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The Blog of Gene Luen Yang
Good As Lily 


This entry is months late, but in case you haven't heard, comics wunderkind Derek Kirk Kim and master illustrator Jesse Hamm have released their latest work, Good As Lily from Minx. Minx is line of graphic novels from DC Comics targeted at teenage girls, but enjoyed by all age groups and both genders. Good As Lily is my favorite so far, but I have to admit I'm biased because both Derek and Jesse are good buddies.

Check out an excerpt in New York Magazine!

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Lark Pien's I AM TEN 


Bay Area cartooning phenom Lark Pien is having an exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco! Details here. Lark's artwork is the perfect blend of cuddly and creepy... you really need to see it for yourself!

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November Events 
I've got three events in November.

On Tuesday, November 6th at 7pm, I'll be visiting the Lafayette Library as part of their "We The People" exhibit. Here's the address:

956 Moraga Road
Lafayette, CA

On Thursday, November 15th, I'll be at the California School Library Association conference in Ontario, CA. I'm doing a presentation on graphic novels from 3:30 to 5:30. Details here .

Finally, on Saturday, November 17th, I'll be talking about American Born Chinese at the Oakland Public Library at 11am. Here's the address:

125 14th Street
Oakland, CA

If you can come by to any of those, I'd love to see you!

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Amelia Rules! 


Amelia Rules creator Jimmy Gownley and I were on a panel together at Comic-Con International in July. He handed me a copy of Amelia Rules #13 then, and I finally got a chance to read it now. It's as sensitive a treatment of the Iraq War as you could hope for, with a good measure of pre-teen romance thrown in. Check it out!

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Best Lecture I've Ever Experienced 
Notice I didn't title this entry "Best Lecture I've Ever Heard." The president of our school forwarded this to me:

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/92

Beyond the immense importance of his topic, the lecturer here displays a deep understanding of multimedia communication. He brings together speech and text and animation to effectively convey an incredible amount of information in a relatively short period of time. A presentation like this simply wouldn't have been possible twenty years ago. This is how our students will need to communicate. This is what we as teachers need to train them for.

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