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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 [...]

Boxers & Saints shortlisted for the LA Times Book Prize!

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

Boxers & Saints was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize in the Young Adult Literature category!  What an honor to be listed alongside Elizabeth Knox, Rainbow Rowell, Joyce Sidman, and Jonathan Stroud! Thank you, LA Times! Check out all the lists here.

Secret Origin of The Shadow Hero Part 5

By | February 21st, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

All this week, Sonny and I are taking you behind the scenes of our new comic The Shadow Hero! Buy the digital first issue of The Shadow Hero on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, or B&N Nook for a mere $0.99! Here are the previous posts, in case you missed them: Secret Origin of The Shadow Hero [...]

Secret Origin of The Shadow Hero Part 4

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

All this week, Sonny and I are taking you behind the scenes of our new comic The Shadow Hero! Buy the digital first issue of The Shadow Hero on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, or B&N Nook for a mere $0.99! Here are the previous posts, in case you missed them: Secret Origin of The Shadow Hero [...]

Secret Origin of The Shadow Hero Part 3

By | February 19th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

All this week, Sonny and I are taking you behind the scenes of our new comic The Shadow Hero! Buy the digital first issue of The Shadow Hero on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, or B&N Nook for a mere $0.99! Here are the previous posts, in case you missed them: Secret Origin of The Shadow Hero [...]

Secret Origin of The Shadow Hero Part 2

By | February 18th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

Today is the day!  Sonny Liew and I revive the Green Turtle, the first Asian American superhero! The Shadow Hero #1 hits the digital shelves of Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and B&N Nook! Buy it now for the low, low price of 99 cents! All this week, Sonny and I are sharing our behind-the-scene material with [...]