Update Posted by Jonathan Liu, Designer
Meet the Artist: Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang is a writer and cartoonist whose comic books often (but not always) deal with Asian American identity. He's won a couple of Eisner Awards and has both illustrated his own comics and written comics illustrated by other artists. Later this year he's publishing a two-part work called Boxers & Saints which looks at the Boxer Rebellion from both sides: the protagonists in one book end up being the antagonists in the other. I thought that was a fascinating way to tell a story, one that offers multiple perspectives and interpretations of a common experience.
Gene's illustrations are more stylized and the bold lines and graphic qualities are almost iconic, which makes them great for a board game. Gene also has fun putting his own spin on iconic characters, as you can see from these Chinese opera versions of Captain American and Iron Man.
One comic that Gene wrote (but didn't illustrate) that really struck a chord with me was The Eternal Smile, a collection of three interconnected stories illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim. The third one, "Urgent Request," is about a young woman named Janet who strikes up a romance with a Nigerian prince over the internet. While it seems at first that it's going to be some sort of cautionary tale about internet scams. Gene manages to make into something so much more, a hearfelt story about the power of make believe.
For more about Gene, you can visit his website GeneYang.com.