Published on July 30, 2012 by Amy
Roy Boney, Jr. is a full blood Cherokee comic artist, fine artist, computer animator and language preservationist from Locust Grove, Oklahoma, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and a hereditary member of the Deer Clan.
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Roy Boney, Jr. grew up speaking the Cherokee language. He studied at Oklahoma State University, earning a BFA in Graphic Design. He received his Masters of Arts degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he was a member of the Sequoyah Research Center team and received the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Fellowship.
With Matthew Sheperd, Boney created the graphic novel series, Dead Eyes Open, published by Slave Labor Graphics. From a comic background, Boney ventured into fine art drawing and painting. His fine art debut in 2006 yielded the Grand Prize at the Cherokee Heritage Center’s Trail of Tears art show and inclusion in the traveling exhibit, Frybread and Roses: The Art of Native American Labor. Several of Boney’s paintings are in the permanent collection of the Sequoyah National Research Center.
Boney collaborated with Joseph L. Erb at American Indian Resource Center, Inc., teaching animation to Muscogee Creek and Cherokee Children. Their Native language animated films have received numerous awards. Boney is currently a language media specialist for the Cherokee Nation. Erb and Boney developed an iPhone application for Cherokee language text messaging and are developing Cherokee language social network and video games.