The SIUniverse at New York Comic Con!

Come by Epic Props booth 1113 and get a copy of SHATTERED before it’s in stores.

Also, stop by the booths of other members of the SIU family:

Bernard Chang will be in Artist Alley at C8!

Cliff Chiang will be in Artist Alley at N1!

Greg Pak will be in Artist Alley at K18!

Larry Hama will be at Epic Proportions Booth 1113!

Ming Doyle will be in Artist Alley at B2!

Sean Chen will be in Artist Alley at C9!

Sonny Liew wil be in booth U12!

Billy Tan will be in booth P2!

Dustin Nguyen will be in booth H1!

Greg LaRocque will be in booth O5! (Saturday only)

Louie Chin will be in booth 448!

Shattered Sneak Peek: Hibakusha: Secrets

Hibakusha: Secrets from Shattered
In this scene from SHATTERED, we re-meet: Ryan Suda (Power: Body produces steroid-grade epinephrine allowing him to access to the upper limits of human strength and endurance), Kat Nagano (Power: Psi ability to excite atoms within any object), and Daisuke “Dice” Kim (Power: Ability to manipulate any object’s density) in THE HIBAKUSHA: Secrets
Beautifully rendered by Sean Chen, Kat is meltin’ helmets while Dice stops a hail of bullets with a wave of his hand and Ryan kicks some serious tail (a baddie with 9 of ‘em no less!)
The Hibakusha from Secret Identities

But as you can see from their first outing in THE HIBAKUSHA from Volume 1, they weren’t very… experienced.  Drawn here by Glenn Urieta, Ryan is crumpled on the ground near-unconscious, as his blood vessels have constricted from too much adrenaline.  Dice has instinctively activated his density abilities only to sadly embed himself into the ground while Kat stands protectively over Ryan heating… the surrounding air.
So check out this story to see how they became so adept at using their abilities when SHATTERED: The Asian American Comics Anthology hits stores in Fall 2012!! 

SIUniverse is now on tumblr

We’ve added another notch on our social media utility belt. After staking our claim on Facebook, twitter, and YouTube, we’ve decided to add tumblr to the mix. (We have a Pinterest board too, but, uh, I don’t know how it works.)

The official SIUniverse tumblr has been around for a few weeks now, but this past Saturday was the official launch of what we’re calling SHATTEREDay ’round these parts. Basically, every Saturday from now until the foreseeable future, we’ll feature a sneak peek at the stuff we’re getting in from artists and writers. And it’s good stuff. Stuff we can’t wait to share with the rest of you!

Last week on the tumblr, we unveiled character designs of Jimson Fo and John Henry from Jeff’s “Driving Steel” sequel “The Breaking” by artist Krishna Sadasivam

Good stuff, right?

So bookmark the SIUniverse tumblr, and check it out every Satur… SHATTEREDay™ for new updates!

Secret Identities Volume 2, BURN…

Originally posted on the Epic Proportions blog For What It’s Worth

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So It’s finally begun.  Or rather….I’ve finally begun to do some drawing on the BURN story I’m working on with my brother for Secret Identities Volume 2.  Just thought I’d post the pencils I’ve done for page 1.
These are semi tight pencils for me.  I’m leaving a lot of the detail work to be done when I ink it.  I didn’t want to waste any time penciling in the different textures and stuff.
The original for this is an odd size.  It stands at 10×12.5″ due to the 8×10″ page size of the graphic novel.
So I had a little trouble adjusting to that as it through off my whole “scale” in terms of close ups and far shots on the page.
But am hoping it came out alright.
I also did not use a ruler to do any of the drawing besides the panel borders.  For some reason, I just wanted to keep this loose and just kinda “wing” it.
Just the pencils for this page took me about….5 and a half hours to draw.  As pathetic as this sounds, inking generally takes me a little longer.
Yeah….I’m pretty slow.
Anyway, I won’t be posting every page I draw here, but thought it’d be fun to post the first one.
I’ll definitely post the ink and grey tones of this page when I finish each stage just so you can see how much more detail I intend on adding.
-jerry

SIUniverse For Japan: The Swag

So rather than constantly updating the original announcement of the auction, I figured I’d give the items for bid their own place on the blog. So here it is.

