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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 [...]

JUNE GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

By | July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Congratulations to Leila of Washington, Dawn of Wisconsin, and Elizabeth of Alberta for winning my June giveaway!  Each of them will receive a signed copy of all three of my Free Comic Book Day 2015 books: Dark Horse's Avatar: The Last Airbender, DC Comics' Divergence, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund book. Periodically, I run [...]

The Art of Superman

By | June 17th, 2015|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Superman #41, my debut issue, comes out Wednesday, June 24! I'm only handling the script. This art team they've got me working with? Dude. Let me show you our process.  It'll give me an excuse to tell you about the artist behind each phase.   1. SCRIPT. This is me. For my first script, I followed the [...]

The Man of Tomorrow

By | June 15th, 2015|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

There's a reason why folks call Superman the Man of Tomorrow. When he was created in the late 1930's, he really did embody that era's ideas about the future. Back then, progress was seen in largely physical terms: our technology would make us stronger, faster, more invulnerable. And that's what Superman was: the world's strongest, fastest, [...]

S.T.E.M. Comics

By | December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

Folks are sometimes surprised when I tell them that I'm both a cartoonist and a high school computer science teacher, and I think it's because our society puts up a wall between activities it deems "left brain" and those it deems "right brain." Math and science inhabit one world, art and story (and comics) another. But [...]

Congratulations to November’s Email List Giveaway Winners!

By | November 8th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

I had a couple extra copies of this year's Avatar: The Last Airbender Free Comic Book Day comic, so I ran a giveaway for folks on my email list! Congratulations to Alex K. of San Diego, CA and Mari Ann G. of El Paso, TX! I'm planning to do giveaways about once a month.  I have [...]

Raina Telgemeier and Wonder Woman

By | November 1st, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter (a second grader) bought Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters from her school’s book fair. She instantly became a Raina devotee. I’d already read Smile with her, but something about Sisters flipped a switch - maybe because my daughter has to deal with sibling drama of her own at home. Raina’s a [...]