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WGN America Adapting DC Comics’ ‘Scalped’

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 27th, 2014 Last Updated on: May 27th, 2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter, WGN America has put in development an adaptation of Scalped from DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint.

The book launched in 2007 as a monthly and ran for 60 issues, ending in 2012. Jason Aaron penned the comic, which was illustrated by R.M. Guera. The series focused on the Oglala Lakota inhabitants in the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in South Dakota as they grapple with organized crime, poverty, drug and alcohol addiction and local politics while trying to preserve their cultural identity. The plot was partially inspired by Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who was arrested for gunning down two FBI agents on a reservation in 1975. The Scalped series is highly regarded within the comics industry and a critical darling. It ranks as one of the longest-running series in comics history with a nonwhite protagonist and largely nonwhite cast.

Has anyone read this series? I have seen both pros and cons about the comic series when it comes to stereotypes of Native Americans. Blue Corn Comics had a review of the comic from back in 2007. A lot of people had likened the series to “Sopranos on a reservation.” So what do you think, will this be good to see Native American actors on a cable TV series, or could this just be more stereotypical portrayals?

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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