Native comic book artist Jeffrey Veregge, Port Gamble S'Klallam, is picking up steam, and doing it on his terms. In the spring of last year, his Salish formline-infused images of superheroes became a viral sensation on blogs—the "hey, this is cool" phenomenon of the week (see for instance posts at io9, and of course ICTMN.com).
Neat, huh? Sure. But you wonder, would a major comics publisher ever use something this edgy? Would a major publisher ever put this Coast Salish aesthetic on a book?
You bet they would. Issue 23 of Judge Dredd, published by IDW (the country's fifth-largest comics company), features a Jeffrey Veregge cover in his own distinct style. Paste Magazine has selected it as one of the best comic-book covers of September.
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This is not a one-shot deal, either. Veregge has a run of GI Joe covers coming up (also for IDW), with the first debuting September 24.
Judge Dredd issue no. 23, cover by Jeffrey Veregge