This is the most amazing kid's comic I've read in a long time, and I'm not just saying that because the author is the colorist of American Born Chinese. The artwork - gorgeous brown brushstrokes paired with wistful, cloud-like watercolors - is absolutely stunning. And the stories! The stories have this slightly nonsensical charm that'll knock the grumpies right outta ya.
Yes, Lark is a dear friend. But even if she were my worst enemy, even if she had punched me in the face and stolen my lunch money every day of my life, I'd still have to give this book props. My first-grader boy can't get enough of the fold-out page!
Check it out!
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All sorts of things have happened in the world since I was last here, the most traumatic of which was, of course, the earthquake in Haiti. I'm sure that by now everyone knows of at least one place to send money and help. Here are two more that overlap with communities I'm involved in:
Catholic Relief Services
Heroes 4 Haiti
God bless the people of Haiti.
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I'll be at Eastwind Books in Berkeley this Saturday (11/5) at 3:00 to talk about The Eternal Smile, American Born Chinese, and making comics. Eastwind is a great book store, specializing in all things Asian. Come by if you can!
Eastwind Books of Berkeley
2066 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
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In April 2010, First Second will release a collection of the strips I did for the New York Times. Prime Baby is a short little thing, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. The design folks at FS did a great job on the book's packaging. It just showed up on Amazon.com for pre-order! I'm sure Prime Baby's available at your favorite local indie bookstore for pre-order, too.
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The National Book Foundation has just announced the 2009 finalists.
Over the past half year, I had the great honor of serving as a judge for the Young People's Literature category. It was an extremely difficult and extremely rewarding process. My eyes are still sore from all that reading.
Congratulations to all the nominees! The winners will be announced in November.
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