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Cassandra Voss Center to Host Skype Conversation with Gene Luen Yang

From St. Norbert College, February 13, 2015
by Erich Wegenke, erich.wegenke@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The Cassandra Voss Center at St. Norbert College will host a Skype conversation with Gene Luen Yang in the third installment of its three-part "SkypeTacular!" series, which aims to showcase prominent creators and scholars of color in the comics industry. The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater at the Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert College campus, and is free and open to the public.

Yang is the creator of several award-winning comics and graphic novels. His graphic novel "American Born Chinese" was named Publishers Weekly's Best Comic of the Year, and is the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Printz Award. He recently wrote and illustrated "Boxers & Saints," a two-part graphic novel series dealing with the Boxer Rebellion. He has also worked on a series of comics continuing the story of the TV series "Avatar: the Last Airbender."

Yang will lead a conversation entitled "American Born Chinese and the Superhero Vacuum." His discussion will explore issues of racial identity in comic books and how to present an Asian-American superhero to a national audience.

The Cassandra Voss Center's "SkypeTacular!" series is part of its yearlong slate of programs, collectively entitled "Kapow! Who's Your Hero?" The programs will focus on themes of power, heroes and identity, as explored through the medium of superhero comics.

For more information on the Cassandra Voss Center and its programming, email cvc@snc.edu or call 920-4033-1342.