Gene Luen Yang: Asian Americans and Comics

Gene Luen Yang self-portrait

June 10, 2016
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater
1871 N. High Street
Columbus Ohio 43210

5:30-7:00 pm
Join us before the presentation for the opening reception of Good Grief!: Children and Comics and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream at the Cartoon Library & Museum’s Will Eisner Seminar Room. Light refreshments will be served.

7:00 pm
Gene Luen Yang: “Asian Americans and Comics” at Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

Asian Americans represent one of the largest demographics working in U.S. comic book industry today.  How did Asian Americans come to be so involved in this medium, and what does their work as writers, artists, editors, and publishers mean for the industry?  Award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang will explore these issues by discussing the historical portrayals of Asians and Asian Americans in American comics, commonalities between modern comics and traditional Asian art, prominent Asian American cartoonists, and how being an Asian American has shaped his own work in comics.

A book signing will follow the event.

Yang is the creator of American Born Chinese (2006), Boxers and Saints (2013), and Secret Coders (2015), among many other works, and was appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress in January.

The events are free and open to the public.

Cosponsored by the Department of Teaching and Learning (English), Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & MusuemWexner Center for the Arts, and Popular Culture Studies (English) in conjunction with the Children’s Literature Association’s National Conference taking place June 9-11 and the Cartoon Library & Museum’s exhibition Good Grief!:  Children and Comics, opening June 10.