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     The narrative of the superhero incorporates concepts like Presenting examples of these ideas as depicted in the pioneering graphic novel collection SECRET IDENTITIES: The Asian American Superhero Anthology and in mainstream superhero comics, the editors of SECRET IDENTITIES guide teams of participants through the process of creating original superhero characters that organically and authentically relate to the Asian American experience, then lead a discussion about the places these heroes come from. At the conclusion of the workshop, a SECRET IDENTITIES artist will render a professional sketch of the hero that best expresses the concepts of the workshop, which can be presented to a randomly drawn participant or used in a charity auction or other activity.


  1. Educational and entertaining

  2. Best for mixed audiences, younger audiences and as part of a larger conference

  3. Can be readily integrated into a classroom setting


ALTERNATE REALITIES: Re-Imagining America Through the Lens of Graphic Fiction

      What if the U.S. were originally colonized by its first explorers—the Chinese? What if Japan had never attacked Pearl Harbor? What if masked marvels and caped crusaders were a matter of fact, not fantasy? Jumping off from the "shadow history" presented in the new graphic novel collection SECRET IDENTITIES: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, editors will use the conventions of comic book continuity to frame exercises that consider how the world--and our own lives--might be different if major historical events had taken a different path. In the second half of the workshop, writers and artists will be put into teams to collaborate in creating and presenting outlines of graphic short stories set in these new imagined realities. Participants should bring samples of their artwork or writing (sequential or otherwise).


  1. Provocative and challenging

  2. Best for creative audiences, older audiences (college/corporate), and as free-standing half-day activity (additional costs may apply)

  3. Ideal for innovation/scenario-planning/brainstorming purposes beyond Asian American communities, e.g.: marketers, insights teams, new product development groups and strategic planners




Price: $3000 + travel/lodging


Two SECRET IDENTITIES editors and/or contributors (see bios) to present and lead one of the two workshops above with a group of up to 75 participants.

SECRET IDENTITIES KEYNOTE at ECAASU 2009:


Top to Bottom:

1. Managing editor Parry Shen, art director Jerry Ma, and  education and outreach editor Keith Chow;

2. video clips and visual presentation;

3. a packed house 4. Ma, Shen, Chow, and editor-in-chief Jeff Yang pose with a copy of the book (photos: David Chau)

SECRET IDENTITIES at ECAASU 2009

SECRET IDENTITIES Interactive Workshop