talking about comics

Boing Boing recently blogged about Good as Lily, a graphic novel by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm: Good As Lily -- ass-kicking girl-positive graphic novel for young readers
It tells the story of Grace Kwon, a young Korean-American girl who, on her 18th birthday, finds herself in the company of her six-year-old self, her 29-year-old self and her 70-year-old self, three women who become a part of her life as she finishes out her last semester of high school before going off to her freshman year at Stanford.
Okay, I know it's intended for young readers, but I've been wanting to check this book out for a while, as I am a huge fan of Derek Kirk Kim's award-winning graphic novel Same Difference & Other Stories. Great book.

NPR's The Bryant Park Project recently had a great feature on one of my favorite books of all time, Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese. The link includes an audio slideshow narrated by Gene Luen Yang, where he explains some of the ideas that went into his characters and the story: Growing Up Chinese American, Graphically. Very interesting stuff.

Another book I really want to pick up is Kaz Kibuishi's Amulet, s new all-ages fantasy adventure series. The first book, The Stonekeeper, was published last month. Here's an excerpt from Amulet published in New York Magazine: Exclusive Comics Excerpt: Amulet

Finally, here's an interview over at AsianAmericanFilm.com with Ann Marie Fleming, about the graphic novel adaptation of her award-winning animated documentary, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam. It tells the story of Fleming's great-grandfather, Long Tack Sam, China's greatest musician: Ann Marie Fleming on the "Long Tack Sam" graphic novel

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