Check out SIUniverse and Epic Props at NYCC

We are just one day out from New York Comic-Con, and if you plan to be in the Big Apple this weekend, be sure to stop by booth #2010 to find the SIUniverse at our joint booth with Epic Proportions! It’s a bittersweet occasion since Jerry has announced this will be his last con as an exhibitor. But don’t fret! You’ll still find him in Artist Alley in the near future. In the meantime, we’re going to help Jerry go out in style and make this the biggest con ever for SIUniverse and Epic Props!

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EXCLUSIVE: Strength in NUMBERS Featuring STYLES INFINITE by Fred Chao

At my new site, The Nerds of Color, I mentioned I was fortunate enough to be a tangential part of this massive hip-hop project called Strength in NUMBERS. Created and arranged by Chops, Strength in NUMBERS brings together nearly three dozen singers, rappers, and DJs to spotlight some of the top Asian American talent in the urban music scene. Think of it as the Secret Identities of hip-hop. That’s why Chops reached out to me for this aspect of the collaboration.

Working with a dozen and a half artists, cartoonists, and designers, we created 35 individual alternate album covers, one for each of the musicians on the album. We’re releasing the first three covers today exclusively at CHOPSmusic.com, TheNerdsofColor.org, and here at SIUniverse.org, respectively. Each of these covers, featuring all three members of the Mountain Brothers, was drawn by SHATTERED’s own Fred Chao.

After the jump, you will be able to download a high-resolution jpeg of the first of three Strength in NUMBERS “variant” album covers. Just right-click and save.

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BTBATU SESSION 7: CLOSING PLENARY — CHANGING THE GAME

The CLOSING PLENARY from “Beyond the Bad and the Ugly,” the first Summit on Asian American Stereotypes. Moderated by Oliver Wang, cultural critic, Assistant Professor of Sociology, CSU-Long Beach; with panelists Christopher Chen (producer, LINSANITY); Jay Caspian Kang (editor, Grantland; author, THE DEAD DO NOT IMPROVE); Ted Kim (EVP, CJ Entertainment America); Mike Le (creator and executive producer, K- TOWN); Benson Lee (director, PLANET B-BOY; BATTLE OF THE YEAR: DREAM TEAM(; Kate Rigg (performance artist); Parry Shen (actor, BETTER LUCK TOMORROW; managing editor, SHATTERED)

BTBATU SESSION 5A: POLITICS OF PERCEPTION

Ling Woo Liu, executive director of the Fred Korematsu Institute, moderates a panel on how stereotypes affect politics and leadership, with Linda Akutagawa (President & CEO, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics); Tanzila Ahmed (voter engagement manager at Asian Pacific American Legal Center); Jay Chen (Hacienda Heights school board member, congressional candidate); and Quan Phung (Head of Television, Bluegrass Pictures)

Sometimes stereotypes have a grain of truth. Sometimes a whole bowl: An anthropological study of Asians and cameras, by Malaysia’s JinnyBoyTV

As we wait for the last two sessions of BEYOND THE BAD AND THE UGLY to be readied for upload, thought I’d throw this up there — a funny look at Asians and cameras, by Malaysian online comedy troupe JinnyBoyTV.

BTBATU SPECIAL SESSION 6B: WHEN IS IT OKAY TO LAUGH?

Jenny Yang, comedian abd organizer of the DIS/ORIENT/ED comedy tour moderates a conversation about ethnic humor that works, with D’Lo, comedian and activist; Kiran Deol, director and comedian; Andrew Fung (The Fung Brothers); David Fung (The Fung Brothers); Joe Luu, comedian; and Greg Watanabe (18 Mighty Mountain Warriors)

BTBATU SPECIAL SESSION 6A: MAN BITES DOG

Andrew Lih, associate professor, USC Annenberg School of Communications, moderates a special session on how stereotypes shape the news, with Leslie Berestein Rojas, Immigration and Emerging Communities reporter, Southern California Public Radio; Mei Fong, Pulitzer Prize winning former reporter, Wall Street Journal; Henry Fuhrmann, assistant managing editor, Los Angeles Times; and Wendy Lee, Business Reporter, Southern California Public Radio.

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BTBATU SESSION 5B: MOVE THIS

Lisa Lee, blogger, Thick Dumpling Skin and diversity program manager, Facebook moderates a panel on creating advocacy campaigns that work in the fight against stereotypes, with panelists Cynthia Brothers (18 Million Rising); Eileen Chow, Visiting Associate Professor, Duke University; Traci Akemi Kato-Kiriyama (Tuesday Night Café), and Michael Le (Racebending).

BTBATU SESSION 4B: TAMING TIGERS

A conversation on stereotypes in parenting and education, moderated by Daren Mooko, associate dean of students, Pomona College, and featuring as panelists Julie Kang, blogger, Geisha School Dropout; C. Michelle Ko, boardmember, Asian Pacific Community Fund; Dr. Michelle Quiogue, family physician; Koji Stephen Sakai, blogger, 8Asians and filmmaker, Chink; Jason Sperber, cofounder, Rice Daddies; and Paula Yoo, author, Good Enough