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First Second Books has announced Secret Coders, a graphic novel by Eisner winner and National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang and Bravest Warriors cartoonist Mike Holmes. The publisher indicated on Twitter that it’s the first book in a series.
Aimed at middle-schoolers, Secret Coders centers on Hopper and Eni, who discover their rather mundane prep school was built atop another mysterious institution, one dedicated dedicated to secret and wonderful knowledge — computer code.
“There’s something magic about coding, especially old-school coding,” Yang, who for the past 17 years has taught computer programming to high-school students, tells Wired. “When you type these words into this machine, something kind of magic, something kind of crazy happens.”
His hope is for readers to learn code alongside Hopper and Eni. “There’s a pure, visceral sense of joy [in coding] that I want to communicate with my students and my readers,” Yang says. “When I learned how to code in fifth grade there was something very empowering about it. What I tell my students is that deep down inside of every coder is this desire for control. You get to tell this really powerful machine what to do.”
First Second, which published Yang’s American Born Chinese, The Eternal Smile, Level Up, Boxers and Saints and The Shadow Hero, will release Secret Coders on Sept. 28.
There’s been a lot of disinformation about the origins of the series of tubes that sprang fully formed from the mind of Al Gore. At last, the truth has been told, and in handy comics form by cartoonist Mike Holmes. He created this for a magazine last year that never got off the ground and it’s been making its way around the Tumblr.