Gene Luen Yang, James Robinson, Matt Hawkins, Alexis Fajardo, Vicki Scott, and Justin Thompson appear on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!
Vicki Scott, penciller (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)
Alexis Fajardo, writer/editor (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)
Justin Thompson, inker/storyteller (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)
Gene Luen Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Born Chinese)
James Robinson (DC Comics Earth-2, Starman)
Matt Hawkins (Top Cow Studios’ Aphrodite IX, Think Tank)
Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518
Gene Luen Yang speaks and signs at Fantastic Comics on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 3:00 until 4:30 pm!
Before the Avatar: The Last Airbender books, I’d written for other artists. The Eternal Smile was written by me and drawn by Derek Kirk Kim. Level Up was written by me and drawn by Thien Pham. In each of those cases, though, I thumbnailed. The artist didn’t always follow my thumbnails, but I still communicated visually with them.
The Airbender books are the first time I’ve turned in scripts that are pure words. I’ve had to do a lot of thinking. How do you lay the foundations of a visual story using just words? I’ve also read a bunch of advice by words-only writers that I admire: Dwayne McDuffie, Peter David, Alan Moore, Mark Waid.
On Saturday, April 6 at 3pm, I’m going to present some of the stuff I’ve learned at Fantastic Comics in Berkeley. I’m gonna talk about writing comics from a words-only perspective. I’m also gonna talk about Aang and Co. If you’re in town, come by!
2026 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Sunset Branch of San Francisco Public Library on Monday October 1, 2012 at 7:00pm. Yang says on his website, “Specifically, I will address approaching comics as a writer. Drop by and say hi, especially if you’re interested in writing for comics!”
How do graphic novels get made? Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, author of the Printz Award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese and recently Level Up, will demystify the inner workings behind this increasingly popular narrative art form.
Renowned for his sensitive depictions of adolescence and mixing of magical realist elements with the everyday to demonstrate the difficulties of growing up as an Asian American, Yang will discuss his own work and the emerging graphic novel medium.
Gene Luen Yang’s works include The Eternal Smile (winner of the Eisner Award), Prime Baby (serialized in The New York Times), Level Up (now in stores), and Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise (from Dark Horse Comics). When he’s not making comics, he teaches at Bishop O’Dowd High School. Visit his site at geneyang.com.
A book sale and signing follows the program.
Sunset Branch of San Francisco Public Library
1305 18th Ave, San Francisco, CA
Gene Luen Yang appears at Alachua County Library on Thursday January 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM!
Gene Luen Yang is a comic artist, graphic novelist and educator. He teaches computer science at a high school in Oakland, California. Mr. Yang’s interest in comics started in 5thgrade when he started reading and drawing them. It was further inspired in high school after he took a comics class.
In 2006, Mr. Yang was named a finalist for the National Book Award in the young people’s literature category for his graphic novel, American Born Chinese. This was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award. He also won the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award for young-adult literature for the same novel, a first for a graphic novel.
Mr. Yang’s other graphic novels include Prime Baby which addresses the topic of sibling rivalry with a science fiction twist, Eternal Smile with Derek Kirk Kim and Level-Up, illustrated by Thien Pham. One reviewer notes that Level-Up “confronts the tension between staying true to yourself on the one hand, and being committed to familial duty on the other.”
Join us for an evening with Mr. Yang on Thursday, January 26, @ 6:30 PM in Meeting Room A for a workshop on How to Make Comics and an opportunity to ask him about his work.
Alachua County Library
401 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
Gene Luen Yang, Wesley Yang, and Jeff Yang speak on Thursday October 6, 2011 from 6:30pm – 8pm at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).
This fall, MOCA brings together three provocative voices in contemporary Asian American culture. Please join acclaimed graphic novelist Gene Yang (Level Up; The Eternal Smile; American Born Chinese), New York Magazine contributing editor Wesley Yang (“Paper Tigers”) and author and columnist Jeff Yang (The San Francisco Chronicle’s “Asian Pop”) – all of whom happen to share the same last name – for a candid, no-holds-
barred discussion on current trending topics including the evolving nature of Asian American identity, the challenges of Asian masculinity and the perils (and promise) of “tiger” parenting.
Gene Yang’s first book, American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel ever to be nominated for a National Book Award. His most recent graphic novel, Level Up looks at the struggle of a young boy to live up to the expectations of his late father, with the help of a quartet of guardian angels. geneyang.com
Wesley Yang’s New York Magazine feature “Paper Tigers” — exploring the traumatic effects of traditional Asian parenting on second-generation offspring — became one of the year’s most talked about articles; he’s currently working on a book on the topic for Harper Collins.
Jeff Yang, veteran culture critic and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, has been at the center of covering the sometimes-controversial issues that both Gene and Wesley have raised in their work.
Admission: Free and open to the public, courtesy of TARGET. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese, delivers the 14th annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture on Wednesday evening, October 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Wisconsin Union Theater on the UW-Madison campus.
This is a free public lecture sponsored by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and Friends of the CCBC.
Author/artist Gene Luen Yang won the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature for his graphic novel American Born Chinese (First Second / Roaring Brook Press, 2006). His other books for children and teens include The Eternal Smile (with Derek Kirk Kim, First Second / Roaring Brook Press 2009) and Prime Baby (Roaring Brook Press, 2010). He has also written and spoken extensively on graphic novels as an art form and as a resource for educators in the classroom.
Wisconsin Union Theater
800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI
Gene Luen Yang and Lark Piem discuss and sign copies of their new book, Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists on Monday October 24, 2011 at 7:00 PM.
Barnes & Noble
Bay Street-Emeryville, 5604 Bay Street, Emeryville, CA 94608
Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham appear at Escapist Comic Bookstore on Saturday September 10, 2011 at 2pm!
Thien Pham and I are going to present all the different ways to get your comic book out into the world: mini-comics, webcomics, self-publishing, working with a traditional comics publisher, working with a graphic novel imprint. There will probably be a lot of Chinese vs. Vietnamese jokes and general verbal abuse along the way. We’ll also do readings from some of our recent and upcoming books. Come spend an afternoon with us at Escapist Comics in Berkeley, California!
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705
Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham teach a cartooning workshop on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 1pm to 3pm as they celebrate the release of Level Up, their new graphic novel published by First Second. Yang and Pham will discuss their collaborative process, sign books, and draw comics with visitors. This event is free with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum.
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
GENE YANG & THIEN PHAM sign at Secret Headquarters on Friday, June 17th from 7pm – 9pm!
Join us in celebrating the release of “American Born Chinese” writer Gene Yang and artist Thien Pham’s new graphic novel, “Level Up”. Stop by this Friday to have a drink and get your book signed!
A rundown of the new book:
“Smackdown! Video Games vs. Medical School!
Which will win the battle for our hero’s attention in Gene Luen Yang’s new graphic novel?
Dennis Ouyang lives in the shadow of his parents’ high expectations. They want him to go to med school and become a doctor. Dennis just wants to play video games—and he might actually be good enough to do it professionally. But four adorable, bossy, and occasionally terrifying angels arrive just in time to lead Dennis back onto the straight and narrow: the path to gastroenterology. It’s all part of the plan, they tell him. But is it?
This powerful piece of magical realism brings into sharp relief the conflict many teens face between pursuing their dreams and living their parents’. Partnered with the deceptively simple, cute art of newcomer Thien Pham, Gene Yang has returned to the subject he revolutionized with American Born Chinese. Whimsical and serious by turns, Level Up is a new look at the tale that Yang has made his own: coming of age as an Asian American.”
3817 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026