In this week’s episode of Off Panel, cartoonist Gene Luen Yang joins to chat about his work and his upcoming graphic novel, Dragon Hoops. Yang discusses what made him fall in love with comics, his love of telling stories, the development of Dragon Hoops, whether he resisted making a basketball book considering his (previous) distaste of the sport, telling a story set in the real world, the secret identities of athletes, figuring out the structure of the book, the inclusion of basketball history, handling real people in real time, how his relationship with basketball changed, what he learned about himself and storytelling over the experience, and more.
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Header art is from the cover of Dragon Hoops. Off Panel’s theme music is an original track by custom music agency Upright T-Rex Music, written and performed specifically for the podcast. A huge thanks to Ross and Cody from Upright T-Rex Music for putting the track together!