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Wisakedjak by RalphNiese Wisakedjak by RalphNiese
Whew. Last week was my final presentation of my graduation project and with a whiff of luck and the help of my girlfriend and a pal i was able to somehow finish 50% of antticipated 64 pages comic magazine. Which was insightful letting me know i can pull out 32 pages in 10 days! woop! woop! Just like the old pro's in the 40ies!

So this is the first installment in the magazine which still has no real fitting name and i'm not soooo sold on the outcome, but it is a direction. I really have to dig deeper in native american mythology and also art - a native american horde of critics and editors would be too rad to have herefor (if you know anybody...show this arround, rip it into pieces, say how shitty it is and such neccessarities).
This is going to be one of the projects i would dearly follow and let my life depend on, in getting more and more stories together and earn the native americans more respect, which may seem to you as a kind of trend perhaps, but mostly it's through an effort that is taken by the native americans themselfs...letting me feel kinda bad that i take their stories and draw them in a whimsy white man's comic.

Wisakedjak is the creation myth of the Cree in the upper east. He's got many other names by the other tribes in the same area but most likely you will know him by the name of "Koyote", avenging nearly almost in every story his poor brother "Wolf". Koyote is a trickster god so he can take the shape of nearly anyone/everything and is one of the popular characters. I could name my comic "Coyote" if there wouldn't be a 1983 comic series named "Coyote" published by EPIC and created by Steve Englehart [link] who is setting the coyote character in the era of now being a superhero dude and telling sideby some myths and stories of the real deal. Another fitting name would be "Trickster Stories Magazine" (TSM in short) cause "Tales of the Trickster" was just away in the moment i got the idea for this. [link]

I'm puzzling that out. Maybe i got more news about this in october and you maybe happen to buy a first copy at NYCC....
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DarioCOMICS Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Professional Filmographer
This is GOLDEN! Thank you!
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yowassup Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is awesome, man!
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FernandesDamasceno Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the comic!
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Aelh Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Writer
Love that ! :)

I'm a big fan of Wisakedjak stories. Thanks for sharing this and keep the legend alive
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Merci! Yeah, i see what i can do :D
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Sampdoria Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
I enjoyed this. Vivid and nice! Thanks!
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junesauto Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
I love this.nice
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DepartmentM Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is genius..........pure genius...........AND the most fkd up think I have read today. Well done.
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DragonSnap Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
The bit with the snakes threw me off - made me think of hentai. I decided this was a comedy piece in which you tried to throw as many tropes together as possible to create the longest, most entertaining story possible. Turns out I was wrong...well, it really was entertaining.

The snakes were first to disrupt my suspension of disbelief. That and the older brother becoming a slayer of monsters. Do bestiality and/or monsters have a place in Native American mythology? I haven't done any research, but those two things seem out of place to me.

Very fun to read, either way. :)
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Bestiality and monsters are taking always place when the world is new. Mostly it's huge ass forms of the animals we know now in normal size, or beasts are also described as upstanding on two feet animal beings, but there are also other magical creatures and witches, rock monsters and the like.
You maybe know also the Wendigo tales but these are more to take as fables and stories and are not taking place in the myths/origin stories of a tribe. Mostly all the stories are packed full of crazy happenings and are worth to read. John Bierhorst is an author to take as serious collector of these stories. But don't believe the liar Frans Boas. That's just a colionalistic asshole. And he writes in a super boring way so you sleep in and think that natives are no good storytellers.

Thanks!
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shelde5000 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
fucking. incredible.
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vladder Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
too beautifull :happycry:
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laresistance Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
You truly truly truly are a god of comics ! 32 freaking awesome pages in 10 days is madness ( 300 style ).
where can I buy this or any of your booklet, I seriously need to support so much awesomeness and also want to have it in my library :)
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a masterpiece, every aspect is impressive, from the drawings to the visual narration to the plotting. And knowing how fast it was made is mind-boggling. It made me wonder what it would look like if you did the same thing with a German myth.
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks kindely! Well for the german myths you got to dig deep for reasons i feel always by reading that most of them came from the 19th century. In "Jugendstil" times they were pretty famous for getting reillustrated and then there's stuff like Beowolf that are fantasy novels that read like myths. It's kind of the same with the native american myths so...propably gonna make a german myth extra issue since them/me being natives invaded by the guys from italy.
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like something that would benefit from a new approach such as yours.
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burnay Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
I want to buy this! It will look great in my shelf :) ... by the way i just uploaded a comic, drop me a line and tell me what you think if you got the time!
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
done and done! i love it!
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foodONE Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
bist ja mal nicht zu toppen alter kumpel!
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nuncio24 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
wow!!!
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k-rak-it Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
The wonderful choice of colors reminds me of old
comic books and MAD magazines. And I love seeing
how skilled you are in making the size of a panel
reflect the importance of the moment in the story
(like the full page-sized panel for the view of the
flood), or let us see how big a character is (like to
show us the crane character is HUGE and is capable
of carrying the two boys), or help convey what
a character is experiencing (like the long narrow
panel of the underwater shot of the otter trying to
swim down to pick up some dirt/earth).

