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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 [...]

Another Twitter Contest!

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

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 [...]

2011 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

By | August 22nd, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

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 [...]

American Born Chinese Video

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

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. [...]

What I’m Working On 5/3/12

By | May 4th, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

A panel from a page I just finished: That's Joan of Arc, in case you're wondering.

Level Up on G4

By | April 21st, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

Moye Ishimoto of G4 mentions Level Up on Fresh Ink Online! Video Game - E3 2012 Thanks, Moye! You're the best!

Level Up got nominated for an Eisner!

By | April 12th, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

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 [...]

What I’m Working On 3/21/12

By | March 21st, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

Comics in Education: Graphic Novels Help Immigrants

By | March 13th, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

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.

Comics in Education: Diversity Comics in Korea

By | March 8th, 2012|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

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 [...]