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Mitali Perkins and Gene Yang on Race and Humor

Mitali Perkins and Gene Yang on Race and Humor

Mitali Perkins is an author and educator. Her books are primarily focused on young readers. Her works include Monsoon Summer, Rickshaw Girl, Bamboo People, and Secret Keeper.  Mitali Perkins is the editor and one of the ten contributors to Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices. The ten authors She brought together for open mic were herself Gene Yang, David Yoo, Cherry Cheva,G. N...
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...
“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...
Our Early Review of Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise Part 1!

Our Early Review of Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise Part 1!

Over the holidays, Dark Horse sent us a review copy of the first sequel comic to Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Promise – Part 1, written by Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) and illustrated by Gurihiru. (Our review does not contain major spoilers, but does contain info that might be considered minor spoilers, including information from Dark Horse’s currently posted preview pages.) A...
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’...
The Last Airbender – A Timeline of the Protest

The Last Airbender – A Timeline of the Protest

2002 to mid-2008: Origin of the Animated Series August 2008: Casting Heroes: “Caucasian or Any Other Ethnicity” December 2008: The Protest Gets Organized January 2009: Extras and Villains Wanted, Seeking Actors of Color February 2009: Advocacy Groups Become Involved Summer 2009: Former A:TLA staff members speak out! Fall 2009: Paramount’s film The Goods Outrages the Asian Americ...

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