Novel artist

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TURTLE LAKE, N.D. - A North Dakota artist is binding comic books and biography together.

Orville Evjen has a vivid imagination and an abundance of graphite. This graphic designer also writes Native American mythology fiction.

He began drawing stick figures of his favorite cartoon characters when he was 5 years old and now he's the creator of Brave Crow Comics.

"I've always want to do my own style of comic book," said Evjen.

His dream came true in 2002 when he published his first graphic novel on the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

"I've had adults say they love it and I've had kids say they like it," said Evjen.

Now he has a new visual biography on Abraham Lincoln.

"It starts off with him being about 9-years old and working with his father farming," said Evjen.

Two thousand drawings later, the book ends with Lincoln dreaming about governing a divided America on the eve of his inauguration as the 16th President of the United States.

It took seven years for him to research, write and illustrate the book.

"It takes me 20 hours to draw a page," said Evjen.

Along with Lincoln and Lewis and Clark, he's written a "Myth and Lore" series that features characters like Little Feather, Raven, and Bear Man.

"Bear Man is a little like the Hulk, but he's more like a wild animal, where he's destructive," said Evjen.

The "Myth and Lore" stories are based on Native American mythology. The series allows Evjen to combine his culture, art and storytelling in a novel genre.

Evjen will be selling copies of all his stories at the North Dakota United Teachers Conference at the Ramkota in Bismarck Monday, June 10th. You can also see and purchase his work at bravecrowcomics.com.