OH – Asian Americans and Comics

geneYang350Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Wexner Center for the Arts for a free lecture on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM!

Press Release:

Asian Americans represent one of the largest demographics working in today’s US comic book world. How did they come to be so involved in this medium, and what does their work as writers, artists, editors, and publishers mean for the industry? At this free lecture, award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang will explore these issues by discussing prominent Asian American cartoonists, the historical portrayals of Asians and Asian Americans in American comics, commonalities between modern comics and traditional Asian art, and how being an Asian American has shaped his own work in comics.

The creator of American Born Chinese (2006), Boxers and Saints (2013), Secret Coders (2015), Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, and DC’s Superman among many other acclaimed comics, Yang was recently appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. Teens interested in comics are invited to register for a free workshop with Yang; space is limited, so register now at the link. A book signing will follow the event.

Copresented by Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in conjunction with its exhibition Good Grief!: Children and Comics (opening June 10) and the Children’s Literature Association’s national conference (at Ohio State June 9–11; visit childlitassn.org/2016 for details).

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Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-3535

SF – Children’s Book Week

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Children’s Book Council presents their West Coast keynote event celebrating Children’s Book Week with Gene Luen Yang (Secret Coders, American Born Chinese) in conversation with Raina Telgemeier (Sisters, Smile) on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from noon till 2:00 PM. A fun, engaging opportunity for young people to meet and learn from their favorite graphic novelists.

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4400

OR – An Evening w/ Gene Luen Yang

geneYang350Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Alberta Rose Theatre on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Gene Luen Yang, recently appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, began making comics and graphic novels over 15 years ago. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. Boxers & Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, was published in 2013. It was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Yang has done a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman. And his newest book, Secret Coders, has been described in Wired Magazine as “like Harry Potter, but with computers instead of wands.”

Gene Luen Yang’s visit is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to our library’s leadership, innovation and reach through private support.

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Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
(503) 719-6055

NE – Gene Luen Yang Signing

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Join the UNO School of the Arts in welcoming graphic novel author and comic artist Gene Luen Yang to the UNO campus on Thursday April 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Yang has penned such beloved and critically acclaimed graphic novels as “American Born Chinese,” “Boxers & Saints,” and “Animal Crackers,” as well as working on popular comic series including “Superman” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Yang was also recently named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council.

Yang will be giving a lecture on his experiences, as well doing a Q & A session and book signing. Books and comics will be available for purchase, provided by Legend Comics and Coffee. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in Lot T (lower level of East Parking Garage) beginning at 5:30 P.M.

Questions? Contact Dr. Jeremy Johnson.

This event is sponsored by the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media’s Cultural Enrichment Fund, which seeks to provide opportunities for UNO students to experience and engage with the arts. UNO is an AA/EEO /ADA institution. For questions, accommodations or assistance please call/contact Charlotte Russell, ADA/504 Coordinator (phone: 402.554.3490 or TTY 402.554.2978) or Anne Heimann, Director, Disability Services (phone: 402.554.2872).

University of Nebraska Omaha
6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68182

TX – Gene Luen Yang Signing

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Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the Bedrock City Comic Co. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 9:00 PM! Gene has written acclaimed graphic novels such as American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, The Shadow Hero, Secret Coders, Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender comics series, DC’s Superman, and more. Gene is also the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature as appointed by the Library of Congress.

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Bedrock City Comic Co.
4602 Washington Ave, Houston, Texas 77007
(713) 862-0100

SF – The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Signing

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Press Release: 

Isotope proudly presents award-winning cartoonist Sonny Liew visiting us for the first time all the way from Singapore on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

We’re massive fans of Sonny’s gorgeous work, and love his creative team-ups with Gene Yang on THE SHADOW HERO, with Paul Levitz on DOCTOR FATE, with Mike Carey on MY FAITH IN FRANKIE, with Tommy Kovac on WONDERLAND, on the fantastic series of FLIGHT anthologies, and especially his solo MALINKY ROBOT and… the book that we think will be dominating the Best of the Year lists for 2016… THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE.

THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE is a brilliant (and totally fictional) historical biography detailing the life of an famous (faux) cartoonist as told through (falsified) excerpts of work from throughout the artist’s ‘career.’ Featuring a variety of styles from vintage newspaper strips to commercial art jobs, articles and found objects, pages of Chye’s various sketchbooks, intertwined with a glimpse of the actual history comics and also the island city-state of Singapore. Sonny’s work here is a true tour de force and already making huge ripples in the art world as well as being considered so controversial in Liew’s homeland that it has been cited for its “potential to undermine the authority and legitimacy of the Republic of Singapore government.”

The reviews for this eagerly awaited book from Sonny are universally glowing, positively gushing, and rightfully efficacious. We agree, this is definitely not to be missed!

The Isotope is honored to get to be part of Sonny’s exclusive ten-stop tour of North America for this remarkable book. Come join us for a very special celebration of one of comics best, and most unique, creators.

Isotope – The Comic Book Lounge
326 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 621-6543

CA – Superman: Before Truth Signing

000000-SUPERMAN-BEFORE-TRUTHWriter Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Avatar: The Last Airbender) appears at The Grove’s Barnes & Noble on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign SUPERMAN: BEFORE TRUTH!

