Navajo stories turned into comic books | KOB 4

Navajo stories turned into comic books

Colton Shone
October 26, 2018 05:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A Navajo artist is turning traditional creation stories into a comic book. 

The Heroes is a Navajo legend of two boys: Monster Slayer and Born For Water. Their mission is to slay the monsters that killed people.

"It's just one of those stories that I grew up with. It really got to me and I like it so much that I decided to turn it into a comic book version. As far as I know, that hasn't been done," said creator Keith Jim.

Jim grew up on the Navajo reservation.

With his passion for art and storytelling, he hopes to keep the traditional stories alive.

"You know let the younger generation, the upcoming generation, know the stories of our culture. That's one of my main goals," he said.

This is his first comic and he's making several issues out of it. The whole process took him about a year and a half. Jim wants to continue this kind of work and tell more stories for an even bigger audience.

"I'm trying to make it nationwide if possible, let other people besides Native Americans get a hold of it and take a read, to see what we're all about," he said.

Jim is having a launch party on Saturday, October 27th, in Farmington at Tales of Tomorrow Comics. It starts at 11 a.m. His comic will be available in the Albuquerque-area in November as part of the Indigenous Comic Con.


Colton Shone

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