Artist Dan Piraro, creator of the award-winning, syndicated comic strip Bizarro, and writer John Ostrander (Batman, Star Wars, Wolverine, The Kents, Apache Skies) will be the featured artists at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art's "Western and Native Portrayals in Comics" Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The day features an in-depth look at how comics throughout history have handled portrayals of Western and Native American people and cultures. There will be comic give-aways, sales, demonstrations, meet and greet with artists, writers and experts all day. A panel discussion, "Native Americans in Comics," at 1 p.m. will feature Michael Sheyahshe, Steve Sanderson, Ostrander and Piraro, with a book signing with Sheyahshe in the museum store following. A second panel discussion, "Western and Native Reflections in Comics," at 3 p.m. will feature Ostrander, Piraro, Sheyahshe and Sanderson with a book signing by Piraro following.
The first 100 guests will receive a signed, limited-edition poster by Steve Sanderson.
Piraro will serve as an Eiteljorg Museum artist-in-residence though Jan. 25. He will interact with museum guests and school groups and headline "The Bizarro West" Jan. 25 at 3 p.m., when he will share his thoughts on Western and Native-themed Bizarro cartoons. The presentation will be followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing at 4:30 p.m. There is a $10 fee for "The Bizarro West."
The Eitejorg is located in White River State Park. For more information, call 317-636-WEST or go to www.eiteljorg.org.