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Gene and Lark's Book Signing at Isotope Comics
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
326 Fell Street at Gough in Hayes Valley
near to Civic Center Bart Station, Van Ness Muni Station
American Born Chinese
China Books is proud to present Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese. This is the first full-length graphic novel dealing with specific trials and tribulations of the Chinese-American Diaspora. Bay Area author/illustrator Gene Yang brings us a delightfully portrayal of life for a young Chinese-American boy who moves from San Francisco’s Chinatown to the suburbs, where he is one of two Asian children in the school. Interwoven with this story are a modern account of Song Wukong, the Monkey King from Journey to the West, and the story of Cousin Chin-kee, the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype. These three seemingly disparate stories come together in a surprising ending which is both heart rending and heart warming. This book is truly a new American fable.
Author: By Gene Luen Yang, Colored by Lark Pien
Pages: 240, Full Color
Publisher: :01 First Second
Gene Yang is a Bay Area native and has been drawing comic books since the fifth grade. In 1997, he received the prestigious Xeric Grant for the first book he made as an adult, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. He teaches computer science and is developing a system to use interactive web comics to teach algebra to high schoolers. More of his work can be seen on his website www.geneyang.com. He currently resides in the East Bay with his wife, Teresa, and their son Kolbe.
Trained as an architect, Lark Pien’s comic work is prolific and wonderfully precise. This is her second time collaborating with Yang; she also colored his book The Comic Book Rosary. She received the prestigious Kim Yale - Best New Talent award from the Friends of Lulu Association in 2004. Her handprinted mini-comics include Long Tail Kitty and Mr. Boombha, which are available through Global Hobo's distribution website www.hobocomics.com. More of her work, as well as her resume can be seen on her website www.larkpien.com.
super interesting link to Gene's innerworkings:
about the book:
also, if you miss this date, there are also others that Gene is scheduled to appear at:
Sept 30th, at 2pm
Super 7 retail shop
1630 Post Street in Japan Town, San Francisco
Oct 4th, at 7pm
City Lights bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue in North Beach, San Francisco
Oct 23rd, at 6.30pm
140 Kentucky Street in Petaluma
i loved the teenage mutant ninja turtles back in my highschool days. it was especially exciting when a guest artists drew for the series, ie. burden with flaming carrot and sakai with usagi yojimbo. my favorite was probably michael zulli's sureal poetic near death moment of raphael. though eastman's 19,20,21 with zog was tops when it came to the fighting.
pretty geeky, i know. i was really into badminton at the time too. ever since i saw the preview for the upcoming TMNT movie, they've been sneaking back into my sketchbooks.
maybe i've mentioned the turtles a few times too many, because my friends are gifting me TMNT art. i'm not complaining! it's really, really terrific. hopefully, this little collection will grow.
TMNT and LTK by jesse hamm - from 2004
TMNT gang, LTK, Usagi and me by wahab algarmi, 2005
TMNT, Crang, and LTK (up in the vent) by anthony hon, 2006
a while back, i googled TMNT and found a fan site that had the CUTEST art ever. i heart kid art.
this last one was the hammer tho'. being a teen titan fan too, this is as good as it gets.