Word Balloons: The Bobcat clawing back for fourth issue
The tales of the Oklahoma superhero The Bobcat continue.
The Bobcat, a Native American superhero operating in 1898 Indian Territory, is the star of the graphic novel “The Bobcat” from Caliber Comics. The series is written by James Hostler and drawn by Jim Mehsling. The Caliber production collects the first three issues of the comic book.
"The Bobcat began serious production after a series of comic con visits and meeting my childhood comic hero Neal Adams, which reignited the fire within me to write and create," Hostler said in a previous interview with The Oklahoman.
Hostler, a 1982 Putnam City West graduate, is the creator and writer of the Bobcat. Artist Mehsling is an illustrator and animator whose animated films have appeared on StarWars.com.
In the comic, The Bobcat is Will Firemaker, a Cherokee blacksmith living in Tahlequah in 1898. Over the course of the graphic novel, he’s pulled into a world of ancient lore and legend as the hero known as The Bobcat.
Now, Hostler plans to continue with a fourth issue, for which he is currently running a Kickstarter campaign, running through May 4.
In issue 4, according to the campaign, Will’s mother Elizabeth Firemaker welcomes a new professor from the eastern U.S. who comes to Indian Territory with promises of furthering education. However, something sinister is beneath the surface, and Will and his friends and family become caught in the middle of it.
“Issue 4 brings The Industrial Age with all of its science and technology to the last remnants of the Old West,” Hostler said in a recent e-mail.
Hostler's Native American heritage played a role in his developing an interest in the Old West era.
"My Cherokee heritage comes from my father's side of the family," Hostler said in a previous Oklahoman interview. "As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the stories and exploits of family members as told to me by my father and others. Although I was not raised in the Cherokee culture, I have seen its influence in my family and always felt a sense of wonder and pride to have a biological link to these great people."