8 Bitten Turtle

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 21, 2014 by sonnyliew

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Oh my! The Mighty Thien Pham has created a Shadow Hero video game!

Plays on flash, no idea if it works on all platforms :p

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Meanwhile over an Muddy Colors, the incredible Greg Ruth‘s incredible take on the Green Turtle!

 

A Buncha Reviews

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2014 by sonnyliew

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The Shadow Hero gets more reviews!

Cory Doctorow at Boingboing says it’s “is a terrific story, full of the kinds of timeless dilemmas about responsibility, power, and duty that makes the superhero motif so enduring.

Rich Barret at Mental Floss lists it as one of the Most Interesting Comics of the week, and suggests it’s “probably the best superhero comic you will read this year.

Noah Berlatsky (The Hooded Utilitarian) at Salon writes that The Shadow Hero confronts its themes “with humor, insight and intelligence.

Harper Harris at Geekrex has been reviewing in the single issue releases and finds  “the Green Turtle to be my favorite new superhero in years. It’s wonderful to see these kinds of stories come out, and between Yang’s tight, clever scripting and Liew’s dynamic layouts and style, this one comes with very high recommendations!”

And Samantha Roehrig says “[t]his graphic novel is insanely powerful. The weaving of stories is creative and unique” over at Comics Bastards.

Last but surely not least: The Green Turtle pinup above is drawn by Dan (The Man!) Santat! And the one below by Steve “Whiteout” Lieber!

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not quite like anything I’ve read before, but it adds much to the landscape of Asian superheroes and has elevated the Green Turtle to be my favorite new superhero in years. It’s wonderful to see these kinds of stories come out, and between Yang’s tight, clever scripting and Liew’s dynamic layouts and style, this one comes with very high recommendations! – See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/comics-spotlight-review-shadow-hero.html#sthash.JVDyyqHk.dpuf
not quite like anything I’ve read before, but it adds much to the landscape of Asian superheroes and has elevated the Green Turtle to be my favorite new superhero in years. It’s wonderful to see these kinds of stories come out, and between Yang’s tight, clever scripting and Liew’s dynamic layouts and style, this one comes with very high recommendations! – See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/comics-spotlight-review-shadow-hero.html#sthash.JVDyyqHk.dpuf
not quite like anything I’ve read before, but it adds much to the landscape of Asian superheroes and has elevated the Green Turtle to be my favorite new superhero in years. It’s wonderful to see these kinds of stories come out, and between Yang’s tight, clever scripting and Liew’s dynamic layouts and style, this one comes with very high recommendations! – See more at: http://www.geekrex.com/2014/07/comics-spotlight-review-shadow-hero.html#sthash.JVDyyqHk.dpuf

The Shadow Hero is Go!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 15, 2014 by sonnyliew

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The Shadow Hero is officially out today!

It’s on Amazon‘s Best Comics/Graphic Novel of the Month list as well as the  Best Young Adult Book of the Month one :)

Catch Gene on NPR’s Morning Edition next Tuesday, 7/15!

Here’s a piece on NPR’s Code Switch  meanwhile : Was The Green Turtle The First Asian-American Superhero?

How to Draw an Asian

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2014 by sonnyliew

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It’s July 15 here in Singapore, but not quite yet in the USA, so the Shadow Hero is not quite out yet, but just hours away!

In the meanwhile here’s a piece for Diversity in YA, about drawing Asian characters in comics :p

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Cartooning often relies on visual shorthands and exaggerations, so it’s a easy slide into racist caricatures, even if the intention might be to  make identification easier. Not always an easy line to thread, but awareness of the issue is probably the first step towards any sort of solution.

Anyway, more reviews if the Shadow Hero below!

It’s one of Publisher Weekly‘s Books of the Week!

Estella says it’s “a great mix of humor… and weighty issues.

Jodi Scarfe at Fanboy Comics calls it an “exceptional series“!

And here’s Zack Smith chatting with Gene on Newasrama! :)

 

 

 

 

These Are The Clumsy Cats We’re Looking For

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 14, 2014 by sonnyliew

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And then there’s Jeffrey Browns rendition of the Shadow Hero. I was heartbroken by his book about relationships in Clumsy, tickled by his cartoons about Cats, and glad to see him finding real success with his Star Wars books! :)

Superstar!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 14, 2014 by sonnyliew

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Here’s James Kochalka Superstar‘s pinup of  the Shadow Hero!

Malinky Robot vs Shadow Hero

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 13, 2014 by sonnyliew

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MK Reed‘s pinup for Shadow Hero! Featuring Atari and Oliver! :p

The Malinky Robot she speaks of here was a  copy of an early version of “Stinky Fish Blues“, xeroxed and stapled at Kinkos. I think there were maybe 30 copies made, most of them sold at a comic store in Boston thanks to the support of Erin Scott. Erin’s enthusiasm for the comic gave me the chutzpah to apply for a Xeric grant, and it very exciting when the book did get some moolah. This may have led to participation in the Flight series, though I can’t be sure :p

Hope to get hold of some of MK’s books soonest! :)

 

 

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