Rabbit and Bear Paws is set in 18th Century North America and follows 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.
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“Little Spirit Bear Productions” is a First Nations (Anishinabek, Ojibwa) Multi-Media company that was created in 2005 by Chad Solomon, grandson of a Native Traditional Healer and Justice Activist Art Solomon, to share the humorous adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws.
This fresh and funny comic strip for the young and young at heart is created and drawn with the guidance of his Community Elders in collaboration with writer Christopher Meyer. The first series of comic strips are based upon the teachings of the Seven Grandfathers (wisdom from the Anishinabek community) and are rapidly gaining enthusiastic fans for their vibrant and entertaining images of Native Traditions and Oral History.
Entertaining using Traditional Aboriginal values and humour is Chad’s goal in creating the characters of Rabbit and Bear Paws. Chad found commercial success in 2003 with the release of two children’s fairytales, “Pied Piper” and the “Ten Commandments”. Chad became aware that there were few really cool comic book stories for the young people of his own Native community and that many of those representations of the personalities and cultures of the Native people in existing books were often negative stereotypes. With Rabbit and Bear Paws, Chad has succeeded in creating a positive image for Native youth.
Legendary artist Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Dr.Kildare) had this to say about Chad’s approach “We have waited a long time for a comic strip from a North American Indian about North American Indians. It looks like that time has come. Kudos for our brothers.”
World-famous cartoonist Lynn Johnston (For Better or for Worse) calls RABBIT AND BEAR PAWS “funny”, with “insights into areas other cartoonists have not yet explored.”