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Eisner Awards 2014

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

They announced the 2014 Eisner Award nominations yesterday, and Boxers & Saints was nominated for Best Publication for Teens!  Actually, three of the six books in my category are from First Second Books. As a former high school teacher, I'm really proud to be a part of a team that's serving that age group so well. [...]

LA Times Book Fest 2014

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

I had a blast at the LA Times Book Fest last weekend.  First, Boxers & Saints won the LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature!  I was listed alongside some of our very best YA authors: Elizabeth Knox (Mortal Fire), Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl), Joyce Sidman (What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms and Blessings), and Jonathan [...]

Boxers & Saints shortlisted for the LA Times Book Prize!

By | February 27th, 2014|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Boxers & Saints was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize in the Young Adult Literature category!  What an honor to be listed alongside Elizabeth Knox, Rainbow Rowell, Joyce Sidman, and Jonathan Stroud! Thank you, LA Times! Check out all the lists here.

Read Eisner Nominees For Free Online!

By | April 28th, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , |

As the weeks go by, more and more 2011 Eisner Nominees are showing up FOR FREE ONLINE IN THEIR ENTIRETY! I have selfish reasons for letting you know about this: My own Eisner-nominated book Prime Baby was originally serialized in the New York Times, and they still have the entire story on their website FOR FREE! [...]

Prime Baby Got An Eisner Nom!

By | April 8th, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Prime Baby, my graphic novella about sibling rivalry and space aliens, just got nominated for an Eisner! Thank you, 2011 Eisner Committee!  Thanks for recognizing my book, and thanks especially for all your hard work!  The Eisner Awards are incredibly important for the industry and the medium.  Reading comics is fun, but reading that many comics [...]

10 Notable Asian American Books of 2010

By | January 20th, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

The Eternal Smile, my book with Derek Kirk Kim, was included on Hyphen Magazine's list of 10 Notable Asian American Books of 2010. Thanks, Hyphen!

2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

By | January 14th, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , , |

The Young Adult Library Services Association has just released their 2011 List of Great Graphic Novels for Teens, and Prime Baby made the list! Thanks, YALSA! You guys are the BEST! Seeing the list reminds me of all the awesome comics from last year that I still need to read, like Doug Tenapel's Ghostopolis and Drew [...]

Prime Baby is a Mavericky Marverick

By | January 2nd, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , , , |

Just got word that Prime Baby made the Texas Library Association's 2011 Maverick Graphic Novel List!  Thank you so much, Texas Library Association!  (Specifically, the Young Adult Round Table of the Texas Library Association!)  I am honored to be listed alongside such impressive works.  Have y'all (hee hee) checked out Jason Shiga's Meanwhile, Raina Telgemeier's  Smile, [...]