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Fresh Off The Boat + Free Comic Book Day

By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Gene's Blog|

I'm a huge fan of the Fresh Off The Boat television show. It's clever and funny, plus it taps into pieces of my childhood that I've rarely seen on a screen, large or small. So when the folks behind the show asked me to partner with them on a project, I jumped at the chance. Superheroes [...]

New Super-Man

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Books & Comics|

illustrated by Viktor Bogdanovic, Richard Friend, and Hi-Fi Color published by DC Comics recommended for Seventh Grade and Up At the end of my Superman run,  DC Comics and I began talking about what I might do next for them.  When they first pitched me the idea of a Chinese Super-Man, I said NO.  Superman is all [...]

Reading Without Walls Video Podcast

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

What's Reading Without Walls, you ask?  Find out here. This video podcast is just me having awkward conversations with people I admire.  I'm trying my best to do one of these every month!  Here are the episodes we've done so far:          

The Reading Without Walls Challenge

By | May 13th, 2016|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

So this crazy thing happened this past January.  The Library of Congress, Children's Book Council, and Every Child A Reader appointed me the fifth National Ambassador of Young People's Literature! Every National Ambassador picks a platform.  Mine is Reading Without Walls.  I want every kid -- every reader, really -- to explore the world through books.  [...]

Reading Without Walls at Live Oak

By | April 9th, 2016|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Melissa McAvoy, librarian at Live Oak School in San Francisco, issued the Reading Without Walls challenge to her school! She made an awesome bulletin board promoting the initiative. You see all those little book-shaped stickers? Every one of them represents a book that was read by one of her students! Here's what Melissa said about the [...]

Unboxing A Package from DC Comics

By | January 26th, 2016|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

When I first heard about unboxing videos I thought they sounded so stupid. I checked one out anyway. Forty unboxing videos later, I must admit that I understand the appeal. Decided to make one of my own!

So this crazy thing happened…

By | January 23rd, 2016|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

On January 4, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children's Book Council appointed me the fifth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. My wife and I flew out to Washington D.C. for a fancy inauguration ceremony. I wore a fancy suit and got a fancy medal. I gave a speech to a [...]

Superman #44 Giveaway Winners!

By | November 12th, 2015|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Congratulations to Dan of Pasadena, CA; Lucia of San Jose, CA; and Timothy of Murfreesboro, TN! They each won a signed copy of Superman #44! Periodically, I run giveaways for the folks on my mailing list.  Interested in the next one?  Sign up for my mailing list below.  I'll even give you a free digital comic!

Secret Coders

By | October 12th, 2015|Categories: Books & Comics|

illustrated by Mike Holmes published by First Second Books recommended for Fifth Grade and Up Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Paths & Portals) AVAILABLE NOW! Volume 3  (Secrets & Sequences) available on March 7, 2017! Volume 4 (Robots & Repeats) available on October 3, 2017! Visit the Secret Coders website! I love comic books and I love coding.  For [...]

Sakura Pen Set Giveaway Winners!

By | September 28th, 2015|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

About a month ago, I spoke at the San Jose Public Library's Graphic Novel Contest awards ceremony.  Sakura was a sponsor and one of their representatives was there.  We got to talking, I told him about my mailing list giveaways, and he graciously offered to donate three pen sets for my September giveaway. Sakura pens are [...]