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    by Published on 02-19-2014 06:00 AM
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    Image of The Sun Brothers, Brad and Wesley, of Sun Bros. Studios.

    The Sun Brothers, Brad and Wesley Sun, of the Chicago-based Sun Bros Studios have created their own graphic novels and comics. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to fund their first graphic novel "Chinatown" they have followed-up in 2013 with "Apocalypse Man," their interpretation of a zombie horror survival story. In 2014 they are setting the stage with a follow-up Kickstarter campaign for their new graphic novel "Monkey Fist" in 2014, which is inspired by the classic Monkey King story.

    In this A-Profiler video interview, we discuss how Sun Bros Studios got started, why they chose Kickstarter as their funding platform, how they approach the creative process for their stories, and tips on how other graphic novelists can successfully fund their own Kickstarter projects.
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    by Published on 09-28-2013 07:36 AM
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    Gene Luen Yang's Boxers & Saints are companion books telling two stories from opposite viewpoints. The stories are told through two characters, Little Bao and Four-Girl, based on the historical and violent Boxer Rebellion movement in China that started in the late 1800's in which pro-nationalists tried to rid China of foreigners and Christian missionaries. Boxers tells of the pro-nationalist point of view while Saints tells of the Chinese Christian point of view. Although each book is sold separately, they are intended to be companion pieces to each other, even so far as to have covers which can be matched together to form one larger cover.


    Boxers starts off peaceful with the introduction of our main character, Little Bao. He sees a girl in the passing distance, who becomes the centerpiece of the story in the Saints novel. Little Bao's world is shaken up after a Christian ...
    by Published on 01-30-2013 09:18 AM
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    A preview of Gene Yang's upcoming graphic novel, "Boxers and Saints," is previewed on Wired along with an interview. Check it out at http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/...raphic-novels/ ...
    by Published on 05-06-2012 11:35 AM
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    Jeremy Lin: The Reason for the Linsanity

    The date was Saturday, February 4, 2012. The place was New York City, Madison Square Garden—the most hallowed basketball arena on Earth. What seemed like an innocuous appearance in an NBA game turned into one of the biggest moments in sports, and ignited an international frenzy that the world had never seen before.

    By now we all know the story of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, and the ensuing case of Linsanity that swept the globe—from the East Coast to the Far East in Asia.

    Well, at least we think we know the story.

    It’s hard to pinpoint exactly all the pertinent details to this magnificent tale. After all, there are many layers to the Jeremy Lin the person, the player and the phenomenon. Who exactly is Jeremy Lin? Where did he come from? More ...
    by Published on 09-13-2011 05:35 AM
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    Gene Luen Yang as the Monkey King

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Nelson Wong interviews teacher, comic book artist, and author Gene Luen Yang. Find out how how Yang got his start writing and drawing, how he became the writer for the new Avatar: The Last Airbender comic series, and why he doesn't tell his students about his cartooning any longer.

    When you were growing up, did you read a lot of comic books? As a youngster were you interested in writing stories and drawing? How did you get started with writing graphic novels?
    I started reading comics in the fifth grade. I've been reading ever since, except for a short break in junior high. A popular friend of mine told me to give up comics so I could get a girlfriend, so I did. Once I realized that reading comics wasn't the reason I couldn't get a girlfriend (it had more to do with my Asian Urkel looks), I started collecting again.

    I started drawing comics as an adult right after I graduated college. At that point, I thought to myself, "If I don't publish at least one comic before I die, I will die unfulfilled!" I've been making
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    by Published on 05-28-2011 04:30 PM
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    "Level Up" by Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham

    Gene Luen Yang's latest book, “Level Up,” published by First Second explores the topic of immigrant generation Asian parents' expectations vs. first generation Asian American youth in a whole new way – cleverly mixing together video games, gastroenterology (the study of the digestive system), and some cute little angels with some serious attitude.

    The book is structured in the vein of a video game. The player, Dennis Ouyang, is a teen who has shown an interest in video games since a very young age, only his parents never really allowed him to let video games get in the way of his studies to become a doctor. It isn't until Dennis' father dies suddenly that he buys a video game system and finds solace in video games, shunting away his studies at school. Leave it to 4 angels to enter Dennis' life and they encourage him to pursue his study of gastroenterology ...
    by Published on 03-26-2011 07:30 AM
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    "Fury of the Phoenix" by Cindy Pon

    We have a special interview with author Cindy Pon whose book Fury of the Phoenix is released on March 29, 2011. Find out more about this "pre-sequel" and also what Pon's project "Diversity in YA Fiction" is all about.

    Tell us about the new book, Fury of the Phoenix. How does it fit in with the story in the first book, Silver Phoenix?
    I wrote Silver Phoenix to stand alone, but knew after finishing the novel and many revisions that there definitely could be a sequel. I call Fury of the Phoenix a "pre-sequel". It ties two story lines together, one featuring Ai Ling and Chen Yong six months after the first novel ends, and the other three centuries earlier with Zhong Ye and Silver Phoenix.

    In Fury of the Phoenix we get to find out more about the antagonist. Did you always know you were going to write about Zhong Ye as a sort of follow-up? Was there a different approach you used for this story compared to the first?
    I didn't ...
    by Published on 02-24-2011 10:45 AM
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    Photo of Author Lisa Yee

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Nelson Wong interviews children's book author Lisa Yee. Find out how Yee got started writing novels for kids, if she made a conscious decision to have Asian Americans be central characters in some of her books, and how an obsession with putting marshmallow Peeps into a microwave turned into a great way to meet famous authors. Her latest book, Warp Speed is available in bookstores starting March 1, 2011.

    How did you get started writing children's books? What drew you to writing children's books?
    I'd been almost every sort of writer before penning novels for kids. I was a journalist, a television writer, copywriter, jingle writer, you name it! However, I had always wanted to write children's books. It wasn't until I was a mom that I realized, how could I tell my kids they should pursue their dreams, if I wasn't pursuing mine?

    Since I was working full time, I had to write late at night. I didn't have an agent when I first started, so I just sent something to Arthur Levine, the editor of the HARRY POTTER series. He pulled it out of the "slush
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