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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s also honor John Lewis - the last surviving Civil Rights leader to speak at the Lincoln Memorial after MLK’s March on Washington (right before his famous “I Have a Dream” speech).

His graphic novels: MARCH (Book One) and MARCH (Book Two) are available from Top Shelf now, and they are great. Go get ‘em.

History is important, and the Civil Rights Movement is as relevant now as ever. Learning from folks who were actually there helps bring stories you usually read about in textbooks into the context of real life. All this happened just a couple generations ago. Your grandparents would remember this like it was yesterday. It’s not as far back as most people think!

It was the greatest honor to meet and speak with Congressman John Lewis last year at spx. He was generous with his time and his harrowing stories. I’ve encountered plenty of people at conventions who have inspired me as an artist, but Mr. Lewis was an inspiration as a person. Like the title says: Real-life superhero.

True story. If anyone ever wondered why comics is so male-dominated, here’s one of your reasons.

I normally would be extremely thankful to anyone kind enough to give their time for a portfolio review, but this fella was… offensive. He also asked me if I drew manga before I even sat down, because he doesn’t review manga. Yeesh.

Facts:

- I didn’t eat or enjoy pizza until I saw the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show.

- Some of my earliest memories were watching the TV show, playing with the toys, playing the video games, and watching the movies.

- Not DIRECTLY related to my life, but important: Rob Paulsen voices Raphael in the original TMNT and my boy DONNIE in the new TMNT. It’s comforting hearing his voice as a turtle again. The whole thing is a nostalgia trip, but also a wonderful new show.

In my apparent quest to become a child again, I’m all about the new TMNT show. It’s a show made by fans, for fans - both new and old. It’s seriously good writing and animation. Bonus: being a martial arts freak, I can confirm that they really did their homework in that aspect.

Go watch it if you haven’t already! (Streaming on nick.com)

Long hiatus from my journal comic because I’ve been too busy to even reflect on what’s happening in my life. These past two months have been nutso, and I really had to get this comic out of me so the friends and family in my life can know how much I love them.

This also goes to everyone who follows my work here at my website or on tumblr, thank you so much for helping me live my dream. It’s been a great year so far, and it’ll only get better once my convention season finally starts! Stay tuned :)

Hello followers! If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been updating as much with comics (and to my personal friends, why I haven’t been seen out and about AT ALL), it’s because I’ve been working on my first solo project!

ROLLER GIRL AND THE FLYING SIDE KICK, CHAPTER ONE will be premiering at Boston Comic Con 2013 (April 20-21, Hynes Convention Center). If you cannot make it to Boston Comic Con, it will be available through my new online store at http://randalltrang.bigcartel.com/ on the same date! Information on a digital release will be available at a later date.

So what’s it about? Here’s the official solicitation blurb:

"The lives of Deborah Baum, the city’s finest roller derby player, and martial arts master Han Kit Lau change when the mysterious Ai brings a chaotic alien war to the shores of Port Side City.

Superhero/Sci-Fi/All-Ages
Release: April 2013
Self-published (printed through Ka-Blam Digital Printing)
Black and White
32 pages w/ full color front and back covers
$8.00”

I’ve spent many years trying to find the resources to put together this little indy all-ages superhero book, and I’d like to thank all of my family and friends who have been incredibly supportive and have made this project finally possible. I love you all.

Hope you guys stay tuned! I’ll be posting preview pages of CHAPTER ONE every Wednesday leading up to the premier at Boston Comic Con. Thanks again!

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Thank you to everyone who sent me condolences this past week. My grandmother was a very special person and very special to me. The wonderful thing about having such a large family is that you are surrounded by so much love, and I never take it for granted. Grandma did not either.

Please help me honor my grandmother by just giving this comic a quick read and learning a little bit about her. Her life was extraordinary, and her impact even more so.

Yesterday was her funeral and we all got to say goodbye. But honoring her life will not end at her wake or her funeral. Rest in peace, Ma.

It’s the Lunar New Year, but sadly my family is still in mourning - a period that traditionally is recognized for a full month. Chinese tradition will dictate that saying “Happy New Year” around me and my family would be rude to her memory, but there’s nothing preventing me from continuing to talk about how awesome my Grandma was. Rest in power, 媽.

Illustrating Some of georgethecat’s Top 100 Hottest Dudes in Comics!
#99 Frank Castle/The Punisher 

So the wonderful blogger georgethecat gave me the go-ahead to draw some of the men in her “Hottest Dudes” list, so here’s the first installment in the web-exclusive series :)

I apologize for my extended absence from updating my blog, but all of my time has been taken up by working on a lot of comics projects that I can’t really post up here on the web (yet!). I have a big solo project that’s in the making and a project I’m working on with a writer friend that we’re not comfortable sharing just yet. I’m also in the midst of writing a comic that will be illustrated by a friend of mine, hopefully (Hi, Emmy).

Anyway, this series of Hottest Dudes will include mostly people I find interesting to draw or guys who normally aren’t seen in romantic or outwardly “sexy” roles. It’s pretty obvious that women in mainstream superhero comics all have to have oodles of sex appeal, which unfortunately gets translated to corny cheesecake drawings a lot of the time. My task now is to draw the dudes in the cheesecakeyest fashion while still keeping the characters intact. They’ll be pretty corny, but tongue-in-cheek corny, I guess. I hope you enjoy them :D

First up, #99: Frank Castle/The Punisher. Because blood and guts are sexy. Thanks, georgethecat!