Check this space often to see what cool and unique items are currently for bid as we try to raise some money for the ongoing relief efforts in Japan. You can also keep track with the SIUniverse For Japan auction at our main eBay page for siuniverseforjapan or check the hashtag #SIU4Japan on twitter.

After the jump, check out the items that are available now.

sketch by Jerry Ma ENDED: $36.00
 

donated by Parry Shen ENDED: $71.00

signed by writer/director Michael Kang ENDED: $27.00

signed by author Jamie Ford ENDED: $26.00

donated by Lynn Chen ENDED: $25.00

sketch by Jerry Ma ENDED: $35.88
by Martin Hsu STILL AVAILABLE!
by Martin Hsu ENDED: $24.00
by A.L. Baroza ENDED: $30.00

by Greg LaRocque ENDED: $51.00

by Jimmy J. Aquino ENDED: $30.00

by Gene Yang FOUR MORE AVAILABLE

signed by writer/director Michael Kang



4/13-14/11: “Sense & Sensibility” (Marvel Comics) Original Pages
by Sonny Liew

Issue 5, Page 2 


by Keiko Agena


Announcing SIUniverse For Japan: Online Auction to Support Relief Efforts in Japan


Help the people of Japan by bidding on items donated by members of the SIUniverse family.
 
Two weeks ago, the world was stunned by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northern Japan. Though the aftermath of the natural disaster and resulting nuclear crisis is no longer front page news, the people of northern Japan still need our help. This is why SIUniverse Media is announcing SIUniverse For Japan, an online auction to raise money for ongoing relief efforts in Japan. 

Through ebay Giving Works, 100% of the final sale of any item sold through SIUniverse For Japan will go toward GlobalGiving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Search for eBay seller ID “siuniverseforjapan” or follow SIUniverse on twitter and Facebook for regular updates on the auction.

Over the next several weeks, fans will be able to bid on everything from original artwork, action figures, t-shirts, DVDs, CDs, comics, books, and other unique items donated by some of the creative talent behind Secret Identities and know that all proceeds will go towards rebuilding the lives of the people affected by the disasters. The first item, a copy of Secret Identities plus a bookplate signed by Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Keith Chow and Jerry Ma, will be up for bid beginning on Monday, March 28.
The following SI-affiliated artists and creators will also have items available for bid in the coming weeks:

  • Keiko Agena
  • Jimmy J. Aquino
  • A.L. Baroza
  • Blacklava
  • Jef Castro
  • Bernard Chang
  • Lynn Chen
  • Tanuj Chopra
  • Keith Chow
  • Jamie Ford
  • Martin Hsu
  • Michael Kang
  • Shin Kawasaki
  • Kazu Kibuishi
  • Greg LaRocque
  • Sonny Liew
  • Jerry Ma
  • Greg Pak
  • Koji Steven Sakai
  • Alexander Shen
  • Parry Shen
  • Tak Toyoshima
  • Glenn Urieta
  • Gene Yang
  • Jeff Yang

And while you’re at it, head on over to Epic Proportions where Jerry is donating 100% of every sale to relief efforts in Japan as well! 

Doughboy Needs Your Help!

Jason Lee, the founder of TurtlistMedia.com and one of Secret Identities‘ earliest supporters, is in the process of producing a short film called “Doughboy.”

Doughboy, is a short film dark comedy about Felix, a superfan of Data (the Asian American kid from The Goonies), who decides to pursue his late father’s American Dream of making funnel cakes as easy to find as the hot dog. He designs and builds a mobile funnel cake-making suit inspired by Data and begins to sell them on the streets of Little Tokyo. It’s a million dollar idea, but there is one fatal flaw that he is forced to realize when he is confronted by a militant activist group protesting the name of his business: Data’s Funnel Cakes.

