Books & Comics

Secret Coders Book 1

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

illustrated by Mike Holmes published by First Second Books recommended for Fifth Grade and Up I love comic books and I love coding.  For years, I taught high school computer science during the day and made comic books at night.  During all that time, comics and coding were two separate worlds. Comics and coding finally have come together [...]

American Born Chinese

By | June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Books & Comics|

colored by Lark Pien published by First Second Books recommended for High School and Up, or Middle School in Moderated Settings   I started American Born Chinese about five years into my comics career. (Though at the time, it was less a career and more a hobby since I wasn't making any money at it.) I'd done a couple [...]

Boxers & Saints

By | May 29th, 2014|Categories: Books & Comics|

colored by Lark Pien published by First Second Books recommended for High School and Up The Boxer Rebellion was fought Chinese soil over 100 years ago.  Back then, the Chinese government was incredibly weak. Western powers were able to establish concessions – pieces of land that functioned as colonies – all across China. The poor, hungry, illiterate teenagers [...]

The Shadow Hero

By | April 28th, 2014|Categories: Books & Comics|Tags: , , |

illustrated by Sonny Liew lettered by Janice Chiang published by First Second Books recommended for Middle School and Up I've wanted to do a superhero book for a long, long time.  I finally get to in The Shadow Hero. Illustrator extraordinaire Sonny Liew and I tell the story of Hank Chu, a mild-mannered Chinese American teenager growing up [...]

Level Up

By | March 18th, 2014|Categories: Books & Comics|

illustrated by Thien Pham published by First Second Books recommended for Middle School and Up How do you decide what to do with your life? This question took up much of my head space when I was in my late teens, and it's also the central question of this book. This is video games vs. med [...]

The Eternal Smile

By | March 4th, 2014|Categories: Books & Comics|

illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim published by First Second Books recommended for High School and Up There's a self-hate that goes along with being a geek sometimes. Yes, we're into comic books and video games and all sorts of not-for-real-stuff, and usually we're proud of it. But every now and then -- after a nine-hour Lord of the Rings [...]

Prime Baby

By | February 17th, 2014|Categories: Books & Comics|

colored by Derek Kirk Kim published by First Second Books recommended for Middle School and Up I can't tell you how thrilled I was when my agent told me that the New York Times (NEW! YORK! TIMES!) wanted me to do a story for them. Newpaper cartoonists are a special breed of smart. I mean, you [...]

Superman #41 – 50

By | June 5th, 2013|Categories: Books & Comics|

pencilled by John Romita Jr, Howard Porter, and Others inked by Klaus Janson and Others colored by Dean White, Hi-Fi, and Others In December 2014, my agent called me.  She'd just had a conversation with the folks at DC Comics, and they asked if I'd be interested in writing Superman. SUPERMAN. In the history of storytelling, [...]

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise

By | March 1st, 2013|Categories: Books & Comics|

co-written with Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko illustrated by Gurihiru published by Dark Horse Comics recommended for Middle School and Up Three or so episodes into the Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon series, I was hooked.  When it ended, I cried rivers.  When I found out Nickelodeon was making a sequel series called The Last Airbender: Legend of [...]

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search

By | January 19th, 2013|Categories: Books & Comics|

co-written with Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko illustrated by Gurihiru published by Dark Horse Comics recommended for Middle School and Up available as a collected hardcover or as three individual graphic novels 2008: I'm watching the very last episode of Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Zuko asks Ozai what happened to his mom, the scene cuts, I yell [...]