Last Friday we were proud to host the presentation of the Blue Met Festival's Words to Change Prize here at the bookstore! Our friends from the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival were here to present the award to a very touched Gene Luen Yang for his series Boxers & Saints.
Gene Luen Yang is the acclaimed graphic novelist and creator of the Eisner-winning graphic novel, American Born Chinese. Boxers & Saints comprises two companion graphic novels set during China's Boxer Rebellion. It was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize.
Gene gave a wonderful presentation offering all kinds of insight into his research for the series which included having to watch a "not awesome" Charlton Heston movie - but you've got to make sacrifices for your art - the parallels between traditional Chinese Opera and Comic-Cons, and the genesis of his artwork from various historical photographs from the period.
He stayed for a Q&A and signing to the delight of everyone here. What a pleasure to hear Gene's talk and many congratulations to him on his prize!