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Boxers & Saints in the Classroom Part 4

By | May 29th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Comics educator Joan Hilty (who also happens to be one of my editors for the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics) included Boxers & Saints on her syllabus for a class titled "Violence in the Pursuit of Justice" at John Jay CUNY! Thank you, Joan!  You're the best! Here are some projects created by her students!

Boxers & Saints in the Classroom Part 3

By | May 28th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

  Teachers Robby Griffin and Darcy Caldwell continue to share about their experience teaching Boxers & Saints at The Peck School in Morristown, New Jersey!  Check out Part 1 and Part 2. BLOG NOTES ON BOXERS & SAINTS LESSON #3 by Darcy Caldwell, The Peck School Today a fellow teacher and I concluded our study of [...]

Boxers & Saints in the Classroom Part 2

By | May 27th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Teachers Robby Griffin and Darcy Caldwell continue to share about their experience teaching Boxers & Saints at The Peck School in Morristown, New Jersey!  Check out their first blog post here. BLOG NOTES ON BOXERS & SAINTS LESSON #2 by Robby Griffin, The Peck School For our third day on Boxers, the students have finished reading the [...]

Boxers & Saints in the Classroom Part 1

By | May 26th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Teachers Robby Griffin and Darcy Caldwell are using Boxers & Saints at The Peck School in Morristown, New Jersey! Thank you so much, Robby and Darcy! I asked them to write about their experience, and here's what they had to say: BLOG NOTES ON BOXERS & SAINTS LESSON #1 by Robby Griffin, The Peck School My [...]

Why is Zita the Spacegirl Awesome?

By | May 20th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

The third volume of Ben Hatke's wonderful middle grade GN series Zita the Spacegirl is out in stores now! I did some fan art to celebrate: Why is Zita the Spacegirl so awesome? Because Little Girl + Courage + Giant Rideable Mouse + Outer Space = AWESOME

The Shadow Hero #3 is Out!

By | April 17th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

The third digital issue of The Shadow Hero is out!  The Shadow Hero is the origin story of The Green Turtle, an obscure Golden Age character who is arguably the first Asian American superhero.  I did the writing, Sonny Liew did the art. Check out some reviews of The Shadow Hero #3 here: Comic Bastards Fanboy [...]

Eisner Awards 2014

By | April 16th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

They announced the 2014 Eisner Award nominations yesterday, and Boxers & Saints was nominated for Best Publication for Teens!  Actually, three of the six books in my category are from First Second Books. As a former high school teacher, I'm really proud to be a part of a team that's serving that age group so well. [...]

LA Times Book Fest 2014

By | April 16th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

I had a blast at the LA Times Book Fest last weekend.  First, Boxers & Saints won the LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature!  I was listed alongside some of our very best YA authors: Elizabeth Knox (Mortal Fire), Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl), Joyce Sidman (What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms and Blessings), and Jonathan [...]

The Runaway Mommy

By | March 28th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

Jane Kuo, a friend of mine from college, recently released a lovely children's book (or maybe parents' book?) called The Runaway Mommy.  The illustrations by Scott Rim are charming, and anyone who's in the midst of the heaven and the hell of parenthood will be able to relate.  Jane's story reminds parents of what they had [...]

Ten Reasons Toph Beifong Should Be Your Hero

By | March 4th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Rift Part 1 will be available at your local comic shop tomorrow!  (It'll be out in bookstores on March 18.)  The Rift is arguably the most Toph-ilicious comic book ever -- the entire story focuses on our favorite Metalbender's friendship with the Avatar. In celebration, I present to you ten [...]