American Born Chinese writer and artist Gene Luen Yang is no stranger to adolescents grappling with big questions. But now he’s taking his insight for the humor, drama, and pain of young adulthood from history. His latest graphic novel Boxers & Saints follows the parallel tales of two Chinese teens who grow up through the Boxer Rebellion. The two-book collection, which hits shelves Sept. 10, views the early 20th century rebellion on both sides of the struggle, from the perspective of the Boxers and the Christian converts.
Yang, who also writes the Avatar: The Last Airbender series of graphic novels, spoke to EW about his latest ventures and how he needed a superhero-sized breather while tackling such a devastating and defining event.
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