Upon completing a doctorate in education, Lee Francis IV was faced with a career decision–follow the path of his father, who was an academic, or create his own path. He chose the latter. A self-proclaimed “Indigenerd,” Lee tells the stories of Native American superheroes and indigenous icons through comic books. He is the founder of Native Realities, a publishing company that produces and distributes comics to children, youth, and adults. He also is the founder of Indigenous Comic Con (now Indigenous Pop X) that brings together Native American creatives representing multiple art mediums.
In this episode, we discuss the art of storytelling, the importance of owning your own content, and living life in the “gig economy.”