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Sound and Fury Podcast Episode 13: Gene Luen Yang

Greetings, podcast listeners! We've got the latest episode of the Sound and Fury Podcast, and it's a good one. My guest this time around is award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints. I've wanted to have Gene on the show since I first started the podcast, so this was a real treat. We had a really fun, nerdy time talking about comic books.

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All right, so gather 'round, geeks. Here's my conversation with Gene Luen Yang:


Boxers & Saints is a finalist for the National Book Award

Gene Luen Yang is the first author to be nominated twice for a graphic novel.

HUGE congratulations to our friend Gene Luen Yang, whose marvelous graphic novel Boxers & Saints has been nominated for the prestigious National Book Award. The finalists for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature were announced this morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe, and Gene made the cut!


The Avengers re-imagined as Chinese opera heroes

Awesome art by Gene Luen Yang

Just have to share this awesome art that I got in the mail the other day... These are the Mighty Avengers -- Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor -- re-imagined as Chinese opera heroes. It's the work of graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, whose latest book Boxers & Saints was recently long-listed for the National Book Award.

Pretty darn cool. I'm hanging it up on my wall! Want one? If you're in the Austin, Texas area, Austin Books & Comics has exclusive, limited-edition prints of Gene's Chinese Opera Avengers drawing for $20. You can also order it from the Guzu Gallery Official Online Store.

Here's a closer look at the characters:


Boxers & Saints makes the National Book Awards Longlist

Gene Luen Yang is the first graphic novelist to be nominated twice for the prestigious award.

Awesommmmme! I've already told you how much I love Gene Luen Yang's latest graphic novel Boxers & Saints. It seems that the good people at the National Book Foundation like it too. The epic, two-volume book has made the prestigious 2013 National Book Award Longlist for Young People's Literature.

Boxers & Saints is the only graphic novel to make the list. Gene previously nominated back in 2006 for American Born Chinese, the first graphic novel ever to be a finalist for the National Book Awards. And now Gene is the first graphic novelist to be nominated twice. Double awesome.

Boxers & Saints is a powerful, brilliant work of historical fiction set during China's bloody Boxer Rebellion, told in two parallel stories from opposite sides of the conflict. It balances action, humor and spirituality in a masterful way that has really become Gene Luen Yang's trademark. The longlist recognition is well deserved.

The National Book Foundation will reveal the award finalists on October 16. If you haven't read Boxers & Saints yet, you gotta get on it now. Congratulations, Gene! For further information, check out his website.

More here: 2013 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS: 'Boxers & Saints' graphic novelist Gene Yang calls long-list honor 'mind-blowing'


Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang's epic two-volume graphic novel tells the story of China's Boxer Rebellion.

All right, folks. I gave you the heads up. Now it is time to get your hands on Gene Luen Yang's epic, two-volume graphic novel Boxers and Saints, which hits shelves today. I'm a huge fan of Gene's past books, including the award-winning American Born Chinese, and this is easily his most ambitious, most groundbreaking work yet. I can't recommend it enough.

Boxers & Saints is the story of China's bloody Boxer Rebellion, told in parallel tales about young people -- Vibiana, a Christian convert, and Little Bao, a young man who joins the Boxer Rebellion -- caught up on opposite sides of the conflict. Here's an awesome trailer that gives you a feel for the graphic novel:


Meet Gene Luen Yang on the Boxers & Saints Book Tour

Boxers & Saints hits shelves on September 10.

Boxers & Saints, the new work from award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, hits shelves next week. Presented in dual volumes, it's a historic epic that tells the story of China's Boxer Rebellion from both sides of the conflict. It's a bold, ambitious and magnificent feat of storytelling, and I can't wait for you to read it.

To celebrate the release of Boxers & Saints, Gene is doing a bunch of events all over the country. Check the book tour schedule above to see if he's rolling through your town, and go check him out. And pre-order Boxers & Saints, because it's awesome. For further information, check Gene's official website.


Watch the trailer for Gene Luen Yang's Boxers & Saints

The other day, I received a sampler of Boxers & Saints, the upcoming new project from award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang. The book is a story of China's Boxer Rebellion, told in two volumes and told from the parallel perspectives of two characters on opposite sides of the conflict. Here's a cool animated trailer for Boxers & Saints:


Preview Gene Luen Yang's new project Boxers & Saints

This. Is. Awesome. has posted a exclusive 10-page preview and interview with award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang on his latest project Boxers & Saints. It's a two-volume historical fiction piece about the Boxer Rebellion. The first volume takes the Boxers' perspective, while the second takes the perspective of their Chinese Christian victms. Just judging from these pages, it looks fantastic.

Gene, who grew up in a Chinese Catholic community, says he first became interested in the Boxer Rebellion in 2000, when the Roman Catholic Church first canonized 87 Chinese Catholics:

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