Monday, September 23, 2013

Don't Miss Flying Colors 25th Anniversary Party on Sat Oct 5

You're invited to Flying Colors 25th Anniversary Party on Saturday October 5!

• Some cool deals!

• Prizes!
• Special guest appearance by noted artist Daniel Brereton from 4pm-7pm.

We'll have Dan's work available for sale (& for autographs), including the new SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR, the Mt Diablo-based GIANTKILLER graphic novel and more! 
• Refreshments and cake during the 4pm-7pm signing event.

Let us know you'll be here by hitting the "going" button on the Flying Colors Facebook Page.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jim Lee event on Sept 14: Your way to MOVE ON UP!

Two BIG Events this week:
Wednesday September 11 from 5pm-8pm:  
It's the comic market debut of 
Gene Luen Yang's BOXERS & SAINTS graphic novel diptych. 
This one is EPIC in scope and not to be missed!

Saturday September 14 from 11am-4pm:
DC Comics Co-Publisher and 
fan-favorite artist Jim Lee
returns to help celebrate 
Flying Colors 25th Anniversary!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Meet GENE YANG Wed Sep 11 5pm-8pm at Flying Colors


BOXERS & SAINTS is the new two-volume graphic novel set by award-winning artist/writer Gene Luen Yang. In these slip-cased books, we see two very different sides of the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.

China, on the cusp of the 20th century, faced challenges from many sides. Severe drought brought widespread starvation and poverty. The growing influences of western culture led to the uprising of the violent Righteous Harmony Society, aiming to repel and eradicate the influence of foreign imperialists and Christian missionaries.

In BOXERS, we get the tale of Little Bao, a peasant who witnesses life-changing and culture-changing forced on the Chinese by imperialists from the West. These foreigners bring not only their brute force but also their “devil” religion, leading Bao to join and then lead a new and violent uprising called the Righteous and Harmonious Fist. Inspired by Chinese gods and colorful characters from the opera he loves, Bao’s band of nationalists ultimately lead to the center of the battle and destiny awaiting in Peking.

In SAINTS, we meet Four-Girl (also known as “Death-Girl”) who is an outcast in her own home village, leading her to the Christian missionaries who take her in amidst the growing Rebellion. Taking the name Vibiana, hers is a quest for the soul as she decides whether to abandon her past and embrace her future by committing herself to the Christian religion of the foreigners.

Since his break-out hit graphic novel AMERICAN BORN CHINESE seven years ago, Gene Luen Yang has been consumed by researching, writing and drawing BOXERS & SAINTS. While each of the volumes can be read and enjoyed separately, the powerful combination of both cannot be over-stated.  BOXERS & SAINTS not only fleshes out the different sides of a troubling point in world history, but it’s apparent that Yang’s own family history is a subtle back-drop to the entire epic.

BOXERS & SAINTS may even be considered a prequel to AMERICAN BORN CHINESE... and given ABC’s deservedly respected place in the graphic novel world, it’s time to make room on the bookshelf for this new and thoroughly thought-provoking two-volume set.