Gene Luen Yang to present “Asian Americans and Comics” on June 10

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, in partnership with the Wexner Center for the Arts, will host award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang on Friday, June 10.  Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is the author of the award-winning graphic novels American Born Chinese and Boxers and Saints.
The opening reception of Good Grief!: Children and Comics will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Cartoon Library & Museum’s Will Eisner Seminar Room. Light refreshments will be served. At 7:00 p.m, Yang will present “Asian Americans and Comics” in the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater. A book signing will follow the event, which is free and open to the public. For further information, visit the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum website.
Abstract: Asian Americans represent one of the largest demographics working in U.S. comic book industry today.   How did Asian Americans come to be so involved in this medium, and what does their work as writers, artists, editors, and publishers mean for the industry?  Award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang will explore these issues by discussing the historical portrayals of Asians and Asian Americans in American comics, commonalities between modern comics and traditional Asian art, prominent Asian American cartoonists, and how being an Asian American has shaped his own work in comics.
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