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The Blog of Gene Luen Yang - ABC-inspired Projects
ABC-inspired Projects 
Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at the Catholic Library Association conference in Anaheim, CA. There, I met Mr. Lopez, a technology teacher at St. Genevieve Elementary School in Panorama City. Mr. Lopez taught American Born Chinese to his 7th and 8th grade students, and he was kind enough to share with me some of their projects. They're amazing! Here are just a few:

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SLG Web Sale! 

Looking for a place to spend that tax refund? SLG Publishing, the folks who put out my first two graphic novels (Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks and Loyola Chin and the San Peligran Order) are having a web sale! Already cheap comics are now 30% off! Go to www.slgcomic.com and type in taxtime09 as your coupon code. The image above is from Andi Watson's Slow News Day, one of my favorite SLG books. Sale ends on Friday 4/17, so hurry!

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The Eternal Smile 

My next big graphic novel project is The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim, an internationally celebrated cartoonist and one of my best friends. First Second Books will release it later this Spring... in May, I think. I'm not sure. I don't have a head for dates.

Eternal-Smile-related bits and pieces are slowing making their way onto the Internet. Our publisher has put up a preview. Booklist posted a review, as did The Daily Crosshatch. Newarama did an interview with the two of us, which turned into kind of a lovefest. A manly lovefest, but a lovefest nonetheless.

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Secret Identities 

On Tax Day 2009, Secret Identities, the premiere Asian American superhero anthology, drops. Because, you know, Asians love taxes.

Just kidding.

It looks pretty cool, Asian American comics luminaries like Greg Pak, Cliff Chiang, and Kazu Kibuishi contributed work. Sonny Liew and I did a short story for it that's sort of a riff on that old Green Hornet TV show. Check it out.

The official website is here. They even made a video trailer for Sonny's and my story here.

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Angouleme 2009 

Last year, I visited the comic book equivalent of Shangri-La: The Angouleme Festival, the largest comics convention in the Western world. Absolutely amazing. The comics culture in Europe is very, very different from its American counterpart. Their storytelling traditions, their popular genres, even the production pipeline of their books all give a glimpse into a totally different world. Despite the differences, though, the same love for stories told through doodles flow underneath it all.

The 2009 festival is happening RIGHT NOW, but deadlines, family, and other worthy commitments are keeping me on my home continent. Still, I'm able to experience a small piece of the excitement through the Angouleme iPhone/iPod Touch App! This app lets you download sample pages of all the Official Selections of Angouleme 2009. It's like having a digital bookshelf of the very best European comics in your pocket. Awesome!

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