I’m going the the Comic Art Museum in San Francisco tonight for a reception:
Small Press Spotlight
Featuring: Gene Yang
February 11 - May 7, 2006
Beginning on February 11, 2006, the Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Small Press Spotlight will feature the art of Gene Yang.
Gene Yang was born in 1973 in Alameda, California. He began drawing comics in the fifth grade. In 1997, Gene received the Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work as an adult.
In 2004, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks and its sequel, Loyola Chin and the San Peligran Order, were published as graphic novels by Slave Labor Graphics/Amaze Ink. Gene’s other published work includes The Rosary Comic Book, a comics adaptation of the popular Roman Catholic prayer, and Duncan’s Kingdom, a two-issue fantasy series illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim. Gene was a featured artist at APAture 2003, an Asian-American arts festival in San Francisco.
This exhibition features art and story from American Born Chinese, Gene’s latest and most ambitious work. American Born Chinese reflects on the Chinese-American experience through three distinct narratives. The first retells the legend of the Monkey King, folk hero of ancient China; the second is a Chinese-American coming-of-age tale; and the third is a sitcom starring Cousin Chin-Kee, the ultimate embodiment of Asian stereotypes. American Born Chinese will be released in the fall of 2006 as a 215-page graphic novel by First Second Books, with colors by Lark Pien.
In addition to cartooning, Gene teaches Computer Science at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California. He has given presentations across the country on the topic of Comics in Education. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his lovely wife Theresa and son Kolbe.
About the Small Press Spotlight:
San Francisco has been a hotbed of innovative, groundbreaking comic art since the late 1800s with the advent of the modern comic strip. In the1960s, the Bay Area gained further notoriety when cartoonists like Robert Crumb, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson and Trina Robbins launched the underground comix movement from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Today, some of the biggest names in alternative and small-press comics hail from the Bay Area, and the Cartoon Art Museum’s Small Press Spotlight will focus on these talented individuals.
The Small Press Spotlight is funded in part by The Zellerbach Family Foundation and The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.
You can take a look at the first few pages of American Born Chinese online (registration required for the full book).