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Keynote: Drawing Social Justice — How Your Art Can Help Change the World.

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Creator, “Secret Asian Man” Tak  Toyoshima  is  the  artist/creator  of the  comic  strip  "Secret  Asian  Man."  Starting  as  a two-page  monthly  in  a  Boston-based  arts  magazine,  "Secret  Asian  Man"  became  a  weekly comic  strip  for  the  next  six  years.  In  the  fall  of  2006,  "Secret  Asian  Man"  was  scouted  by  United Features  Syndicate  ("Peanuts,"  "Dilbert,"  and  "Boondocks")  and  developed to launch in July of 2007 as the first Asian American comic strip since the days of Bruce Lee and Charlie Chan. Toyoshima has worked on many comic art related projects and publications in support of marginalized communities   including, Secret Identities:    An    Asian    American    Superhero Anthology,New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George  Takei,APB:  Artists Against Police Brutality, and most recently,Kwok, a self-published short story fundraiser to assist Asian seniors in the wake of the surge of anti-Asian violence. He also teaches a weekly comics and sequential arts class to middle school aged kids in Massachusetts' south shore area.Toyoshima  was  born  and  raised  in  New  York  City's  Tribeca  on  the  borders  of  SoHo, Chinatown,  and  Little  Italy.  This  breeding  ground  for  creativity  and  multi-cultural  experiences provided a solid foundation for him to become the confused artist he is today.Topics:•Asian Americans in the Mainstream•What It Takes to Get an Asian American Comic Strip in the Dailie