To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re shining the spotlight on a few of the talented AAPI writers and artists working for DC today. This week, we talk to Gene Luen Yang, an award-winning cartoonist distinguished for graphic novels including American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints, and Dragon Hoops; and a writer well-known to DC fans for New Super-Man, Superman Smashes the Klan (our current DC Book Club topic!) and his current run on Batman/Superman.
As part of DC’s recognition of AAPI Heritage Month, we talked with Yang about the historical significance of DC Festival of Heroes, what it means to him to be the monthly writer of current DC series Batman/Superman, what type of room there is still to grow for Asian Americans in comics and his mindset following this undeniably difficult past year.
Do you have a favorite comic or graphic novel from Gene Luen Yang? Let us know in the comments!