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 [...]
I did this once when Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise Part 1 came out. I'm doing it again for Part 3, available in comic shops on Wed 9/26 and in bookstores on Tue 10/9! (I missed Part 2 because I was craaaaazy busy.) I’m giving away a prize pack that features: 1. A Lego [...]
In 2011, I had the honor of delivering the annual Charlotte Zolotow lecture. I was the most nervous I'd ever been giving a talk-- it's no small thing to follow the likes of Judy Blume, Gregory Maguire, and Susan Patron. The good folks at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have recently put it up on YouTube. Take [...]
Man, this summer kicked my butt. I had deadline after deadline, and everything that was not a deadline fell by the wayside. Well, I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel (only one big deadline left!) so I'm getting back onto tasks that I've long neglected, like maintaining this website and regular flossing. [...]
Level Up, my graphic novel with Thien Pham, got nominated for an Eisner for Best Publication for Young Adults! We're up against some stiff competition! If you haven't read Vera Brosgol's Anya's Ghost or any of the other YA nominees, do yourself a favor and go read one today. Congratulations to all the nominees! Full list [...]
Lillian Mongeau reports on using graphic novels to teach in immigrant communities for NPR's California Report. She interviews Thi Bui who is both a teacher at Oakland International and a cartoonist. She also interviews me. Listen to the whole thing here.
Korea Herald reports on comics' role in the increasingly diverse nation of South Korea: The book titled “Hello! Global Citizens” aims to teach children about peace, human rights and sustainable development. UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding created the educational comic aimed to help elementary and high school students overcome cultural differences. Full article [...]