Erik Nakamura, publisher and editor of the premiere Asian American pop culture magazine Giant Robot, likes Level Up!

Scott Pilgrim might have opened the doors to comics that can co-mingle with video games, but no one wants to redo what’s been done and that one took a big bite into the conventions and ideas of gaming, comics, and story telling in print. Yet in Level Up, another way of incorporating games gets used and it’s more realistic and playful. Written by award winning comics man, Gene Luen Yang “Eternal Smile” and “American Born Chinese” teams up with indie comics sweetheart, Thien Pham in a story that feels and smells Asian American without beating your head down in a cultural story – yet, it is.

Full review here. Thanks, Giant Robot!

Level Up is a graphic novel written by me and  drawn by Thien Pham.  It will be released in June 2011 by First Second Books.  Check out a preview here!