Though graphic novels could have been included in our page on literature, we have placed them in a separate page given the popularity of the English Department's graphic novel course and because a lesson on Indigenous graphic novels could also be relevant to New Media and Arts courses.
As with film, Indigenous comics and graphic novels have two aims:
The cover of Jay Odjick's comic and television series Kagagi. Odjick has had a great deal of success and is from nearby Kitigan Zibi.
Cover of Red Wolf #1, published December 2, 2015. Marvel Comics
The graphic novel form is one that is particularly popular amongst First Peoples writers and artists as it provides an opportunity to visually work through cultural trauma while also connecting with younger generations who often enjoy this form more than traditional novels or even orature. Though Gord Downie's recent work with Jeff Lemaire received a lot of press, there are many Indigenous produced graphic novels that are worth a look. Below we offer a list of graphic novels, some print and some digital (to which we've provided hyperlinks), as well as a few articles and interviews on First Peoples graphic novels.