In 2009, the Asian American ComiCon was held in New York City, bringing together Asian indie and mainstream comics creators for a historic gathering to celebrate the unique and flourishing graphic storytelling of our community. Now, eight years later, AACC is hosting its second event: a Summit on Art, Action and the Future. In a time where diversity and creativity are both under attack, the Summit will feature diverse creators talking about where we’re going next.
The team behind the groundbreaking Asian American superhero anthologies Secret Identities and Shattered, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, have issued a Call for Submissions for New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei, an original graphic novel anthology that will serve as a companion volume to JANM’s historic exhibition of the same name (running through August 2017), which showcases Takei’s life and the cultural landscapes through which he has traveled. The anthology’s target publication date is July 2017.
Diverse creators with stories to share that speak to the themes and issues Takei has confronted in his life are encouraged to pitch them at the Submissions Form located at here before the pitch deadline of April 24, 2017. Relevant issues include, but are not limited to: unlawful incarceration, status as an “illegal” alien and the push for LGBTQ equality and civil rights for all, yellowface, whitewashing, media stereotypes, and the rise of digital culture and social media.
A little over two weeks ago, I had the honor of leading a comics workshop with my SIUniverse partner Jerry Ma at the world renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Part of their annual Lunar New Year festival, Jerry and I helped small children and their families use inspiration from the museum’s rooms of Asian art to create their own superhero characters.
The countdown begins, and I’m super excited to announce the guests I’ll be having at my booth for New York Comic-Con this weekend!
It’s always a pleasure and honor for me getting friends to come do some signings, but this year just seems to have some more excitement for me.
Last night, the SIUniverse family was rocked when we learned we had lost one of our own. Francis Tsai, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2010, passed away after a long battle with the disease — just one week after celebrating his 46th birthday. In 2009, Francis became part of the SIUniverse by illustrating the story “Taking Back Troy” in the first Secret Identities volume. Though ALS slowly took away his ability to draw with his hands, he never let the disease stop him from creating art. First, he trained himself to draw using his feet, and when that was taken from him, he pioneered special technology using his eyes to create art.
A few weeks back, I had the honor to attend the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU’s presentation of Making It Up As I Go Along, a documentary about the legendary G.I. Joe creator Larry Hama. After the screening, I was also able to have a one-on-one conversation with Larry and fielded some questions from the audience in attendance.
If you were unable to be at the screening, the APA Institute has posted the whole thing online, and you can see it for yourself after the jump!
Chee and T is the newest film by my homie Tanuj Chopra (Punching at the Sun, Nice Girls Crew) and is currently being funded on Indiegogo. With a little less than two weeks left in the campaign, his crew has pulled out all the stops to reach their $75,000 goal. Right now, the project is about 65% of the way there, but they need one last push to get it over the top.
So what better way to raise awareness for their movie than getting a bunch of classic G.I. Joe action figures and reenacting the movie?
Fun Size Horror is a horror film collective that has come together to create 31 films that celebrate Halloween! This unique carnival of terror kicks off today and will last until the last trick-or-treater. You can find all of the terrifying shorts distributed across DreadCentral, BloodyDisgusting, ShockTilYouDrop, Collider and HitFix, all week!
One of the included short films, Sleeper, was directed by my good friend Michael Velasquez. Fortunatley, I was able to convince Michael to answer a few questions about his short, as well as some of the things that keep him up at night.
On Wednesday, October 22, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU is presenting Making It Up As I Go Along, a documentary by The Spitting Image. The film reveals the creative process of a man who has become a legend, beloved by throngs of comic book readers worldwide — cartoonist, musician, and G.I. Joe creator Larry Hama. Following the screening, Hama speaks with Keith Chow, founder and editor of The Nerds of Color and co-editor of the groundbreaking Asian American comic anthologies Secret Identities and Shattered.
Items from the A/P/A Institute-produced traveling exhibition, MARVELS & MONSTERS Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 will be for sale in a silent auction to support the institute’s collections building initiatives. MARVELS & MONSTERS was curated using images from the William F. Wu Comics Collection, the world’s largest collection of American comic books featuring images of Asians and is housed at the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections.
Its that time of year again! One of my favorite times of the year!
Once again I’ll be at New York Comic-Con at the Javits Center at Booth 2010. The same location as last year and the same size booth! Meaning, its another 10×20 corner booth. Which might not mean a lot to most people, but this is a BIG deal for me.
And I have some really cool news too!
My good friend Bernard Chang will be joining me at the booth the entire con!