storyteller Rodgers, of Warr Acres, contributed the tale “Giddy Up, Wolfie” with artist Mike Short.
“It's a story that I've been telling for several years, one of many,” he said. “It was traditional Choctaw, it had different kind of animals. It was a story that I told that was a trickster tale, and a story that I knew real well. ... Out of all the stories, I thought it would be the best one (to) translate to that kind of format.”
It's the first comic-book story by Rodgers, who is a writer, storyteller, workshop presenter and oral historian who began his career under the mentorship of Choctaw storyteller and author Tingle.