So, we’re collecting original artwork from the book (as well as brand new, never before seen pieces created by Secret Identities‘ mega-talented artistical crew) to bring with us to the various museums and galleries we’re going to be visiting over the next few months—and the pieces have started to roll in! Herewith, as displayed on my living room sofa, are the first six submissions:
- Alex Joon Kim‘s original pages from Tanuj Chopra’s hilarious “S.O.S.”!
- Two takes by Martin Hsu on Dragon Boy, star of his sweetly elliptical fantasy “Long”!
- An all-new, beautifully rendered and inked sketch by Vince Sunico of Captain Matthew Kim, from Daniel Jai Lee’s “Heroes Without a Country“—here seen fighting the good fight against the Nazi super-creeps known as the Ubermenschen!
- Another all-new sketch, inked and watercolored by A.L. Baroza—this one a crossover piece featuring a selection of the book’s female heroes: Karin from “Meet Joe“; Candace “Tin Candy” Koh (in mecha outfit) and Val “Pretty Super Schoolgirl Valentine” Chang from “A Day at CostumeCo“; Hellen Jo’s Brazen Raisin (in background); June Park from “Sampler“; and Ting “Scarf Girl” Lee from “You Are What You Eat“! And robots!
- Yet another all-new sketch, rendered and inked by Benton Jew, of Jimson Fo and the young John Henry, from “Driving Steel“…hammerlicious!
- And finally, the original color artwork of Yul Kwon’s Cataclysm, as gorgeously painted by Deodato Pangandoyon…which Deo sent to us already framed. Wow…you really didn’t have to, Deo! (But it looks fantastic…)
Many more pieces are on their way. Pieces from the “Secret Identities” Traveling Gallery will be on display at Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA on May 14; the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, CA on May 30 (and possibly longer); the Museum of Chinese in the Americas in New York, NY from July 11; and in the New York headquarters of Time Warner from May 11 through the end of May.