The first ever Indigenous Comic Con is set to happen this November in Albuquerque.
For one weekend, the event will showcase artists, writers, designers, actors and anyone else who's contributed to pop culture and is of Indigenous heritage.
Take Two's A Martinez spoke with Lee Francis IV, Ph.D. He's publisher of Native Realities Press, which is co-hosting Indigenous Comic Con.
Francis says that the event isn't meant to draw up barriers, but to shine a spotlight on a group that pop culture frequently neglects.
"You have native game designers doing work; native comic book artists that are doing work... This gives a place to come together to interact both to validate our work to each other but also to show the larger world. That we're a part of this pop culture movement. That there are 'Indiginerds' in the world"
Beyond that, there will be everything that everyone's come to expect from a pop culture convention: cosplay, booths, creative panels and more. Francis hopes that in addition to all the expected fun, guests will learn something about a culture in the middle of it all.
"I'm hoping this becomes this central point for all of these worlds to come together for Indigenous people and for people who want to come share with us," he says. "This is open to everybody. We want you to come in and learn and see what Indigenous people are doing that's really at the forefront in many ways of pop culture."
The first ever Indigenous Comic Con kicks off November 18 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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