Check out the trailer below:

Unfortunately, Jason needs to raise some more money to get this project off the ground! This is where you come in. Just visit Doughboy‘s Kickstarter page and pledge to donate as little as $1 to help support a young Asian American filmmaker bring Doughboy to life. The world could use another Asian American hero. And more funnel cakes.

Make Your Own "Evil Chinese Professor!"

Since we recently announced Volume 2 would be dedicated to shattering Asian stereotypes, it only makes sense to point you all to a brand new Asian stereotype just in time for the midterm elections, thanks to the right-wing “think” tank Citizens Against Government Waste: the Evil Chinese Professor!

Well, now it’s our turn to reclaim Professor Evil. A few Asian Am blogs–Angry Asian Man, 8Asians, Disgrasian, Reappropriate, channelAPA, and Hyphen–have gotten together to sponsor this contest.

Basically:

Download the .ZIP archive, including the subtitle-stripped .MOV file and .RTF text file transcript of the original “Chinese Professor” video.

Get the video file, write a hilarious alternate monologue for the Evil Chinese Professor, re-subtitle the footage, add a call-to-action voiceover at the end, and upload your parody to a video sharing service like YouTube or Vimeo (Heck, upload wherever you can. CAGW is apparently cracking down on all parodies).

Then send the link to evilchineseprofessor@angryasianman.com. The best three videos as judged by the sponsoring bloggers will win some fabulous as-yet-undetermined prizes. The deadline to submit is November 27, which happens to be Bruce Lee’s birthday.

ANNOUNCING SECRET IDENTITIES VOLUME 2: SHATTERED!


The creators of the pioneering anthology of Asian American comics, SECRET IDENTITIES, are excited to announce that work is now underway on a second volume of all-new tales set in the grand tradition of heroic graphical fiction: SECRET IDENTITIES VOLUME 2: SHATTERED, targeting a 2012 publication date.

“Sales of the first volume have been far beyond what we could have possibly expected,” says Secret Identities (www.secretidentities.org) Editor-in-Chief Jeff Yang. “And the reaction from readers has continued to pour in: We want more. And we wanted more too.”

DEVELOPMENTAL SUPPORT

The first volume was one of the year’s best-selling books for independent publisher The New Press, which quickly expressed interest in continuing the series. But it was a generous development grant from the Vilcek Foundation that has ultimately made the new volume possible.

“Putting together the first book was a monumental task,” says Secret Identities Managing Editor Parry Shen. “And the more we thought about doing a sequel, the more we realized we had to figure out a way to make it even bigger, better and more boundary-breaking than the original.”

The Vilcek Foundation, whose mission is to honor and celebrate the outstanding artistic and scientific contributions of immigrant innovators and creators in the United States, profiled the unique role of immigrants in comic books in their Summer 2010 Newsletter (http://orsp.in/cBv9oT) — and chose to showcase Secret Identities, whose 66 contributors include creators born in Taiwan, Korea, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the Philippines among their number, as a unique example of the graphic novel art. Upon hearing that the Secret Identities team was thinking of doing a sequel, they offered to support the lengthy editorial and artistic process necessary to make it happen.

ON THE DARK SIDE

“We already had an idea of where we wanted to go,” says Education Director and Editor at Large Keith Chow. “In the first volume, we focused on using superheroes as a lens through which to expose and celebrate Asian American history and culture. This time, we wanted to expand our perspective to the darker side of the SI Universe, while also incorporating a broader range of comic genres — from hard-boiled pulp to martial arts, adventure and science fiction.”

