gene luen yang signing at grsf

Hey, San Francisco! Giant Robot will be hosting a reception and book signing this week with graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, celebrating the release of his latest book Prime Baby. It's happening Thursday, June 10 at GRSF. Here's some more info:
Giant Robot San Francisco: Gene Luen Yang at GRSF

Thursday, June 10, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Giant Robot San Francisco
618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA

Giant Robot is proud to host a reception and book signing with comic book artist Gene Luen Yang to celebrate the release of his new publication, Prime Baby.

Although the disarmingly cute strip, which was first serialized in the New York Times Magazine, is about children, the themes and plot are as dark as can be. At first, the sanity of its young narrator, Thaddeus K. Fong, is put in question when he questions his newborn sister’s humanity. Is she really an alien? Is he merely spiteful or a true genius? Either way, his power of manipulation is equally effective with his yuppie parents, babbling sibling, and altruistic alien missionaries–everyone except for his classmates, who hate him. According to Yang, "Math nerds, new parents, and really evil third graders ought to get a kick out of this one."

Gene Luen Yang began publishing comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996. In 1997, he received the Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. In 2006, he wrote and drew American Born Chinese, which won an Eisner Award and the American Library Association's Printz Award, and was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award. The Eternal Smile, a 2009 collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim, has been nominated for an Eisner as well. In April 2010, he had two graphic novels released: Animal Crackers and Prime Baby.
I'm a huge fan of Gene's work. American Born Chinese is one of my favorite books. Ever. And not only is a he gifted storyteller, he's a really cool, great guy. For more information about the signing, go to the Giant Robot San Francisco website here.

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