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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Double Exhibit at MOCA

On September 27 the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will open a double exhibit highlighting Asian imagery and artists in comics from the past and today. MOCA is also working with the New York City Tourism Bureau to help promote the event with bus kiosk advertising and street banners like the one above.

Marvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986
Recently donated to the NYU Fales Library & Special Collection, Marvels and Monsters is drawn from what is widely considered the world’s largest archive of comic books featuring images of Asian and Americans, painstakingly collected over four turbulent decades (1940s to 1980s) by science fiction author and cultural studies scholar William F. Wu. The compilation offers a unique glimpse into America’s evolving racial and cultural sensibilities, as depicted by wartime images of racist propaganda and xenophobic anxiety over Chinese immigration to lasting archetypes which continue to define America's perception of Asians today.


Showcasing the efforts of Asian American artists to establish a new and authentic identity by subverting stereotypes and juxtaposing disparate images. The exhibition focuses on alternative and independent comic spaces, particularly in the hubs of San Francisco and New York, which produced many of the most prominent artists in the independent scene. The exhibition features work by: Gene Luen Yang, Derek Kirk Kim, Thien Pham, Lark Pien, Jason Shiga, Hellen Jo, GB Tran, Jerry Ma, Larry Hama, Alex Joon Kim, and Christine Norrie.

This exhibition includes excerpts from Secret Identities Volume 2: Shattered, a follow-up to the groundbreaking compilation using the comic format “to upend, re-envision, re-imagine – to shatter – the distorted and negative images that have shadowed Asian Americans since the earliest days of our arrival in this country.”

I'll have my original pages from the story I did in the upcoming Secret Identities Volume 2: Shattered coming out later this year.

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