Great touches of humor too :D (like the turtle's
expression when the turtle hears Wisakedjak say
he can put dirt on the turtle's shell to remake a
land for everyone to live on.
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MummysLittleMonster Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
If it makes you feel better I thought the bad grammar was intentional...it actually had me laughing out loud a few times. Not sure its the appropriate response though! Poor muskrat and his kidney.
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes, besides the mistakes it was kinda intentional. Everytime you hear old chiefs speaking in movies and documentaries it sounds kinda naiive but with the simple words they chose they talk also a very colorful/meaningful/metaphorical rich english.
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bruksur Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING!
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mutantfridgemonkey Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Flippin' amazing! Love these kinda stories. Very surreal and dreamlike. And 32 pages in 10 days? That blows my mind. I have a truckload of respect for you.
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Dian3 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
aweeeeeesome
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trance-de-anima Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome work~
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Ferigato Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
This is just great !!! Fav!!!
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TonyDennison Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
As always, I truly enjoy the straight-forward exhuberance of your work. I wish the English was a bit better, the language is somewhat poorly constructed, but it is just a comic and not Pulitzer Prize winning literature, so this can be forgiven. :giggle:

I am amazed at the amount of work you can produce: 32 pages in ten days is phenomenal! I hope you receive all the praise and success you deserve!
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
yeah, definitely gotta rework my english and/or let someone rewrite it. Wonder how your german is (ass :D)

And yep, it's all about having the time and concentration on a thing combined with a tight deadline. There were many artists throughout comic history that have done it so i wanted to see if i can do so, too.
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TonyDennison Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Mein Deutsche eich bin un dumkoff! Sheise! lol So, I won't even try to put it in a comic strip! :lmao:
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D you got a point, hehe. yes, i see all the mistakes but i'm too lazy to change it. though i thought to keep some in ways to sound like "native tongue".
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ZatMienster Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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digital-z3ro Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
this is great dude! was a lot of fun!
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aziritt Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Amazing shit like always bro!!!
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astrobrain Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
I think you might have something here! Nice work on finishing so much in so little time!

You are going to be at NYCC again this year? Awesome!!
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Stinkofan20X6 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
....What the fuck just happened
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BLERGHtrue Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
this is amazing work
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CarlPearce Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional
You're as nutty as a squirrel's sack my friend.
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nonay Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
wow what a cool story. I really liked it!!! It was refreshing and cute and just really great. The crane was funny :)
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KalifBanane Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional Photographer

herzlichen glückwunsch. ist doch ganz geil geworden.
ist es indianischer brauch jemand ins arschloch zu pusten um ihn wieder zu beleben?
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abnerdwight Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
"nice job"
"yeah sorry"
"what do we do now?"

This is an excellent exchange, and it's really funny. I honestly like the look and feel of this, fits the story.
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devcross Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Wonderful work! Excellent pacing.
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ceeX Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
oh mann.... soo geil :D
weiter so!!
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paulmaybury Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is fantastic. You should be very proud.
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
I cried tears and laughed lots going through the stories and history so i say: I enjoyed it. Gets very close to being proud. Still would love to get a crit from a real native. Or many natives - even better.
Thank you, Paul!
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Wescoast Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good job! I actually thought about drawing the Popol Vuh, the creation story of the Mayans. And the Hero Twins in it would transfer very well into a comic.
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
i definitely have to get me the other books by John Bierhorst. They summarize the myths quite in a good way so there's plenty room to draw them out. Some books just fail in being good while they preach down the stories like they got told. It's fun doing that and really enjoyable work. the stories got so much fun edges and a cool pace - i say, go for it!!! you the south, me the north ;) :D
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Wescoast Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Let's do it!!! :)
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Makinita Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
weird and awesome like i like it heheh
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