#SDCC ’16 First Second’s Gene Luen Yang: The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Gene Luen Yang: National Ambassador for Young People's Literature at SDCC '16

By: Nicholas Eskey As one of the most influential graphic novel publishers in the United States, First Second is proud to celebrate 2016 as their their 10-year anniversary. Known for publishing noteworthy stories that also spark conversations, the publisher also does well with making strong connections with their writers and artists. One such writer is […]

New Superman’s New Name and Cover, Plus changes to DC Creative Teams before Rebirth

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DC is busy as a bee in the final weeks leading up to the publisher’s brand new line-wide reboot initiative dubbed as Rebirth. Writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) made his debut at DC with Superman, while the writer is departing Clark Kent’s series, he is staying in the Superman Universe with a brand […]

INTERVIEW: Gene Luen Yang on Being Named National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

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The author of American Born Chinese sits down to talk with us about his new role as the first comics alumnus to hold the prestigious position of ambassador of young people’s literature.

Interview: Cracking Secret Coders, Balancing Education and Entertainment, and What’s Next for Eisner Winner Gene Luen Yang

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Gene Luen Yang, multiple Eisner winner and National Book Award finalist, has released his latest work for younger readers, a collaboration with Adventure Time artist Mike Holmes entitled Secret Coders. This exciting new volume from First Second, the home of Yang’s award-winning American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero, centers on a young […]

What is the Secret of Gene Luen Yang’s Superman?

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Of all the comics projects announced this far from DC after Convergence, the one that arguably has fans the most excited is Superman from author Gene Luen Yang. The indie cartoonist will likely bring a different vibe to DC’s flagship character that will be focused on some of the ideas reflected in his own works like […]

First ever McDuffie Award for Diversity finalists are announced

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The finalists for the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award have just been announced (disclosure: I am honored to have been one of the judges) and they are: Hex11 by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics) M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel) The Shadow […]

DC announces new “inclusive and accessible” line-up in June with 24 new titles

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It’s the new 49—or the end of the New 52. DC has just unrolled their June line-up, a slate of 24 new titles, along with 25 returning ones, which, they promise, will show the new face of comics. This summer, DC Entertainment launches a bold new direction for the DC Universe (DCU) that is even […]