Level Up

Level Up Awareness Month

By | May 31st, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Dude.  So the CRAZIEST THING happened last night.  President Barack Obama calls me up and tells me that he's so excited about Level Up, my upcoming graphic novel with Thien Pham, that he's declared the month of June 2011 LEVEL UP AWARENESS MONTH!!!  I was like, Mr. President!  It's an honor and everything, but it's Memorial [...]

Wired.com’s Geek Dad Likes Level Up

By | May 24th, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Level Up, my new graphic novel with illustrator Thien Pham, was recently reviewed on the Geek Dad blog: Even though my own story isn’t like Dennis’ — my parents encouraged me to find my own path and didn’t push me into medicine or law — Level Up still struck a chord with me and it’s a [...]

Secret Origins of Level Up

By | May 17th, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Today, the Geek Dad blog over at Wired.com is featuring my comic about our comic.  I did a short two-pager about Level Up, my upcoming graphic novel with Thien Pham.  Take a look!

Kirkus Reviews Likes Level Up!

By | May 12th, 2011|Categories: Gene's Blog|Tags: , |

Kirkus Reviews, aka The World's Toughest Book Critics, just reviewed Level Up: Pham’s slyly muted art, infused with console-game design, gives Dennis an appropriately (given his issues) childlike look. Those creepy angels will stay with readers. As narrative, Yang’s immigrant-parent theme—like the “be yourself” message of his Printz Award–winning American Born Chinese—is conventional; braided with parallel [...]

Gaming Bits Likes Level Up!

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

This review was published last year, but it's still worth bragging about. Gaming Bits, the popular gamers' website, likes Level Up! Level Up is an upcoming graphic novel from First Second Books. The story of Dennis is one that many can relate to. Whether you are an aspiring professional gamer, game developer, game reviewer, or just [...]

Giant Robot Likes Level Up!

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

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, [...]