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      • The Last Airbender Opens At Midnight
        06/30/10
        Given the avalanche of horrifically bad reviews this movie has already been getting, arguing against its use of yellowface feels a bit like trying to beat a bag of hair at Scrabble. Most people are going to boycott it because of its suckitude rather than its racebending.

        I do want to mak

      • Astroboy Volume 3
        06/29/10
        I love love LOVE Japan's God of Manga Osamu Tezuka. I started reading his stuff as an adult and credit him for helping me get past my teenage anti-manga bias. (A friend and I used to argue American comics vs. Japanese comics, with me defending the good ol' U.S. of A.) His series Adolf i

      • Gordon Yamamoto Animated!
        06/23/10
        Some web animator friends of mine down in L.A. put together this little clip, based on a scene in Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks (currently available as part of Animal Crackers):



        Their rendition of Gordon is clearly better than mine. Thanks, Squadron B!

      • Prime Baby Beginnings
        06/23/10
        In the interview I did with Tom Spurgeon over at ComicsReporter.com, I mentioned three inspirations for Prime Baby:

        1. The sibling rivalry I witnessed at home after my second kid was born.
        2. A prime numbers project I assign to my students, and their inevitable questions about its

      • AsiaAlive in San Francisco
        06/22/10
        After my event in Washington D.C. on Friday, I'm going to teleport* to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to be a part of their AsiaAlive program. I'll be hanging out from noon to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday, drawing comics. I'll also have a fun little drawing activity for th

      • Booklist Youth Forum at ALA in Washington, DC
        06/20/10
        Later this week, I'll be heading over to the nation's capitol to punch a BP exec in the face to participate in the Booklist Youth Forum at the American Library Association Conference in Washington DC. I'll be joining my editor Mark Siegel (who also happens to be the genius behind Sai

      • Prime Baby Process
        06/16/10
        Wanna know how I make comics? Here's the quickie run-down, using page 2 from Prime Baby as an example:

        1. I start by writing a script. Sometimes this looks slick and formatted, kind of like a screenplay. Sometimes this is barely-legible chicken scratch on napkins. Unfortunately,

      • Graphic Novel and Comic Writing & Illustrating Conference
        06/08/10
        In the Minneapolis area? On June 19, 2010, Hennepin County Library and the Loft Literary Center are hosting a conference on breaking into comics! I'll be there, as will Zander Cannon, Barbara Schultz, Lars Martinson, Jude Nutters, Robin Schwartzman and Linda E. Davis. Registration is free, bu

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