June 14, 2007

Rabbit and Bear Paws at Comic-Con

The latest news from Chad Solomon, creator of the Rabbit and Bear Paws comic strip:Dear Rob,

We will be at small press table o-3 at SDCC [San Diego Comic-Con]. The graphic novel has story that has NOT been seen on the web in the book.

My name is Chad Solomon and I am the Grandson of a native Traditional Healer and Justice Activist, Art Solomon.

I am writing to you because I have created a graphic novel called Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws--The Sugar Bush with help of My Elders, co-writer Christopher Meyer. It is based on the Seven Grandfathers and the wisdom of the Anishinabek community. These Grandfathers are virtues we all live by such as love, respect, wisdom, courage, honesty, humility and truth.

Here is our mission statement:


This is the premise of the graphic novel:

Rabbit and Bear Paws is set in 18th Century colonized North America. We follow the story of two mischievous Ojibwa brothers as they play pranks and have amazing adventures using a traditional Ojibwa medicine that transforms them into animals for a short time.

To view sample pages of the graphic novel Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws--The Sugar Bush, please visit www.rabbitandbearpaws.com/gnovel.php.

A message is also included in the book from the Grand Council and Chief John Beaucage.


It is always a pleasure to salute the achievements of Anishinabek Nation citizens. This wonderful publication by Chad Solomon of Henvey Inlet--one of our nation's 42 member communities--is much more than a comic book.

The adventures of the mischievous Ojibwa brothers Rabbit and Bear Paws help youngsters of all cultures gain greater understanding of Mnaadendmowin--"Respect"--one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings of the Anishinabek.

In showcasing the customs and traditions of the Anishinabek, Chad's stories help our children be proud of their origins, while at the same time exposing other children to our rich history. That is why we are pleased to include the monthly Rabbit and Bear Paws comic strip in our official publication, The Anishinabek News.

In the months ahead, we look forward to helping Chad share his stories with thousands of readers who are interested in learning more about their First Nation neighbours. We know the Late Art Solomon--a respected Elder--would be very proud of the journey his grandson has begun.


John Beaucage
Grand Council Chief
Anishinabek Nation

Rabbit and Bear Paws is considered FINE ART by "The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Art" and our comic strip is carried on all the top aboriginal youth websites; www.ayn.ca, www.nativeyouthmagazine.com, www.saymag.com + printed Say Magazine, www.turtleislandnetwork.com and www.nativevillage.org. The Rabbit and Bear Paws comic strip is printed in Anishinabek News, Niijii Circle, First Nation Drum BC, First Nation Drum North West and with web and print exposure we have viewers of 2.4 million and growing.

As well our graphic novel has been licensed by Scholastic Canada, the worlds largest educational book club and currently we are expanding into the animation market.


Chad Solomon
Little Spirit Bear Productions
Comment:  I follow the adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws every month online. You can read my review of the strip here.

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