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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Shweta Taneja

Shweta Taneja is a bestselling speculative fiction author from India. With seven published novels and graphic novels, she is a leading voice in feminist science fiction and fantasy, most known for her series, Anantya Tantrist Mysteries. She’s a Charles Wallace Writing Fellow. Her short story, The Daughter That Bleeds (translated in French as ‘La Fille qui saigne’ by Mikael Cabon) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2020 in France. The story was also awarded Editor’s Choice Award in 2018. 

Other than novels and short stories, she also writes comics. Her graphic novel Krishna Defender of Dharma (Campfire, 2012) in a Must-Read for government schools. The Skull Rosary (2013), an indie black-and-white graphic novel scripted by her was shortlisted for the  Best Writer Award in ComicCon India. Her work has been translated to Romanian, French and Dutch. (Read More about her fiction)

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Kabi Nagata

Kabi Nagata is a manga artist best known for her autobiographical comic, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, an honest and heartfelt look at one young woman’s exploration of her sexuality, mental well-being, and growing up in our modern age. Told using expressive artwork that invokes both laughter and tears, this moving and highly entertaining single volume depicts not only the artist’s burgeoning sexuality, but many other personal aspects of her life that will resonate with readers. The manga is the winner of the 2018 Harvey Award for Best Manga, and acclaimed in Vox’s top books of the decade, The Advocate’s Best LGBT Graphics Novels of 2017, the NPR Guide to 2017’s Great Reads, and the Publishers Weekly Best Books 2017.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Whilce Portacio

One of the seven co-founders of Image comics, Whilce Portacio is a Filipino-American Comic book writer and artist. His work includes The Punisher, X-Factor, Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Wetworks and Spawn.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Mars Ravelo and Nestor Redondo

Mars Ravelo and Nestor Redondo are best known for Darna, a Filipino comics superheroine. In her more popular incarnations, she is a deceased warrior from another planet manifesting herself through a girl from Earth, named Narda. She first appeared in Pilipino Komiks (Ace Publications, Inc.) #77 (May 13, 1950). After Narda swallows a magic white stone and shouts “Darna,” she transforms into the mighty warrior Darna (Mango comics). As Darna, she stands up for those who cannot fend for themselves. She fights against both common criminals as well as greater forces of evil, most famously the snake-haired woman Valentina. She is often accompanied by her younger brother, Ding. Darna has appeared in 14 films, TV series, a webcomic, songs, TV commercials and dance.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Larry Hama

Larry Hama (born 7 June 1949) is a writer, artist, actor and musician who has worked in the fields of entertainment and publishing since the 1960s.

He is best known as a writer and editor for Marvel Comics, where he wrote the licensed comic book series G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero, based on the Hasbro action figures. He has also written for the series WolverineNth Man: the Ultimate Ninja, and Elektra, and he created the character Bucky O’Hare, which was developed into a comic book, a toyline, two videogames, and a television cartoon. During the 1970s, he was seen in minor roles on the TV shows M*A*S*H and Saturday Night Live, and he appeared on Broadway in two different roles in the original 1976 production of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures.

True Believers: Star Wars - Vader vs. Leia (2019) #1
True Believers: Star Wars – Vader vs. Leia #1 – written by Larry Hama

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz is a Philippine poet, writer, pop culture journalist, comic book editor, producer, and former television show host. She is sometimes popularly referred to as the Philippines’ “Queen of the Goths.”

Valeros and Gruenberg’s Filipino Writers in English (New Day, 1987) says of her writing: “Some have described her writing as dark and depressingly beautiful, with common themes focusing on heartache and missed soulmates.”

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Elena Patron

Elena M. Patron is a Filipino scriptwriter, novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist, and magazine columnist. Patron was one of the few women in the Philippines who ventured and succeeded in writing for Philippine comics, a field that was dominated by Filipino male writers.

Cara. Nobela ni Elena M. Patron. Guhit ni Hal Santiago. | Flickr

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Francis Manapul

Francis Manapul is a Filipino-born comic book artist living in Toronto, Canada. He is currently the writer and artist on DC’s New 52 THE FLASH. In 2011 he was awarded the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist of the year, as well as an Inkwell Award of that same year. His past work for DC includes ADVENTURE COMICS, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and THE FLASH. In the past he’s penciled Iron and the Maiden, Necromancer, Sept Guerrieres, Tomb Raider, The Darkness, G.I Joe and Witchblade.

Hey gang here’s another instalment of #fjmbtsthursday where we take a closer look at the art work for the DC Reads campaign. Being a huge of the Batman Animated series, I was attempting to give this piece the same vibe. Hope you all enjoy! #batman...
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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Ernie Chan

Ernesto “Ernie” Chan was a Chinese-American comic artist, born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 1970. Ernie Chan was born Ernie Chua due to what he called “a typographical error on my birth certificate that I had to use until I had a chance to change it to ‘Chan’ when I got my [U.S.] citizenship in ’76.”

He is particularly known for his work on the Marvel Comics version of Conan the Barbarian, although he has also worked for other publishers such as DC Comics. He studied with John Buscema, and also worked with him as the inker on Conan during the 1970s. He inked the art of John’s brother Sal on The Incredible Hulk.

Later, Chan pencilled several issues of Conan and Doctor Strange, and worked on Kull the Destroyer in 1977 and Power Man in the 1980s. For DC Comics, he did the Claw the Unconquered series. Chan was also a cover artist, being the “go-to guy” for DC covers during the 1970s.

Powerman, art by by Ernie Chan
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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Gerry Talaoc

Gerry Talaoc is a Filipino artist, that went to work for the US market in the 1970s. Initially through Tony De Zuniga‘s studios, he contributed to DC’s war and horror titles, including House of Mystery, The Unexpected, Weird War Tales and Unknown Soldier. In the mid-1970s, he was also present at Pendulum Press with comics adaptations of literary classics. In the 1980s, he worked on several titles for Marvel Comics, such as ‘Comet Man’ and ‘Alpha Flight’, but he is best known for his work as an inker on ‘The Incredible Hulk’. In the 1970s, he illustrated horror comics at DC.

Gerry Talaoc – In My Not So Humble Opinion

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