Gene Luen Yang Fights for Free Expression

Tuesday, May 12th, Gene Luen Yang’s much anticipated Superman Smashes the Klan graphic novel hit digital shelves, and CBLDF introduced a new discussion guide focused on this important story. Don’t forget to check out all of the amazing resources Gene has provided to help CBLDF, whether it’s signed copies of Dragon Hoops, his recent chat with fellow creator of banned comics Mariko Tamaki, or any of the cool education guides for his comics.

Get signed copies of Dragon Hoops today

In his latest graphic novel, Dragon HoopsNew York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches.

Mariko Tamaki & Gene Luen Yang Talk Comics, Creativity, & Identity Censorship

Resources for Teachers

Using Graphic Novels in Education: Boxers & Saints

Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints revisits the Chinese Boxer Rebellion (1899-1900), sensitively and evenhandedly relating Chinese peasants’ perspectives from each side of the conflict. Boxerstells the story of the illiterate peasants tired of being hungry, tired of failing farms, and tired of Chinese Christian ruffians who would steal, cheat, and beat them while under Western protection. Saints tells the story of a peasant girl, who is shunned by her family but finds compassion and belonging with Christian converts. Read the full post

Using Graphic Novels in Education: American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese is a 2006 National Book Award Honor Book for Young People’s literature, the 2007 winner of the Michael L. Printz Award honoring literary excellence in Young Adult literature, the winner of the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album, and a 2007 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year. In this work, creator Gene LuenYang skillfully weaves three seemingly independent stories of Chinese folklore, a teenager’s need to fit in, and adolescents’ balancing of their Chinese American heritage. Read the full post

Get Ready for Superman Smashes the Klan

Watch these short videos to understand more about why this story in important to Gene and to many others. Don’t forget to virtually stop by your favorite LCS (or find one here) to pick up the new graphic novel.

Superman Smashes the Klan comes out May 12! It retells one of the most important stories from the Superman mythos! Story by me, art by the amazing @gurihiru, lettered by the legendary Janice Chiang! #superman #dccomics @dckids

Posted by Gene Luen Yang on Thursday, May 7, 2020

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