The idea was originally seeded when, at a 2009 New York Comic Con panel on Secret Identities, an audience member noted that as exciting as the project sounded, it was easy to tell stories about heroes — the real challenge is to tell stories about villains. It was then that the SI team began to consider the possibility of exploring the nefarious, sinister and menacing side of the good guy/bad guy equation in order to upend, reenvision, reimagine — to shatter — distorted or negative images that have shadowed Asian Americans since the earliest days of our arrival in this country.

“The idea of putting a focus on stories that showcased strong and vivid interactions between heroes and villains — even stories with the ‘villain’ as protagonist — opens up so many interesting ways to question the power of perception to shape reality,” says Yang. “It also inspired us to conceive of a narrative that will serve as the framing story for the book — a single long tale whose multiple episodes will introduce each book’s chapter, while allowing us to continue the stories of some of our favorite characters from Volume One.”

THE “LONG ARC”

The framing story will follow the aftereffects of an unfortunate mystical accident perpetrated by the protagonists of Volume One’s “Driving Steel” — Jimson Fo and his young friend (and future American legend) John Henry — which releases a quintet of archfiends into the world, each with the power to reshape reality to conform to its image: The Manipulator, The Temptress, The Brute, The Brain and The Alien. The immortal Fo then takes it upon himself to pursue the demons across the ages, collaborating with heroes of each time period to defeat and destroy these infernal nemeses.

“The two things people told us they wanted most in a second volume were longer arcs and continuations of the stories of some of the characters they loved in the first book,” says Art Director Jerry Ma. “This framing story gives us a way to make that possible. But there’ll be plenty of original stories and characters in Volume Two — including characters imagined by readers and audiences at the many places where we’ve brought Secret Identities in the past few years.”

SEEKING CONTRIBUTORS

Since the publication of Secret Identities in 2009, the SI Team has presented a unique workshop at schools, colleges and community institutions across the nation — a session called “Build a Hero,” in which they work with audiences to create original superhero characters on the spot, with editors guiding the crowd to collaboratively weave an identity, origin and backstory while an artist sketches and inks the hero on the fly.

“We think bringing the audience into the book is one of the most important things we’ve been able to do with Secret Identities,” says Shen. “Some of the most interesting stories and characters in Volume One came from people who’d never even tried to write for comics before — but had a brilliant vision of something they wanted to bring to life. We just helped them do it!”

In that spirit, the SI Team is once again soliciting contributions — in the form of brief pitches for story ideas and characters (both heroes and villains) emailed to submit@secretidentities.org. Artists are also invited to submit samples of their work or links to their online portfolios for the editors to evaluate.

These stories/characters will be featured alongside already confirmed contributors such as Cliff Chiang (Justice League: Generation Lost), Greg Pak (Incredible Hercules, World War Hulk) and Bernard Chang (Superman, Wonder Woman).

More details on what the team is looking for can be found at http://www.secretidentities.org/site/v2, including a downloadable contributors’ guide.

To schedule interviews with SECRET IDENTITIES’ editors and contributors or to request further information on Volume Two, please email Jeff Yang at jeff@secretidentities.org or Keith Chow at keith@secretidentities.org.

The SIU Invades Comic-Con. Again.

Well, it’s that time of year when all of fandom descends on sunny southern California for a sensory overload of lights, sound and sweat. Yes, people, it’s Comic-Con time. And just like last year, you can find the diverse members of the SECRET IDENTITIES fam throughout the San Diego Convention Center.

In addition to Jerry Ma and Parry Shen (Fri. and Sat.) at the Epic Props booth #1737, be sure to seek out the rest of the SIUniverse

Bernard Chang: booth #1223
Cliff Chiang: booth #1320
Ming Doyle: booth #N11 & DD10
Larry Hama: booth #2307
Erwin Haya: booth #D06
Martin Hsu: booth #G02
Benton Jew: booth #DD-23
Kazu Kibuishi: booth #2235
Dustin Nguyen: booth #FF-04
Jonathan Tsuei: booth #DD-10
Blacklava: booth #4929