Join New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang and moderator Thien Pham (Sumo) for a live Q&A as they discuss Gene’s hit graphic novels Dragon Hoops from First Second and Superman Smashes the Klan from DC Comics. Both books are available for purchase with signed bookplates.
Watch the live Q&A free on New York Comic Con’s YouTube Channel on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 PM EST / October 23 at 12:00 AM BST. No registration or purchase is required to watch.
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Both books won 2020 Harvey Awards; Dragon Hoops for Book of the Year, and Superman Smashes the Klan for Best Children or Young Adult Book. Watch the full 2020 Harvey Awards Ceremony here.
Purchase Dragon Hoops and Superman Smashes the Klan, with signed bookplates by Gene Luen Yang below. Shipping is available to the domestic United States and internationally.
Dragon Hoops (First Second)
In his latest graphic novel, Dragon Hoops, New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches.
Gene understands stories--comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins.
But Gene doesn't get sports. As a kid, his friends called him "Stick" and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it's all anyone can talk about. The men's varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that's been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships.
Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he's seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn't know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons's lives, but his own life as well.
Includes Dragon Hoops (First Second) with Gene Luen Yang signed bookplate.
Superman Smashes the Klan (DC Comics)
The year is 1946. Teenagers Roberta and Tommy Lee just moved with their parents from Chinatown to the center of Metropolis, home to the famous hero, Superman. Tommy makes friends quickly, while Roberta pines for home. Then one night, the family awakens to find their house surrounded by the Klan of the Fiery Kross. Superman leaps into action, but his exposure to a mysterious green rock has left him weak. Can Roberta and Tommy help him smash the Klan?
Includes Superman Smashes the Clan (DC Comics) with Gene Luen Yang signed Superman bookplate sticker.
About Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang is a cartoonist, teacher, and author “whose work for young adults demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people”.
Previous works from Gene include the Eisner award winning American-Born Chinese, National Book Award winning Boxers & Saints, Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman. Gene currently teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.