Lewis and Clark become a comic book
Why not do something with Lewis and Clark?
The suggestion from Washburn sculptor Tom Neary has blossomed into the aforementioned work, an epic-length comic book by writer-designer Orville Evjen, of Turtle Lake. "Jefferson's Lewis & Clark Expedition: Heroes Unlimited" was printed in August, three years after Evjen started the project. It's for sale now out at the University of Mary, during the Circle of Cultures bicentennial event.
Evjen is half Sioux and half Norwegian. His parents died in a car accident when he was 18. He said he has battled bouts of depression in his life, and can relate in part to the depression felt by Meriwether Lewis.
Evjen and Schell took some artistic liberty in the comic book, creating dialogue and images where there were gaps in the journals. But the book is derived almost entirely from quotes and facts relayed by the Corps of Discovery in their writings.
The comic book was printed in Bismarck by United Printing/Spit'N Image. It is the main title in the cousins' recently created BraveCrow Comics. More information is available online at www.lewisandclarkcomics.com.
The "Heroes Unlimited" subtitle seems gratuitous. It sounds like something you'd use if the world's superheroes united to fight a cosmic menace such as Galactus.
Not many Indian count Lewis and Clark among their heroes. They represented the first wave of the irresistible tide that was manifest destiny.
For more on the subject, see Comic Books Featuring Indians.