Artist Spotlight: Gene Luen Yang

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Recently release is Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel written and drawn by Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel series. A amazing story set during China’s violent Boxer Rebellion, and told from the perspective two young people on opposite sides of the conflict. I haven’t gotten the chance to read the story yet but if it was as compelling and interesting as his American Born Chinese, I’m going to love Boxers & Saints too.

Here’s a more detailed description of Boxers:

China,1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants.

Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers – commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from “foreign devils.”

Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of “secondary devils” – Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity.

And here’s more on Saints:
China, 1898. An unwanted fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn’t even given a proper name by her family. She finds friendship—and a name, Vibiana—in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie . . . and whether she is willing to die for her faith.

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And you can definitely tell that this is a amazing story with depth, and this is easily his most ambitious, most groundbreaking work yet, because it has been nominated for the prestigious National Book Award.

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