‘The Heroes’ tells Navajo origin tales
by Doug McMurdo
The Times-Independent
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Keith Jim stands with a book of his drawings. 
Photo by Doug McMurdo
Keith Jim stands with a book of his drawings. Photo by Doug McMurdo

Keith Jim’s grandfather told him many of the Navajo origin stories when he was a child, but his favorite is about monsters and the twins who dared to take them on.

The Moab resident took his grandfather’s story and put it in a comic book, “The Heroes,” the first of many featuring Native American characters. His goal, he said, is to ensure the creation stories continue for future generations of Navajos – and anyone else who is interested in such things.

Here’s the premise: Long ago, a woman named Changing Woman gave birth to two sons, Monster Slayer and Born for Water. They lived in a world of killer monsters. The boys grew tired of the status quo and visited their father, the Sun, who provided them with the weapons they would need to fight the monsters.

“The monsters were aggressive … and these boys were always hiding from them and they try to do something about that,” he said.

Jim was born not to fight monsters, but to write comics featuring his illustrations. Co-written by Michael Fromm, “The Heroes” will make its debut at Tales of Tomorrow bookstore in Farmington, New Mexico at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

Jim is a self-taught artist. His favorite super hero is Batman, but Captain America was the first comic he ever owned.

He said he always carried one around and began drawing at a very young age. After Farmington, Jim and his wife, Tammy Blackhat – who is his publicist – will head to Red Planet Comics in Albuquerque Nov. 2-4. They will also try to find other shops to carry “The Heroes” in locales such as Santa Fe and Flagstaff.

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