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Today’s show: Level Up – the work of Gene Luen Yang

July 14, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

Panel Borders: Level Up – the work of Gene Luen Yang

Excerpts from Level Up and Legends of the Joystick by Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham

Excerpts from Level Up and Legends of the Joystick by Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham

Continuing our month of shows about the crossover between comics and video games, Alex Fitch talks to American cartoonist Gene Luen Yang about his recent comics about games – his graphic novel Level Up and web strip Legends of the Joystick, both illustrated in watercolours by Thien Pham. Alex and Gene also talk about the use of autobiography in his comics, the elegant simplicity of older video games, and the occurrences of magical realism in his work from American Born Chinese to his forthcoming graphic novels about the Boxer Rebellion.

5pm, Thursday 14/07/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at / podcast after broadcast at

Links: Read Legends of the Joystick and an extract from Level Up at
Read an additional behind the scenes cartoon about Level Up by Yang at
Gene’s website:
Interview with Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham at

Recommended events:

Pub Fiction presents…

The regular ‘Pub Fiction’ slot at the Lass O’Gowrie pub in Manchester presents Q and As with popular British comic book and fantasy writers:

Ramsey Campbell, July 18th, 6.30pm (£5 / ticket)
John Reppion, July 19th, 6.30pm (£2 / ticket)
Al Ewing, July 22nd, 6.30pm (£2 / ticket)
Bryan Talbot, July 23rd, 5pm (£5 / ticket)
Stephen Gallagher, July 23rd, 6.30pm (£5 / ticket)
Paul Magrs and George Mann, July 24th, 5pm (£2 / ticket)

Buy tickets at We Got Tickets or pay on the door.

Part of The Lass O’Gowrie‘s LassFest.

The Lass O’Gowrie
36 Charles Street
M1 7DB

New Cross Turn Left

A new one day comic book festival in South London, featuring the cream of local creators who have made an impact in the comics and children’s publishing industries.

Creators appearing at The Old Police Station, Deptford include Julia Scheele, Howard Hardiman, Woodrow Phoenix, Gary Northfield, David O’Connell, Ellen Lindner, Matt Sheret, Tom Humberstone and many more… There’s live music, the performance of an all ages ‘Derek the Sheep’ play, coffee, cakes and booze!

Sunday 24th July, 1pm – 11pm
The Old Police Station, 114 Amersham Vale, London, SE14 6LG
More info at

Here’re further video instructions:

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  1. Level Up on Panel Borders : Gene Luen Yang reblogged this and added:

    […] I spoke with Alex Fitch from the Panel Borders podcast recently.  We talked about comics, working with Thien Pham, and, of course, Tiger parenting.  Listen to the whole thing here. […]


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