In the September/October 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Sam Bloom asked Gene Luen Yang about the process of creating the two volumes of Boxers & Saints. Read the starred review here.
Sam Bloom: Did you write both volumes at the same time, or did one come before the other? How did you decide to split the story into two parts?
Gene Luen Yang: I outlined both volumes, but then scripted and drew Boxers before Saints. When I was researching the Boxer Rebellion, I couldn’t decide if I sympathized more with the Boxers or their Chinese Christian victims. The two-volume nature of the project reflects my ambivalence. The protagonists in Boxers are the antagonists in Saints, and vice versa.