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Shattered : The Asian American Comics Anthology

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Three years after the publication of the groundbreaking Asian American comics anthology Secret Identities, the team is back with a new volume – bigger, bolder, and more breathtaking in scope. While the first collection focused on the conventions of superhero comics, this new book expands its horizon to include edgier genres, from hard-boiled pulp to horror, adventure, fantasy, and science fiction.

Using this darker range of hues, it seeks to subvert – to shatter – the hidebound stereotypes that have obscured the Asian image since the earliest days of immigration: the stoic brute, the prodigious brain, the exotic temptress, the inscrutable alien, the devious manipulator. The eclectic and impressive line-up of contributors includes many leading Asian American comics creators – Gene Yang, Sonny Liew, Cliff Chiang, Bernard Chang, Greg Pak, and Neil Babra – as well as film and literary standouts Jamie Ford, Michael Kang, and Tanuj Chopra.

Their original graphic short stories cover topics from ethnic kiddie shows, China’s AIDS policy, and airline security procedures to the untold backstory of Flash Gordon’s nemesis Ming the Merciless and the gritty reality of a day in the life of a young Koreatown gangster. Shattered incorporates thrills, chills, and delight while exposing the hidden issues and vital truths of the nation’s fastest-growing and most dynamic community.

New Press, paperback, 208 pages, published November 2012 

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