ComicCon_BoothTheo Tso

I am enrolled member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. I have a younger brother; we were born and raised on a tiny thirteen-acre parcel given to my ancestors by a rancher named Helen J. Stewart. When we were younger both our parents were called back by the Great Spirit and our aunt and uncle took on the task of raising us.

As far back as I can remember I loved to draw comics and cartoons. I basically taught myself how to draw mainly from comics. When I reached high school I began reading comic books to study various comic book artists whose style I began to admire and study their ways of how they drew each page of the book they were illustrating.

That began the spark and I began to practice on my art trying to hone my craft into a style that would get me noticed by the major comic book companies. I eventually got up the nerve to submit some of my pencil samples to the big comic book publishers, I mailed several packets of samples but I was rejected by all of them, even the small independent publishers, saying that I needed more time to develop my storytelling. I took more time to study what they all told me to work on.

Not to be distraught I decided that I would try my hand at creating my own comic book, and I created a Native American superhero after noticing that there weren’t any comics that were written, drawn or even created by Native Americans! I saw that there was a need for a superhero that was Native American and he would be deal with Native issues coming on and off the various reservations of the southwest. With a focus I began creating Captain Paiute, the Indigenous Avenger of the Southwest! I would put Captain Paiute away for a spell and began focusing on other things.

I got my lucky break from a friend who went to the San Diego Comic Con and brought back a flyer from an up and coming writer who was looking for an artist. I submitted my work to him and a couple of weeks later I was drawing Masked Men issue #0! I got the opportunity to draw the characters again but this time it was published in Phil Yea’s Winged Tiger series.

I was then called into “tribal civil service”. I was voted to serve on the tribal council. I sat on the council for 3 terms, non-consecutively. During my time as a council member I got the chance to fly back to Washington D.C. and to meet with our state senators and the acting director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to discuss the various issues that not only plague Indian Country, but also my tribe. I also had the opportunity to witness the 110th Congress both the House and Senate in session. For a native guy who only got to see that on C-Span I thought that was cool to see and hear them in person.

I still reside on the tiny thirteen-acre parcel that “us” tribal members so lovingly call “The Colony,” with my crazy mutt Wee Man, oh yeah I still draw comics!

There are 17 comments
  1. Kiefer Stellwagon

    I found out about your comic and really interested in what you are doing. I was wondering if there was any way I could purchase a copy of each issue you have?

    Thank you,

    Kiefer Stellwagon

    • admin

      Hello! Yes you can purchase one of my comic bundles for $25.00, you get the comic, a vinyl sticker, an 11X17 full color poster and a hand drawn sketch. Email me if you are still interested in purchasing one form me. my email is war_paint_studios@yahoo.com. Thank you for reaching out to me!

  2. jordan ross

    I just read this book man. I like it. Forced by gun point to Indian reservations by whites. Children were shipped to boarding school by force.And disciplined for speaking Paiute. That’s crazy.

    • I would definitely read this again.

      • admin

        Thanks!!!

    • admin

      Thank you for checking out my comic! I hope that you stick around for the next few issues!!

    • admin

      I have issue number one ready for either print or ebook.

  3. Michael Daugherty (Shawnee)

    First, I just want to say thank you! There are not a lot of indigenous comic books out there, but natives like you are changing that. I read issue #0 and hope to be able to get issue #1. I will do what I can to support indigenous artists like you, Arigon Starr, Jon Proudstar, and many others rising in the name of our ancestors.
    Second, thanks to you and other artists, I have been inspired to write my own comic book. I never really tried, thinking it just couldn’t be done. a big thanks to you and other artists for showing me that it’s possible! I may not have all of the tools as of right now to start my comic book, but I will finish it. Thank you Theo for being an inspiration!!

    • admin

      Thank you for the kind words! I hope that you stick with it! It can be at times challenging but rewarding when you hold up that first printed issue! Makes the headaches all worth while! I’m sorry for responding so late, I had a bit of a change of heart back in the day and found out that I need to get my work out there! Again thank you for the kind words and let me know when your first book is ready! I’d like to see it!

  4. Can I buy a .pdf of your Captain Paiute comic? I don’t take snail mail/paper goods anymore. The Store page is unclear about what I’m buying (for $ .10 ??). I just want the cybercopy.

    • admin

      Yes it under the ebook store, you may buy both issues there! Let me know if the links are not working Thank you for your support! Sorry for the late reply, busy with prepping the next issue!

    • admin

      Did you download your books?

  5. Peg Wood

    Can I buy this locally in Vegas?

    • admin

      Hello! Yes you may buy my comics in town. They are at the following stores and shops:

      1- Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Smoke Shop
      2 – Snow Mountain Smoke Shop
      3 – Moapa Travel Center
      4 – Cactus Comics
      5 – Alternative Reality Comics
      6 – Cosmic Comics
      7 – Celestial Comics
      8 – Velvet Underground Comics

      All of these places are here in town. I apologize for the late response, Im currently working on the second issue. I hope that answers your questions, if you can’t find them there I can ship you a copy or meet you somewhere here in town.

  6. Frank Maglietti

    Can I still order it?

    Captain Paiute issue #0 is here!
    By Admin on October 25, 2015 at 3:45 am
    Here is the cover to Captain Paiute issue #0 (formerly #1)! These are availible for purchase for $25.00. Why so much? You get the comic, a vinyl sticker, an 11×17 full color poster, and an original hand drawn sketch! You may email me on how to purchase your bundle today!!!

    • admin

      Yes you can still buy it in ebook format. I only have those available now here on my website

  7. Malia Hall

    Afternoon!
    My name is Malia Hall and I work for Finger Lakes Library System In Ithaca New York.
    I am very interested in purchasing copies of Captain Paiute for the Library System.
    Could you please send me info?
    New York needs this!
    Thank you.
    Malia

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