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Gene Luen Yang Unveils New Graphic Novel With Sonny Liew, ‘The Shadow Hero’ [Video]

Gene Luen Yang is on a heck of a roll lately. Hot off the heels of his two-volume graphic novel Boxers and Saints, Yang has just announced his next project: A graphic novel with artist Sonny Liew about the first-ever Asian-American superhero.

The new book, The Shadow Hero, offers up an origin story for that character, The Green Turtle, who first appeared way back in 1944′s Blazing Comics #1.

Hear Yang talk about the Green Turtle’s strange backstory–his creator, Chu Hing, wanted to make him Chinese-American, but the publisher, Rural Home, didn’t go for it, so Hing drew the character from angles where readers could never see his face–and his inspiration for the book in the video below.

 

 

The Shadow Hero is set for release from First Second Books on July 15, 2014.

 

 

[Via BoingBoing]

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