NYC – Fantastic Teen Reads

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Gene Luen Yang, Patrick Ness, Andrea Cremer, Alex London, and Robin Wasserman sign at Books of Wonder on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 1:00 until 3:00pm!

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Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

SF – Boxers & Saints Release Party

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Gene Luen Yang appears at Green Apple Books on Tuesday September 10th at 5:00pm!

Press Release:

Green Apple Books is excited to welcome local author and illustrator Gene Luen Yang for the release of his new graphic novels Boxers & Saints. Gene will be in-store signing and sketching for all his fans.

In two volumes, Boxers & Saints (First Second) tells two parallel stories in two books. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. In the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them.

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He has written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and Animal Crackers. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. Recently, he has been working on the New York Times Best-Selling comics series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Green Apple Books
506 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 387-2272

ON – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Gene Yang appears at Little Island Comics Saturday, September 21st, 2013 from 3:00pm-4:30pm for his new graphic novels Boxers and Saints!

Press Release:

The Beguiling is proud to welcome respected author Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Eternal Smile) to Toronto for the debut of his new pair of graphic novels, Boxers and Saints. Boxers & Saints is an innovative new graphic novel in two volumes – the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift, the Boxer Rebellion of 1898. American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith.

Gene Yang will visit The Beguiling for an afternoon moderated Q&A session with store manager Christopher Butcher, which will be followed by an in-store signing. This is a rare visit to Toronto for Yang, a highly-regarded New York Times bestselling author, so we hope you can make it out!

Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 2R6 Canada
Phone: 416-901-7489

DC – The Art and Style of Graphic Novels

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Laura Lee Gulledge, Rutu Modan, Matt Phelan, and Gene Luen Yang appear at Politics & Prose on Monday September 16, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

Press Release:

Join moderator Glen Weldon, author and a contributor to NPR’s pop culture blog and podcast, for the second P&P graphic novel panel with some of today’s most innovative artists. Discussing and demonstrating their work with Weldon are graphic novelists Laura Lee GulledgeRutu ModanMatt Phelan, and Gene YangAges 12 and up.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

DC – Boxers & Saints Signing

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Press Release:

Award winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will talk about his new two-volume novel, Boxers and Saints at the Cleveland Park Library in Washington D.C. on Tuesday September 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Set during China’s Boxer Rebellion (1899-1900), the books tell the parallel stories of two young people caught on opposite sides of a violent rift.

Yang, author of American Born Chinese and the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels, brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion and faith.

Book sale and signing will follow the talk.

The program is in partnership with Politics & Prose Bookstore. For teens and adults.

Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library
3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
202.282.3080

Legend of Korra Con-Bends SDCC 2013

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Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, sequel to the popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, hits Comic Con International in San Diego once again this year to promote the forthcoming second season as well the newly-released soundtrack and comic books from Dark Horse! Fansite Avatar Spirit.net has consolidated all the official events into one handy list:

THE LEGEND OF KORRA PANEL
Friday, July 19th
11.15am – 12.15pm (PT)
Ballroom 20
Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) discuss what’s in store for the highly anticipated Book 2: Spirits. The mind-bending panel will be full of never-before-seen artwork and the ultimate of sneak peeks. You’ll also get to hear from your favorite characters, as talented voice actors Janet Varney (voice of Korra), David Faustino (voice of Mako), and P. J. Byrne (voice of Bolin) share their experiences working on the series. Moderated by Bryan Konietzko.

**BREAKING NEWS** The entire first episode of Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirits will screen during the panel!

THE LEGEND OF KORRA SIGNING SESSION
Friday, July 19th
12.45pm to 2.15pm (PT)
Nickelodeon booth (Booth #4113)
Panelists from The Legend of Korra panel will be present to sign autographs. You will also receive this this cool poster! (see above)

AVATAR LEGACY FAN PANEL
Saturday, July 20th
11am – 12pm (PT)
Room 29A
For over 6 years, the organizers of this fan panel have been bringing together both fans and professionals. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, this year’s panel will include Fan Artist Alisa Christopher, Martial Arts Coordinator Sifu Kisu, Illustration Team Gurihiru, Writer Gene Luen Yang, Voice Actor Dante Basco and maybe a few surprise guests. There will be a cosplay contest to showcase the fandom’s talented “fabric benders”. In addition to the cosplay contest, there is also a haiku contest and you can read the details over here.

DARK HORSE SIGNING SESSION *ticketed event*
Saturday, July 20th
1pm – 2pm (PT)
Dark Horse booth (Booth #2615)
Michael Dante DiMartinoBryan KonietzkoJoaquim Dos SantosKi-Hyun RyuGene Luen YangChifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano from Gurihiru Studio will be present for this signing. Please take note that this is an ticketed eventTickets are available the day before and on the day of the signing at the Dark Horse booth. Please take note that Dark Horse discourages lining up early for the signing. As long as you have the ticket, just show up on time for the scheduled signing and you will have those awesome coveted signatures.

JEREMY ZUCKERMAN SIGNING SESSION
Saturday, July 20th
3pm – 4pm (PT)
Nickelodeon booth (Booth #4113)
Jeremy Zuckerman will be hosting an exclusive signing at the Nickelodeon booth. Maybe you can bring the newly released Korra Book One soundtrack for this signing.

**UPDATE** NICK Booth Fans can pick up tickets for The Legend of Korra Signing and the TMNT Signing starting at 10am on Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19.There will be 125 tickets available each day per signing There will be a total of 250 tickets available for each signing Tickets are given on a first come, first serve basis Fans have to line up for tickets for each signing separately The Tickets are only for the KORRA Signing that is on the day of the panel, they are not doing a ticketing system for the Korra Soundtrack signing on Saturday.

CA – Free Comic Book Day 2013

fcbd_atlaGene Luen Yang, James Robinson, Matt Hawkins, Alexis Fajardo, Vicki Scott, and Justin Thompson appear on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

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11am-2pm
Vicki Scott, penciller (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)
Alexis Fajardo, writer/editor (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)
Justin Thompson, inker/storyteller (Boom Studios’ PEANUTS)

2pm-5pm 
Gene Luen Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Born Chinese)
James Robinson (DC Comics Earth-2, Starman)

4pm-7pm
Matt Hawkins (Top Cow Studios’ Aphrodite IX, Think Tank)

Character Appearances:
Darth Vader

Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd (at Oak Grove Rd), Concord, CA 94518

CA – How to Write for Comic Books

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Gene Luen Yang speaks and signs at Fantastic Comics on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 3:00 until 4:30 pm!

Gene says on his blog:

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!

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Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 848-2988

SF – Leveling Up Lecture

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!”

Press Release:

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

FL – How to Make Comics

Gene Luen Yang appears at Alachua County Library on Thursday January  26, 2012 at 6:30 PM!

Press Release:

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
(352) 334-3900

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