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The editors and contributors of the pioneering Asian American graphic novel collection SECRET IDENTITIES: THE ASIAN AMERICAN SUPERHERO ANTHOLOGY are available to come to your school, company or organization! Book them now for the SECRET IDENTITIES LAUNCH TOUR 2009 (Asian Pacific American Heritage MonthApril / May 2009) and save money by leveraging existing travel arrangements. Current tour cities include:


Austin, TX

Chicago, IL

Boston, MA

Seattle/Tacoma, WA

Raleigh-Durham, NC

Baltimore, MD

Los Angeles, CA

San Francisco, CA

San Diego, CA

New York, NY


Three different tour packages are available. All include discounted rates on purchases of the SECRET IDENTITIES book (standard rate: $21.95 plus tax; discounted rate: $20 per signed book with limited-edition bookplate, or $17 each for bulk orders of 10 or more at a time, plus shipping)

Price: $6000 + travel/lodging


Four SECRET IDENTITIES editors or contributors (see bios) to lead activities over the course of one full weekday or one weekend, including one of the following:


Panel discussion: An hour-long discussion of Asian American stereotypes, media representation and "invisible history" using SECRET IDENTITIES as a jumping-off point (see New York Comic-Con 2009 panel video above as an example)

Classroom presentation: An hour-long presentation plus guided discussion using the SECRET IDENTITIES lesson plans available for free download at secretidentities.org

Keynote speech: A 30 to 60 minute auditorium format speech plus Q&A by SECRET IDENTITIES editors on any topic related to the book


AND one full SECRET IDENTITIES interactive workshop, 60 to 90 minutes in length—choose from either:


IMAGINARY ICONS: Using superheroes to explore Asian American identity

The narrative of the superhero incorporates concepts like multiple identity, cultural dislocation, social exclusion, conflicts between expectations and performance, and the concept of "different" as both empowering and alienating.

The Full SECRET IDENTITIES Experience

SECRET IDENTITIES:

THE ASIAN AMERICAN SUPERHERO ANTHOLOGY


Top to Bottom:

1. The book's cover; 2. From the book's preface: A parody of the first issue of THE X-MEN, conceived by editor-in-chief Jeff Yang and rendered by senior artist Jef Castro

SECRET IDENTITIES at NYCC 2009