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Saturday, July 18, 2009

What better place than Geppi’s Entertainment Museum for a few secret identities? On July 18, 2009, the pop culture palace and its walk-through timeline of entertainment history will place host to a signing for the new book, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology.

The book’s Editor-at-Large Keith Chow will be joined there by artist Alex Tarampi, SI Art Director Jerry Ma, and legendary writer-artist-editor Larry Hama (G.I. Joe) at GEM from noon until 4:00 PM including a presentation, discussion and the signing.

And if you’re not in Baltimore, there are some other upcoming stops on the Secret Identities tour.On Friday, July 17, SI editor-in-chief Jeff Yang will be joined by inker Walden Wong at the Salinas Public Library in Salinas, CA, and the whole Secret Identities crew will be at San Diego Comic-Con this year (at booth #1735).

Visit www.secretidentities.org for more details!
- Book Tour 2009: http://secretidentities.org/Site/The_Tour.html
- The SI Blog: http://secretidentitiesbook.blogspot.com
- Preview/Preface: http://secretidentities.org/preview.pdf

ABOUT THE BOOK:

What if we told you a tale about a quiet, unassuming guy with black hair and thick glasses? He’s an immigrant, who’s done his best to fit in to a world that isn’t his—one very different from  the land of his birth. He’s got a hidden side to himself that he can’t quite bring himself to show, not even to the popular girl he’s got a huge crush on. If only she knew who he really was—what he could really do—she’d be amazed, he thinks. If only she knew. If only everyone knew... 

For many Asian Americans, this chronicle is a familiar one, because many of us lived it. But this also happens to be the story of a mild-mannered reporter named Clark Kent, better known to the world by his alter ego: Superman. And it’s just one example of the parallels between the cultural narrative of Asian America and the mythic foundation of the comic book superhero.  

These parallels, along with the burgeoning array of Asian American creative talent in the mainstream and alternative comics industries, are what have led New York Times best-selling author Jeff Yang; independent comics creator Jerry Ma; comics education specialist Keith Chow, and actor Parry Shen to team up to edit Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, the first-ever graphic novel collection of original stories exploring the universe of masked marvels and caped crusaders from the perspective of the nation's fastest-growing and most dynamic emerging community.