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Gene Luen Yang virtual visit on February 2nd!

Don’t miss award-winning author and artist Gene Luen Yang for a community virtual event on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 6:30 PM. Gene will present on “How Comics Lead to Harmony” and engage in an audience Q & A.
Gene Luen Yang is the bestselling writer and artist behind the Avatar: the Last Airbender comics, and many other iconic works.
Gene was named the next National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress in early 2016. He is the first writer who works primarily in graphic novels to be named ambassador. During his two year tenure, Gene promoted Reading Without Walls, a platform he developed with the Children's Book Council and his publisher, First Second, that aims to excite young people about reading outside their
comfort zones. In September 2016, he was awarded a fellowship with the MacArthur Foundation and the accompanying prestigious "genius" grant.
After speaking out against the lack of diversity in the casting of the Avatar: The Last Airbender movie, Gene was asked to write the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics, which he does to this day, as well as writing Superman (with John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, and Howard Porter) for DC Comics.

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