Level Up

Level Up on Panel Borders

By | July 21st, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

I spoke with Alex Fitch from the Panel Borders podcast recently.  We talked about comics, working with Thien Pham, and, of course, Tiger parenting.  Listen to the whole thing here. If you're at Comic-Con right now, come by and say hi to me and Thien!  We're at Lark Pien's small press table (P-01)!  You can find [...]

Profile in San Francisco Chronicle

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

Last week, David Wagner of the SF Chronicle wrote a short profile of me: With his 2006 work "American Born Chinese," Yang became the first graphic novelist to have ever been nominated for a National Book Award. His latest book, "Level Up," tells the story of a video-game-obsessed Asian American kid whose stern father pressures him [...]

The New York Times Likes Level Up!

By | July 18th, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Pamela Paul recently reviewed Level Up for The New York Times (NEW! YORK! TIMES!): There are the cartoonish headline tales of Tiger Moms and their obedient, violin-playing daughters and dutiful, Intel STS-prize-winning sons. And then there are the often more complicated lives of real Asian-American sons and daughters, recently explored by Wesley Yang in his much [...]

Working with Thien Pham

By | June 15th, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

I wrote about working with Thien Pham, my collaborator on Level Up, for DiversityInYA.com: It took us years to make Level Up.  And I must confess, I spent a significant amount of that time rubbing my temples and explaining to Thien the importance of rulers and deadlines and knowing the average number of words that will [...]

Interview on 8Asians

By | June 9th, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Moye from 8Asians interviewed Thien and me recently.  Check it out here!

Two Yangs on Asia Pacific Forum

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

Jeff Yang (no relation, unfortunately) and I were on the radio show Asia Pacific Forum on Monday Night!  He talked about NYU's exhibit of Asian imagery in American comic books, I talked about Level Up, and we talked about Asian Americans in today's comic book industry.  Listen to it here! (Scroll down to the bottom for [...]


By | June 7th, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Level Up, my new graphic novel with Thien Pham, is available RIGHT NOW from your local indie bookstore, neighborhood comics shop, Barnes & Noble, Borders, or Amazon.com! And if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, Thien and I will be doing a signing today at the Barnes & Noble in Emeryville at 7pm!  Come see [...]

25% Off Any One Thing At Flying Colors!

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

Joe "FlyCoJoe" Field, the big cheese at Flying Colors, has announced that he's offering 25% off any one thing in his store during my and Thien's Epic Draw-Off this Saturday!   Just bring this coupon when you come! YANG VS. PHAM EPIC DRAW-OFF Saturday 6/4/11, 1;30 - 5pm Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff 2980 [...]

Level Up in the East Bay Express

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

Luke Tsai, a friend of Thien's and mine, writes about  Level Up for the East Bay Express: For Pham, who is of Vietnamese descent, his parents seemed to give up on the idea of him becoming some kind of doctor or whatever by the time he got to high school. But for years after that he [...]

MacTeenBooks Blog Post

By | June 1st, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: |

MacTeenBooks is featuring a blog post by me about Level Up, my new graphic novel with Thien Pham.  I talk about comics, videogames, and my dad: My father is a pretty typical Chinese immigrant of the 1970’s: hard-working, practically-minded, and frugal to a fault.  Throughout my life, we’ve had this constant conflict.  I wanted to draw [...]