Press Release:

A new era for the Man of Steel begins here—crafted by National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang. Superman is going through some changes. First, there’s his new “solar flare” power, which releases tremendous amounts of energy but leaves him functionally human—fragile, vulnerable, prone to hangovers—for 24 hours.

But an even bigger change is coming. A new company called Hordr has sprung up, and its business is secrets.

Join us for an epic evening with Gene Luen Yang for this special discussion and signing of Superman Vol 1. Before Truth.

This is a wristbanded event.

A wristband will be issued to customers who purchase Superman Vol 1. Before Truth at Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning April 16th at 9am

· Seating in the event space will be limited to the first 100 fanswho purchase Superman Vol 1. Before Truth
· Limit 1 wristband per book
· Check back for more details as they become available

For more information contact Barnes & Noble at The Grove at (323) 525-0270

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-0270

MoCCA Art Fest 2016 Announces Guests of Honor

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The Society of Illustrators is proud to share this year’s stellar list of Guests of Honor for the MoCCA Arts Festival in New York City. They are:

* Cece Bell, author of the phenomenal middle grade graphic memoir El Deafo (winner of the Newberry Honor and an Eisner Award)

* R.O. Blechman, Emmy Award-winning illustrator, animator, cartoonist and author.

* Phoebe Gloeckner, whose subversive classic The Diary of a Teenage Girl was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed film of the same name.

* Sonny Liew, whose graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was censured by the National Arts Council of Singapore and is forthcoming from Pantheon Books.

* Rebecca Sugar, creator of the quietly radical animated cartoon series Steven Universe.

This diverse group of artists exemplifies the limitless aesthetic and social power of comics and cartooning. The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place on April 2 – 3rd from 11:00AM – 6:00PM at our brand new location at Metropolitan West (636 W. 46th St.) with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave.).

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under twelve are free. Further scheduling information regarding our Guests of Honor will be available in future announcements.

ABOUT THE GUESTS OF HONOR

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Cece Bell
Children’s book author and illustrator Cece Bell attended the College of William and Mary where she studied Art History, and later attended Kent State University, earning a graduate degree in illustration and design. Her colorful, fun and quirky drawings can be found in her best-selling books Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, Crankee Doodle, Bug Patrol, Itty Bitty, Bee-Wigged, and the Sock Monkey series. In 2015, Bell received the Newbery Medal Honor for her graphic novel El Deafo, a story based on her own experiences growing up deaf.

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R.O. Blechman
R.O. Blechman is a multiple award-winning and influential animator, illustrator, children’s book author, graphic novelist and editorial cartoonist. His many books include the groundbreaking 1953 graphic novel The Juggler of Our Lady and the forthcoming Amadeo & Maladeo: A Musical Duet. His work in animation includes The Soldier’s Tale and unforgettable advertisements for products like Alka Seltzer. He has received multiple recognitions including a Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cartoonists Society in 2011, was inducted into the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame in 2012. His work has been shown at The Norman Rockwell Museum, The School of Visual Arts, and MoMA.

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Phoebe Gloeckner
Phoebe Gloeckner began cartooning after moving to San Francisco in the 1970s, and was greatly influenced by the underground comix movement led by artists including Robert Crumb, Aline Kominksy, Bill Griffith, Diane Noomin, and Terry Zwigoff. Her early work appeared in anthologies including Wimmen’s Comix, Weirdo, and Twisted Sisters. Both her 1998 collection A Child’s Life and Other Stories and the 2002 novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures received notable recognition as well as controversy for its honest portrayal of teenage sexuality with themes of drug use and childhood traumas. The book has been adapted into a theatrical production and a critically acclaimed feature film of the same name. She is the recipient of the 2000 Inkpot Award, received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, and is currently the Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities.

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Sonny Liew
Sonny Liew is a comics artist, painter, and illustrator whose work includes the New York Times bestseller The Shadow Hero (with Gene Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz), Malinky Robot and titles for Marvel Comics, DC Vertigo, and Image Comics. He has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards for his collaborations on The Shadow Hero, Wonderland, and Liquid City, a multivolume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia. He lives and works in Singapore.

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Rebecca Sugar
Animator, composer and director Rebecca Sugar’s groundbreaking career started as a writer and storyboard artist on the animated television series Adventure Time. She later went on to create the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, and became the first woman to independently create a series for that network. She has received numerous Emmy and Annie Award nominations for her work on both series.

About the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Our Museum of Illustration was established in 1981. We offer year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. Our Permanent Collection houses 2,500 pieces that are cataloged for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, we created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

CA – Gene Luen Yang Signs

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Gene Luen Yang, the Library of Congress’s newly minted Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, appears at Escapist Comics on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM to sign comics.

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Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
510-652-6642

SF – Secret Coders Signing

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Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at the San Francisco Public Library on Saturday November 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM!

Press Release: 

Award-winning, best-selling author Gene Luen Yang presents his newest graphic novel: Secret Coders! Exploring the world of computer programming from his experience as a computer science teacher, Yang brings this knowledge to his latest graphic novel.

Gene Luen Yang has written and drawn many comics, including the hit Avatar: The Last Airbender series and DC Comics’ Superman. American Born Chinese was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won the LA Times Book Prize for Boxers & Saints. His latest graphic novel is Secret Coders.

A booksale and signing follows this event.

Co-sponsored by the Fisher Children’s Center and the Mix at the San Francisco Public Library.

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4400

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