SECRET IDENTITIES: The Traveling Art Gallery (Special "Jung Kicks Butt" Edition)

…So if you’ve read Secret Identities, you know that Jung the delivery guy from Koji Sakai and John Franzese’s “Meet Joe” is gangsta. But you won’t know just how gangsta until you’ve seen this all-new pinup John sketched for our traveling gallery, illustrating an off-panel sequence from the story: Jung chopping a ginormous mechanical agent of death in half with a single bad-a$$ open-hand blow.

How gangsta is Jung?

Flat. Out. Gangsta.

Next volume, we gotta do “Meet Joe: Origins – Jung.”

SECRET IDENTITIES: The Traveling Art Gallery (Part One!)

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.

The Secret Identities Universe Illustration…



This illustration took me a really long time. But it was important to me to do, as my fellow editors (Jeff Yang, Parry Shen and Keith Chow) have been talking for awhile about a drawing by one of our contributing artists of all the characters from the book.

So I thought to myself….well….why don’t I do it?

This illustration has atleast 1 character from each story. I wanted to put every single character in, but there simply wasn’t enough room on the page. The original drawing is done on a 2 ply smooth 14×17″ bristol page.

Anyway, I’ve gone ahead and posted the 3 different stages it took to complete this piece. The first being pencils, then inks, and finally the finished grey tone version. Just for the record, I used a 3H lead pencil. Which is a hard lead that helps create a sharp clean line. I then used micron felt tip pens to ink it. And I used a much looser “hand” to ink it with to help create a more organic sketch feel to it. And finally I used some prismacolor markers to add grey tones to it.

This original piece will be displayed at the Time Warner Building in New York May 21 (thurs) as part of the Asian Heritage Month art exhibit. There will also be other pieces from contributing artists from the book as well as another piece from me.

Anyway, hope that I was able to do “right” by all the other great artist’s on the book with this drawing.
-jerry

The Secret Identities Universe


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The Secret Identities Universe Illustration….

This illustration took me a really long time. But it was important to me to do, as my fellow editors (Jeff Yang, Parry Shen and Keith Chow) have been talking for awhile about a drawing by one of our contributing artists of all the characters from the book.
So I thought to myself….well….why don’t I do it?
This illustration has atleast 1 character from each story. I wanted to put every single character in, but there simply wasn’t enough room on the page. The original drawing is done on a 2 ply smooth 14×17″ bristol page.

Anyway, I’ve gone ahead and posted the 3 different stages it took to complete this piece. The first being pencils, then inks, and finally the finished grey tone version.
Just for the record, I used a 3H lead pencil. Which is a hard lead that helps create a sharp clean line. I then used micron felt tip pens to ink it. And I used a much looser “hand” to ink it with to help create a more organic sketch feel to it. And finally I used some prismacolor markers to add grey tones to it.
This original piece will be displayed at the Time Warner Building in New York May 21(thurs) as part of the Asian Heritage Month art exhibit. There will also be other pieces from contributing artists from the book as well as another piece from me.

Anyway, hope you like the drawings and as always thanks for coming by.
-jerry

Secret Identities Across The Country

Since May is officially Asian American Heritage Month, we at Secret Identities are going coast to coast to kick off the festivities. First up, SI Editor Keith Chow and legendary writer/artist Greg LaRocque (“Trinity”) will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day at Super Villains, Inc. in Nottingham, Maryland beginning at 11am.

Then, on the other side of the country, SI Editors Jeff Yang and Parry Shen, with writer Jason Sperber (“Many Masks”) will be facilitating a workshop at the Japanese American National Museum as part of the one-day “Imagined Futures” conference. The workshop will last from 2pm to 4pm.

Later that day at 5pm, Jeff, Parry, and Jason will be joined by artists Benton Jew (“Driving Steel”), Martin Hsu (“Long”), Bernard Chang (“The Citizen”), and A.L. Baroza (“A Day at CostumeCo”) for a booksigning at the Kinokuniya on 123 Astronaut E. Onizuka Street in Los Angeles.

Finally, on May 3, visit the SIUniverse Media booth at the 30th annual Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival in NYC at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza onEast 47th Street & 2nd Avenue. SI Editors Keith Chow and Jerry Ma will be on hand at Booth #21 signing copies of Secret Identities and hawking t-shirts.

If you’re in Maryland, Los Angeles, or New York this weekend, come check us out!

For more info:

Super Villains, Inc.
4361 Ebenezer Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
410-870-1253
http://www.myspace.com/super_villain_inc

Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-625-0414
http://www.janm.org/

Kinokuniya Los Angeles
123 Astronaut E. Onizuka St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-687-4480
http://www.kinokuniya.com/

Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans
c/o Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival
12 West 18th Street, Suite 3E
New York, NY 10011
director@capaonline.org
http://www.capaonline.org/

"Secret Identities" on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Today “SI” EIC, Jeff Yang was on the NY-Based radio talk show.

It was a great segment for the book but in particular, there was a lot of great discourse and input from the listeners, here’s a sampling:


“As ’70’s kids desperately hungry for Asian faces in U.S. media, we always suspected/hoped that Marcie, Peppermint Patty’s more cautious friend from “Peanuts”, was actually Asian.

Check the classically Chinese bobbed/banged haircut, the glasses, and the stereotypical academic overachievement and ineptitude at sports. Also, she’s curiously familiar with classical music (probably not by choice, if you met her mother.) Plus, like us, she showed un-American elder respect, with the constant “Sir” bit.” – EVA

“I’ve always been surprised at the paucity of Asian superheroes in comics. There’s lots of Asian comic book fans, and many of the most popular artists (such as Jae Lee, Jim Lee) are Asian. And there’s a lot of influence of Asian arts and culture.

There seem to be far fewer African-American and Latino creators, but more of a demand for that representation.” – CBrown

“It’s not just comic books here. Asians to the best of my knowledge are not represented in any major way in the American media spectrum. ” – Betty Anne from UES

“I’m not sure there is a need to force more Asian superheroes because they already permeate American culture. The best selling graphic novels at any given Barnes & Noble store are Japanese Mangas which all feature Asian heroes. Maybe your complaint is is that DC/Marvel need more asian heroes, but it doesn’t matter because children and teenagers overwhelming prefer reading Japanese mangas that feature Asian heroes.” – Favian from NJ

“Favian, you’re mixing up two very different things between Asian comics and characters versus Asian American ones. There is a huge difference of life experiences between the two.”
– Jason from Midtown

We Should Start Our Own Super Team

The Secret Identities Toddler Squad!

SUNFIRE!!!


Hey everyone.
So I thought I’d post another sketch that I drew on the inside cover of another copy of Secret Identities. This copy I believe is for ningin.com.

Anyway, this sketch is of one of my favorite characters from the Marvel Universe….Sunfire!!! I always thought he was one of the most underrated characters in comics.

I do hope everyone will enjoy this sketch as much as I did drawing it.

And remember, please ask your local book and comic book stores to pick up Secret Identities if they don’t have it already!
-jerry

Charlie Gibson From ABC NEWS Agrees….


… with what Keith said below — that SECRET IDENTITIES is now available! Check out the broadcast below!

Secret Identities In Stores NOW!

If you’re reading this blog post… then what are you doing?!

Go to your local bookstore, comic shop, and library right now and ask for Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology!