Gene Yang is a cartoonist and frequent lecturer on the subjects of graphic novels & comics at comic book conventions and universities, schools, and libraries.
Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang ( talks about teaching, winning awards, developing his talents, creating stories for New-Superman and Shang-Chi, and more! 0:00 SEGMENT 1: Gene Luen Yang talks about selling his comics to his classmates in 5th grade, how “DC Comics Presents #57” started his obsession with comics, writing for the Shang-Chi miniseries, winning a Harvey Award for “Superman Smashes the Klan”, Chinese-American representation in comics, and working on “New-Superman”. 14:24 SEGMENT 2: Gene Luen Yang talks about which comic book character he would like to take on next, loving DC’s Fourth World characters and Marvel’s Frogman, being a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Program, and teaching high-school for 17 years. 22:43 SEGMENT 3: Gene Luen Yang talks about winning 2 Harvey Awards in 2020, creating a support system by meeting fellow artists at conventions and going to Art Night in the Bay Area, labeling himself as a cartoonist instead of an artist or writer, and which creators are his biggest inspirations. 31:10 SEGMENT 4: Gene Luen Yang talks about which of his works is his favorite, Shang-Chi fighting different Marvel characters in each issue of his new series, his involvement in the Shang-Chi movie, and seeking out specific artists and writers for his projects. 40:03 SEGMENT 5: Gene Luen Yang talks about creating new books with First Second Books and shares his plans for future conventions. Thanks to our sponsors Marcus Theatres ( and Historic St. Charles, Missouri (! Amazon Affiliate Link - Buy Me a Coffee - Patreon - Website - Podcast - YouTube - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Producer - Joseph Vosevich --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Support this podcast:
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Gene Luen Yang has written a lot of critically acclaimed graphic novels: American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, The Shadow Hero, and the graphic novel series Secret Coders. Four years ago, he won a MacArthur "genius" grant. He also works at DC Comics, home to Superman, among others. He's got two new books out now. Superman Smashes the Klan pits America's favorite superhero against the KKK. The other book, Dragon Hoops is a memoir about his time as a high school teacher in Oakland, following his school's basketball team. Jordan Morris, in for Jess, geeks out with Gene about Marvel superheroes, DC Comics, and attending comic conventions. They'll also talk at length about the decision to pit Superman against the KKK and how Superman's story mirrors the experience of immigrants in the US.
Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang joins Off Panel to chat about his work and his upcoming graphic novel, Dragon Hoops. Yang discusses what made him fall in love with comics, his love of telling stories, the development of Dragon Hoops, whether he resisted making a basketball book considering his (previous) distaste of the sport, telling a story set in the real world, the secret identities of athletes, figuring out the structure of the book, the inclusion of basketball history, handling real people in real time, how his relationship with basketball changed, what he learned about himself and storytelling over the experience, and more.
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Aug 9th, 1973
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5 hours, 56 minutes
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