Must-Watch Speech: Why Creators Mustn't Fear Writing Diverse Characters

Fear can be a healthy thing for a creator. Fear can drive writers and artists to strive to be their best, but as cartoonist and writer Gene Luen Yang points out in this thoughtful speech, it can sometimes prevent creators from writing characters with different backgrounds—and that's a shame. » 9/05/14 11:23am 9/05/14 11:23am

Gene Yang Gives Comics' First Asian American Superhero A Superb Origin

Superheroes may be the dominant subject for comics, but when Gene Luen Yang, creator of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and other remarkable comics, sets his writing talents to the genre, it becomes something fresh. In The Shadow Hero, Yang takes the first Asian American superhero in comics and writes him a… » 7/16/14 3:20pm 7/16/14 3:20pm

The Trailer For Gene Yang's Shadow Hero Is The New Superhero Hotness

Gene Yang blew our minds with American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints — not to mention the Avatar: The Last Airbender comic. So we're thrilled to be able to premiere the book trailer for his new graphic novel The Shadow Hero, exclusively at io9. It's the origin story of an Asian American superhero from the 1930s. » 7/09/14 11:26am 7/09/14 11:26am