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Gene Yang on The Shadow Warrior, Diverse Books and Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift

Gene Yang on The Shadow Warrior, Diverse Books and Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift

  Gene Luen Yang was nominated for an Eisner for his recent work on Boxers and Saints at First Second Books. The two companion graphic novels focus on the story of the Boxer Rebellion: One from a Chinese fighter who has joined the Boxers in order to preserve his way of life and the other from the vantage of a Chinese Christian affected by the conflict. Gene’s previous work has been pro...
Avatar: The Last Airbender  – The Search ties up a loose end and raises an interesting question

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search ties up a loose end and raises an interesting question

Warning: This review contains major spoilers for the Avatar: The Last Airbender series and massive spoilers for The Search. If you have yet to read all three issues of The Search by Gene Yang, keep reading at your own risk. When the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender came to an end in 2007, fans were left with a tantalizing cliffhanger–what happened to Prince Zuko’s mother...
Diaspora, Immigration and Identity in “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

Diaspora, Immigration and Identity in “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

As a diasporic woman of color, there are several themes in “Avatar: the Last Airbender” that resonate strongly with me, leading me to consider how the story and its characters affirm immigrant and diasporic experiences–in other words, the inevitable upheavals of imperialism and the kinds of resilience and strength it takes to survive that. After several rewatches, I decided to write a br...
Adam WarRock debuts his “Avatar: The Last Airbender” themed EP!

Adam WarRock debuts his “Avatar: The Last Airbender” themed EP!

Eugene Ahn is an Asian American lawyer-turned-hip-hop artist. Since he quit his job in 2010, he’s released a ton of free geeky music online using the moniker Adam WarRock.  Today he is launching his newest EP, Sozin’s Comet, based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series! Secret tunnels, Sokka styles, and yip yips for everyone! image: the cover to the Sozin’s Comet...
“The Promise” Ends and “The Search” Begins!

“The Promise” Ends and “The Search” Begins!

This year, Dark Horse Comics began publishing a new series of Avatar: The Last Airbender sequel comics, The Promise, written by Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) and illustrated by Gurihiru. Racebending.com was given the opportunity to preview the entire series. Here is our review and commentary. (NOTE: Our review does not contain major spoilers from part 3, but does contain info that might b...
The Legend of Korra Airdate Announced: April 14th!

The Legend of Korra Airdate Announced: April 14th!

After months of anticipation and a recent flurry of viral marketing, Nickelodeon has finally announced the airdate for The Legend of Korra, the sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender! The new animated series will air on April 14th at 11am on Nickelodeon. From the official press release: The Legend of Korra, in which the mythology of the beloved animated franchise from Avatar: The Last Air...
Interview with Gene Yang, author of A:TLA – The Promise

Interview with Gene Yang, author of A:TLA – The Promise

Earlier this month, Dark Horse Comics announced Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise Part 1, a sequel to the original series and a bridge to the new series, Legend of Korra. This graphic novel will be written by award-winning Asian American writer Gene Luen Yang (with A:TLA creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko) and illustrated by Gurihiru Studios. Avatar: The Last Airben...
“The Promise”: Aang and friends return in new comic book

“The Promise”: Aang and friends return in new comic book

Avatar: The Last Airbender (The Art of the Animated Series) publishers Dark Horse are set to bring Aang and the gang back with a new comic book series. They're back! Previously, creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have mentioned the comic book as a way for them to tie up loose threads left over from the end of the cartoon series. Fans have long wanted to know the fate of Zuko’...
“Legend of Korra” Panel at ComicCon 2011

“Legend of Korra” Panel at ComicCon 2011

Saturday, July 23rd was Avatar Day for fans at ComicCon 2011. Hot off the heels of a morning signing and a packed fan panel, The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra panel commenced at 4:00pm. Held in a room that could seat 2,000 people, the room filled up an hour before the panel started and eventually stragglers had to stand in the back. Fans waited anywhere from five hours to at least one hour ju...
Fans Attend “Legend of Korra” ComicCon Signing

Fans Attend “Legend of Korra” ComicCon Signing

Bright and early (for a Saturday), on July 23rd, the doors opened to the ComicCon convention floor public. As a throng of people quickly poured onto the floor, fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender converged on the Nickelodeon booth for the Legend of Korra signing. The designated line area quickly filled up as a stream of fans wrapped around the Nickelodeon booth. Fans meet Joaquim Dos Santos, Ry...
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