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Congratulations to November’s Email List Giveaway Winners!

By | November 8th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

I had a couple extra copies of this year's Avatar: The Last Airbender Free Comic Book Day comic, so I ran a giveaway for folks on my email list! Congratulations to Alex K. of San Diego, CA and Mari Ann G. of El Paso, TX! I'm planning to do giveaways about once a month.  I have [...]

Raina Telgemeier and Wonder Woman

By | November 1st, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter (a second grader) bought Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters from her school’s book fair. She instantly became a Raina devotee. I’d already read Smile with her, but something about Sisters flipped a switch - maybe because my daughter has to deal with sibling drama of her own at home. Raina’s a [...]

Luke and Me Episode 3

By | October 13th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

My friend and brother-in-law Luke is making his first comic! He asked me to help him along the process, and we’ve decided to post our interactions here. In case you missed it, here are the previous posts in this series: Luke and Me Episode 1 Luke and Me Episode 2 Luke recently sent me the plot summary [...]

So This Crazy Thing Happened…

By | October 9th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|

This past Tuesday, I got tweets and texts from folks saying that I was on Jeopardy.  Clearly they were mistaken-- I am completely unqualified to be on Jeopardy unless they limited it to comics- and 80's-cartoon-related categories.  (And even then, Jesse Hamm and Jerzy Drozd would wipe the floor with me.) Then a friend sent me a [...]

ICYMI: Shadow Hero Essays for

By | October 6th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

This past July, First Second Books released The Shadow Hero, a graphic novel written by me and drawn by the amazing Sonny Liew. Together, we tell the story of the (arguably) first Asian American superhero. Lots has happened since then. The Shadow Hero stayed on the New York Times bestsellers list for a whole month! The [...]

Luke and Me Episode 2

By | October 4th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Luke's drawing of an awesome bird demon monster guy   My friend and brother-in-law Luke is making his first comic! He asked me to help him along the process, and we’ve decided to post our interactions here. In case you missed it, here’s how we got started: Luke and Me Episode 1 Luke’s been [...]

Luke and Me Episode 1

By | September 24th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

Luke's son playing next to Luke's drawing of a Demon   My friend Luke and I could not be more different.  He's got full sleeve tattoos.  My arms are as unblemished as a newborn baby's butt.  He sports a stylish goatee.  I can't grow connectors (the hair that connects your mustache to your beard) [...]

We have a Winner!

By | September 16th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

I know it's been over a month since Comic-Con 2014, but man, I've been busy.  Secret Coders got announced, I just finished the script for the next Avatar: The Last Airbender GN, and a new school year began! Anyway, I finally got around to picking a winner for my Twitter contest, and it's Deb Aoki!  She [...]

Find The Green Turtle at Comic-Con!

By | July 23rd, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

Pro cosplayer Alvin Duong has graciously agreed to help us promote The Shadow Hero by cosplaying the Green Turtle! When I first talked to Alvin, I told him we could find a way around the Green Turtle's bare-chestedness.  Alvin wouldn't hear of it -- staying true to the source material is key for him.  So here [...]

Boxers & Saints in the Classroom Part 4

By | May 29th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Comics educator Joan Hilty (who also happens to be one of my editors for the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics) included Boxers & Saints on her syllabus for a class titled "Violence in the Pursuit of Justice" at John Jay CUNY! Thank you, Joan!  You're the best! Here are some projects created by her students!