PORTLAND, Ore. 5.20.2021 — The hot new series The Good Asian by bestselling Infidel writer Pornsak Pichetshote and fan favorite artist Alexandre Tefenkgi (Outpost Zero) has sold out at the distributor level and is being fast-tracked by Image Comics for a reprint. This second printing will feature provocative new cover art by Dustin Nguyen.
The series was originally announced as a nine issue miniseries, but due to the overwhelming success of the comic—and an abundance of story yet to be explored—it will be extended into a ten issue run.
"For a person who makes a living stringing words together, I'm having a hard time finding ones that appropriately encompass how sincerely honored, grateful, and blown away I am by the book's reception. A comic centering around Asian-American history was always going to be a risk, but the support the book's gotten from Image, fellow creators, retailers, and especially the readers have really underscored why I love comics as much as I do," said Pichetshote.
Tefenkgi added: "There’s nothing more gratifying than working with passion to give a distinctive voice to a story and seeing that this voice is heard by your audience. I’m beyond grateful. Can’t wait to continue the dialogue."
Similar to the lauded series Infidel—which NPR named one of their “100 Favorite Horror Stories” and included in their Best Books of the Year list—this meticulously researched new series from Pichetshote and Tefenkgi explores race through a genre lens and has been a particularly timely read for fans in search of content to support during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
The Good Asian has gone on to garner mainstream media appeal with coverage of the series appearing across many news outlets including Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Los Angeles Daily News, among others, as well as being praised by Asian Review of Books in an early review of the debut issue.
The Good Asian introduces readers to main character Edison Hark—a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective—on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown. The Good Asian is Chinatown noir starring the generation of Americans to come of age under America’s first immigration ban—the Chinese Exclusion Act—as they’re besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.
The Good Asian #1, second printing (Diamond Code APR218630) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 16.
The Good Asian #2 Cover A by Dave Johnson (Diamond Code APR210292) and The Good Asian #2 Cover B by Annie Wu (Diamond Code APR210293) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 9.
The Good Asian is also available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play
“Both important and incredibly fun. Don’t miss it.” —Scott Snyder, Nocterra, Batman
“Absolutely the best kind of comics noir." —Kieron Gillen, The Wicked + The Divine, Die
"With snappy period dialogue and deftly engaging art, Pornsak And Alex have crafted a gripping and authentic crime story from an Asian-American POV. This is the book I've been waiting for." —Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls
"Edison Hark immediately joins the ranks of Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade in a smart, classic noir drenched in style and history." —James Tynion IV, The Department of Truth, Batman
“The best noir comic I've read in years. It's taut, evocative, and though it's set nearly 100 years ago, incredibly relevant.” —G. Willow Wilson, Ms. Marvel
"Like any good noir, a sense of dread hangs off every page of The Good Asian, a brittle story that takes place during an unfamiliar time in our history that is tragically all too familiar now in our present." —Brian Azzarello, 100 Bullets, Moonshine
“Fantastic.” —Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth, Gideon Falls