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The Boxers and the Power of Pop Culture

By | February 20th, 2013|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , , |

When I tell people that my next project is about The Boxer Rebellion, they get this look in their eyes, the same look people get when they're trying to match a face with a name. Most vaguely remember hearing about it in high school history. Some know it because of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Some think [...]

Lego Asians: Short Round

By | February 6th, 2013|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , , |

It's that time of the week again...  Lego Asians time! I know, Short Round from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom can be controversial in Asian American circles.  After all, when's the last time you saw an Asian or Asian American hero with a diminutive white sidekick?  (And no, Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons don't [...]

Lego Asians: Blue Samurai Guy

By | February 1st, 2013|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

A couple of years ago, I started collecting Asian Lego minifigs. You might be thinking: "Asian Lego minifigs - isn't that redundant? Aren't all Lego minifigs Asian?  I mean, they're yellow, kinda short, and they all look the same." My answer: First, stop being racist. And Lego-ist. Second, a yellow complexion in Legoworld is not an [...]

Why Grey DeLisle is Awesome

By | January 29th, 2013|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

Grey DeLisle is all of the following: 1.  The voice of Azula from Avatar: the Last Airbender 2.  The voice of Daphne Blake in a bunch of Scooby Doo Movies 3.  Awesome Here's proof of #1 and #3:

Sketchbook: Wacom Cintiq

By | December 20th, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

Finally got peer-pressured into buying a Cintiq tablet.  I love it.  Here's my third purely digital drawing.  (I'm too embarrassed to show my first two purely digital drawings.)

‘Nuff Said Reviews: TUNE

By | December 17th, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

Tune by Derek Kirk Kim Recommended for High School and Up Derek's turned his own tortured cartoonist's life into a hilarious sci-fi rom-com! 'NUFF SAID!

Sketchbook: Unused Cover Art

By | December 14th, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

For the past several weeks, I've been working on the covers for my upcoming Boxers and Saints project.  (For the record, I think First Second Books' Colleen AF Venable is Chip Kidd's heir apparent.) Here's some art that ultimately landed on the cutting room floor.

‘Nuff Said Reviews: Sailor Twain

By | December 11th, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

Sailor Twain or the Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel Recommended for Grade 11 and Up Hauntingly beautiful... or is it beautifully haunting?  Probably both. 'NUFF SAID!

This Creative Life with Sara Zarr

By | October 2nd, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , , |

Recently, I sat down with celebrated YA lit author Sara Zarr to talk about writing, creativity, and Frito Scoops. We had a great conversation, and you can get the podcast here!

Advice for the Aspiring Cartoonist

By | September 27th, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

I get a lot of e-mail from aspiring cartoonists asking for advice, even more so now that I'm writing the Airbender comics.  Figured I should share some of my thoughts here.  Here's a slightly edited version of my response in a recent exchange: Here's what I think:  You have to decide whether self-expression is more important [...]