Chemehuevi and Navajo artist Ryan Huna Smith's Frybread Man, once part of the Comic Art Indigène exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is his best selling print. The pudgy anti-hero is storied to have transformed when he ate radioactive frybread.
Smith, who grew up with comics and cartoons - "a Star Wars generation kid" - creates work influenced by pop/comic book culture and his Indigenous culture. Now, in collaboration with Giggle Bubble Media, Frybread Man is teaching kids both about the painful history of frybread for Native people and healthy eating. Appropriately, Frybread Man's kryptonite is diabetes - fair enough, we all know one can have too much of a good thing.