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The Society of Illustrators presents an exhibit of work by artist Gene Luen Yang, featuring art from the award-winning graphic novel series Boxers & Saints.

Boxers & Saints is a two-volume project taking place during the Boxer Rebellion which was fought on Chinese soil over 100 years ago. In the first volume, the Boxers, a group of poor, illiterate Chinese countrymen who develop powerful fighting skills, are the protagonists. In the second book,Yang writes from the point of view of their Chinese Christian enemies.

Yang states, “I wanted each volume to be distinct from the other. Boxers is much longer, almost twice as long as Saints. It’s my attempt at a comics version of a Chinese war epic, full of glory and color and bloody battle sequences.”

Boxers & Saints received numerous recognitions including the LA Times Book Prize and was nominated for a National Book Award. In this exhibit, Yang shares his process work from early sketches to final product. Featuring color work by Lark Pien.

On display in the 2nd Floor MoCCA Gallery. A lecture and book signing with the artist will take place on Thursday, November 19th beginning at 6:30PM.

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