February 20, 2017

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Cover Art for sic-fi graphic novel, Red Eden | Image Source: nativenewsonline.net

What if Native Americans were to use their casino wealth to settle Mars and terraform it into a pristine paradise, a “Red Eden” far from the woes of a ruined Earth?

“Native Americans have transformed the land before,” said sci-fi fan and first-time graphic novelist Greg Simay. “We now know that they had turned the Great Plains into a giant game preserve. And if any group of people can successfully join high-tech with high spirituality to create a promising new world, it would be the Native Americans.”

Simay’s vision of Mars fired up co-writers Michael A. White and R.J. Johnson. With classically-trained oil painter and comic-book artist Kyle La Fever, the writing trio brought a Native American Mars to life in a 122-page full-color graphic novel that has just been released.

Jolene Nenibah Yazzie at Work | Image Source: nativenewsonline.net

Jolene Nenibah Yazzie created the cover art for RED EDEN. She grew up on the Navajo reservation in Lupton, Arizona, and has gone on to see her work exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

“Ms. Yazzie is renowned for her stylish and dramatic portraiture of indigenous women as warriors,” said Simay. “This perfectly suits Red Eden’s courageous heroine Takenya, who comes of age and leads her people’s fight against the desperate crime bosses from Earth who try to take over Mars.”

As Simay pointed out, “This isn’t the first time outsiders have traveled a long distance to dispossess Native Americans from the lands they cherish. But when Takenya rallies her people, and a long-dead Martian race literally resurfaces on the planet, Red Eden’s invaders from Earth get a lot more than they bargained for.”

Read an excerpt from the graphic novel at www.marsrededen.com. Red Eden: A Vision of Mars is exclusively available for download at amazon.com.

This article was republished with permission from Native News Online.

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Erica Commanda

Born in Toronto to an Algonquin mother and Ojibwe father, Erica Commanda grew up on the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan reservation located in Golden Lake, Ontario. From there she moved across Canada living in Ottawa, Vancouver and recently returning to Toronto. Erica spent the last 8 years in the hospitality industry mastering the art of listening to stories while slinging and spilling drinks with a couple of stints volunteering in provincial election campaigns. Serving drinks no longer satisfies her quest for stories and change so she ventured out to discover and master her own knack for storytelling and writing. Erica is now enrolled into Journalism at George Brown College in Toronto and continues to perfect her new craft as Staff Writer trainee at MUSKRAT Magazine and The Xtra Mile.

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