Posts Tagged ‘comic’

Jul 26, 2014

Need For Asian Superheroes

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/26/opinion/yang-comics-superheroes/index.html?c=&page=0

By Chongchen Saelee

This article by Jeff Yang kinda gets it half-way. We don’t need Asian Superheroes for EVERYONE, just for those who consume superhero culture.

It turns out, America did have a superhero called The Green Turtle back in 1940s, but because of anti-Chinese stuff in the day, was never allowed to reveal his identity.

Unfortunately, it just seems like they’re digging through the dumpster to validate themselves here. The Green Turtle might as well be played by Dana Carvey in yellowface. It’s such an old characterization. No modern Asian American can relate to it. As a piece of history, maybe it’s worth noting, but it definitely isn’t relevant anymore.

My own Asian superhero, Agent S, which debut in my alma mater student newspaper UW-Green Bay The Fourth Estate, is set in the present. I combined all the popular American superheroes to date into the archetype. And I also infused it with highly political charged imagery to leave the door open for interpretation and growth. And I’d also set my character in the real world, where Superman, Batman, and James Bond are indeed fictional, and wannabes are lunging off rooftops thinking those characters are real. That’s how I would do my hero justice.

In summary, only those who feel they need Asian superheroes should get them. And if no one gives them that validation, do what I did, come up with your own. That’s the only way they can truly be bulletproof.

Jun 30, 2014

UW Green Bay Lecture About Race in Superhero Media

It was strange that the talk was done through American Intercultural Center (if I’m not mistaken). Overall, it seems as though the audience wasn’t too sophisticated about comic book or mass media culture. They seemed uninterested or a little distant. That might be a genuine problem because it implies the audience members are truly marginalized and not consuming mainstream media. You can pick that up during the Q&A session where they ask questions about racial progress in the depictions in the media as if they didn’t have any control over it. It’s as simple as sitting down and drawing yourself into a superhero and publishing it, but it doesn’t seem they know that.

Anyway, as I’ve joked before, it looks like my run at UW-Green Bay via my Pen Tonic comic strip featuring Agent S as its first Asian superhero made an impact. And anyone who has those actual printed issues of The Fourth Estate are going to have somekind of keepsake increase in value.

Don’t worry, dear fans (not that many), Agent S will return.

Jun 4, 2014

Custom Eastfist-Style Drawings for Only $5!!!

http://www.fiverr.com/eastfist/draw-a-comic-panel-in-my-style

An example of my style of drawing

An example of my style of drawing

If you’d like me to do a custom drawing for you, limited to only one panel, and you have $5 to spare, hit me up at Fiverr at the link above! I look forward to working with you!

May 31, 2014

Jackpot Bloom: Introducing Aggie

Aggie, Jackpot Bloom's rival

Aggie, Jackpot Bloom’s rival

Mar 18, 2014

Jackpot Bloom Cover Concept

Jackpot Bloom Comic Book Cover Concept

Jackpot Bloom Comic Book Cover Concept

I’m developing the marketing materials alongside the actual comics contents.

Feb 27, 2014

Project Blossom Cover Concept

A New Star Is Born

A New Star Is Born

A more colorful cover concept might be more kid-friendly, who is our target audience.

Feb 5, 2014

Indie Comic Project Page One Completed!!!

Page 1 complete

Page 1 complete

I had to ink in the lines (re-trace) just to make it cleaner looking. Is it up to snuff? Is it quality?